Trendy Back to School Hair Styles for Black Hair

With fashion currently referencing so many different eras and cultures, now is a great time for girls to try out a hairstyle that will set them apart from their classmates.

It is refreshing to see a return to natural looks for black hair. Stars such as Janelle Monae, Esperanza Spalding and Solange Knowles are embracing the spiral curls they were born with, meaning the look is both original and less expensive than paying for relaxers.A great look for those heading back to hallways and campuses is the natural mohawk. Antoinette's Funky Mohawkis High Style It brings the same drama as a pompadour, but can showcase some bold color as well.By cutting the sides short and teasing up the center, students will notice it puts a strong emphasis on their eyes and necks, making it a wise choice for those who like dramatic eye shadow and statement necklaces.Another great look for ladies looking to cut their hair short is the updated pageboy. Dominique's Hair Style features heavy blunt bangs, a popular trend for fall, and showcases healthy, shiny locks.

Looking Lean Without Losing Weight

I am always "meaning" to lose weight, but seldom do I get around to actually following through with this task. Luckily, for people like myself, there are easy ways to fake a more slender appearance without strapping on your athletic wear and cutting carbs.

Facial Contouring 
Facial contouring is the method of using a concealer cream and/or bronzing powder, typically two shades darker than your skin color, to define certain areas of your face and neck. By sucking in your cheeks and applying the cream or powder to the indented area along the jaw line, you can create a subtle shadow that makes your cheekbones stand out. Contouring beneath the chin and throughout the length of your jaw line can create an illusion of an elongated face. Shading your temples on each side of your face can compliment the look, adding to an even narrower face. Not only will you look thinner than you really are, but the contouring also allows for a brighter complexion.

Layered Cuts with Highlights 
We all know horizontal stripes make you look wider and vertical stripes slim you, so why not apply this knowledge to your hair? Highlighting not only brightens your face, but it also elongates it, with vertical contrasting tones. Layered cuts, with the shortest layers beginning just below the chin are also best for rounder faces. Longer layers in the hair can offer volume and bounce, making the face appear smaller in comparison.

50 Life Skills Every Modern Woman Should Know

  1. Open a bottle of champagne.
  2. Drink without getting a hangover the next morning. Tip: Line your stomach with bread, drink one glass of water for every glass of alcohol, and don't drink more than three glasses of red wine.
  3.  Look good in a photo. Tip: Turn your head slightly to one side rather than look the camera head-on; stand (or sit) straight with your shoulders back; arch your back ever so slightly; don't press your arms against your body; unless you have a prominent chin, stick it out just a little to accentuate your jawline.
  4. Remove unwanted body hair the most effectively, painlessly, and affordable way possible for her.
  5. Dump someone gracefully. Tip: Do it in person, if possible; get to the point quickly, choose a time when the other person isn't expected somewhere any time soon (like work... or a wedding); give a reasonable explanation; answer whatever questions he or she may ask.
  6. Write a sincere thank you note.
  7. Set a lovely table, no matter how casual the meal is.

5 Tips for Healthy Hair

Who doesn't want a lovely set of locks as seen on TV? After spending ridiculous amounts of money on shampoo and conditioner combo sets promising silky smooth tresses, I've decided that there must be more I can do to revive my straightened and colored hair. Try the following tips for healthy hair worthy of a hair care commercial.

Eat Healthy 
It's always good to consume a well-balanced diet, but what foods help ensure healthy hair? Choose foods that are high in protein, zinc, biotin, and omega-3 fatty acids. Proteins assist in repairing brittle hair, promote growth, and maintain color. Individuals lacking in zinc intake may experience shedding. Biotin deficiencies can result in brittle hair. Omega-3 fatty acids help to condition hair and support a healthy scalp. 
  • Have some kidney beans with dinner. Kidney beans contain protein, zinc, and biotin. 
  • Snack on some walnuts. Walnuts include omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. 
  • Go for the poultry! Eat chicken and turkey that are high in quality proteins and iron. 
  • Start your day off with some whole grains. Opt for some whole wheat bread or whole grain cereals for breakfast. Whole grains contain zinc, iron, and B vitamins.