Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hair Relaxer for White Men

Relaxer creams work by breaking down the protein bonds in the hair's keratin cortex. By breaking up the protein bonds, the hair relaxes – straightening and smoothing it. If you are looking for a hair relaxer for white men, realize that you are a bit of an outlier. Hair relaxers are typically marketed for black woman and woman with very curly or coily hair. If you're a white man with a Jewfro or with a mean cowlick, then you can still use hair relaxers, but just realize that there is no such thing as a "hair relaxer for white men". There are just hair relaxers. So down the ethnic hair isle you go at your local drugstore!

These are the top three hair relaxers for white men - or people who don't have extremely coily hair, but are still interested in using a hair relaxer. These have more gentler formulations that are effective on hair patterns that are bit more loose than juxtaposed to African-American hair types. If you are looking for a more temporary solution, then use a straightening hair balm. 

Phytospecific Phytorelaxer Index #1

Phytospecific Phytorelaxer's come in three different strengths. Phytorelaxer #1 is perfect for white men or people that have very loose waves or curls. Phytorelaxer

Top 5 Straightening Hair Balms

Have hair that is a bit too curly or two wavy? Then straightening hair balms might be the solution for you. Hair balms are designed to coat the hair with a polymer, allowing you to manipulate it into any style you want. The polymer is able to weigh down the hair, elongating the curl and wave. This allows for a temporary, straightening effect. Curly and wavy hair has the propensity for frizz. The great thing about these top 5 hair straightening hair balms, is that they are very moisturizing, helping to reduce frizz. This is also an alternative solution for white men who are looking for a hair relaxer. Just sayin'.

Redken Align 12 Straight Balm

Redken Align 12 Straight Balm is formulated with sugars that fortify and strengthen the hair. This allows for perfect control of your locks, regardless if you are woman or man using the product. I like the fact that this product is anti-humidity, extremely taming, and can be used in conjunction with a flat iron for perfectly sleek hair. For those who like to use a flat iron: this stuff has heat-protectant built right into it.

Alterna Hemp Straightening Balm

Alterna Hemp Straightening Balm is formulated with hemp oil. The Benefits of hemp oil on the hair ranges from superior moisturization, the prevention of water loss in the hair's cortex, and the

Mane Depot Euro Hair Detangler Review

Do you know how when you purchase new hair wefts and they are shiny, silky, and manageable? But after a couple of weeks the hair becomes dull, prone to tangles, and very stiff? Well that is the effect of hair silicones. The hair silicone wraps the hair and protects it from external aggressors, as well as help prevent water loss. This allows for silky and smooth hair. But as you wash, condition, and brush your weave wefts, this silicone is eventually removed. Revealing the true form of the hair – raggedy, tangling hair that is impossible to manage. That is the reality of all of the hair that you see in the beauty supply stores and on online boutiques. So I was under the impression that as long as I give my mom a bottle of silicone-rich conditioner, the life of her weave wefts will be extended. But that was not the case. Hair factories that manufacture the hair on the hair wefts use premium silicones that will stay on the hair for 10 to 14 hair washes. Mane Depot Euro Hair Detangler is marketed as a hair silicone that will restore hair wefts and hair pieces, something akin to the premium, professional stuff. Yeah - not so much.
Mane Depot Euro Hair Detangler

Mane Depot Euro Hair Detangler Quick Facts

  • The thing is oily as heck
  • There are no ingredients printed or listed anywhere
  • Mane Depot and Onrite Euro Hair Detangler is the same product

Mane Depot Euro Hair Detangler Directions

Here are the directions printed on the front of the 4 oz bottle: "In a large plastic mixing bowl mix the following formula. 2

Monday, July 22, 2013

Paraben And Phthalate Free Makeup  

Why Natural and Organic - Paraben and Phtalate Free - Makeup Products Are Important?

If you have sensitive skin, then using makeup with natural and organic ingredients will benefit you - in more ways than one - for it won't have derivatives that can potentially cause problems. "Conscious" individuals want "conscious" products that will minimize their exposure to carcinogens, viruses, and aging substances. I don't have particularly sensitive skin, but I like to use natural and organic products around my delicate under eye area. The under eye area is where the first signs of aging will show, so I am pretty diligent about the products that I use on it. I use a paraben and phthalate free makeup approach when dealing with that area.

Parabens and phthalates are two inorganic ingredients that are in most makeup products. But to understand the possible dangers of parabens and phthalates, we need to understand what they are and how function on the human body.

What Are Parabens?

Parabens are preservatives used in makeup and skin care products. Typically, there will more than one type of paraben used in most cosmetic products. Parabens are used with other types of preservatives to help reduce mold, bacteria, and other microorganisms from festering and growing. In laymen's terms, parabens protect the consumers against microbial growth. However, overexposure to parabens can be detrimental.

What Are the Dangers of Parabens?

If you have sensitive skin, then you will find products that contain parabens to be irritating. Dermatitis and rosacea are connected to the

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Amodimethicone Buildup: Silicone in Hair

What is Amodimethicone?

Amodimethicone is a type of silicone that is usually found in hair conditioners and hair masks. This amine – functionalized silicone is unique to other hair silicones like dimethicone. Amodimethicone is "lighter" than dimethicone, making it an ideal ingredient for those who are looking for a conditioner that won't weigh it down.

Amodimethicone works via electrostatic attraction –  allowing the polymers to attract to the damaged areas on the hair cuticle. Damaged cuticles usually have a higher negative charge, allowing the positive charged amodimethicone to bridge these damaged gaps. The end result is shiny hair that seems healthy. I need to put an emphasis on the word it "seems". These conditioning agents will give you temporary beautiful hair. The only way to legitimately fixed damaged hair is to trim it.

Too many negative charges, and your hair will have the tendency to tangle up

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The ABC'S Of Men's Fashion: Men's Style Rules

There are certain men's fashion rules that a stylish, modern man must follow. Every man has an assortment of fashion questions whenever they open their closet. I was inspired by 101 Men's Fashion Tips, that I've decided to conjure up my own tips and tricks. Good luck, men!

A is for Alterations. Clothes should fit you like a comfortable glove. It shouldn't look like its draping over your body. If you are shopping for clothes, and you find that your pants are too long, or your shirt is too loose around the chest, then do not be afraid to go to a tailor. Alterations to a suit or sports coat will cost anywhere between $30 - $100. Shirts will cost between $20 - $30, more if you want to alter the sleeves. Dress pants will be between $10 - $15. Sometimes a body can be a bit disproportionate after weight gain or weight loss. It might be a bit of a faux pas, but don't write off the possibility of buying custom jeans. No one would be the wiser.

Brown shoes, brown belt. Black shoes, black belt. Simple.

C is for cashmere sweaters. ​A cashmere sweater is the gold standard in a fashionable man's closet. It's one of those clothing items that you should splurge on - and rightfully so. Cashmere sweaters are made from the wool of the kashmir goat. Purchase a cashmere sweater in a timeless dark hue, and with proper care, you will find that the sweater can last for many years.

Don't out-dress y​our boss. Unless you're trying to take his job position.

E is for emotional intelligence. ​Guess what, guy? When you step out into the world, most people are

How To: Lower Your Hairline with Makeup

It's natural man thing. Balding. All of a sudden, your youthful hairline starts to creep back. It can start early in your 20's or later in your 50's. But 80% men have some form of hair loss by the time they are 70. But that's okay. There's a little thing called "makeup". Sadly, lowering your hairline with makeup is not a solution for those who are completely bald or beyond Norwood 1 or Norwood 2.​

How To Lower Your Hairline with Makeup
  1. Buy bronzer - or steal your girlfriend's makeup. There is a general rule when it comes to makeup - light colors bring attention, dark colors hide. You are going to need a bronzer in powder form. Stay away from cream or liquid bronzers. They are a bit tricky to work with. Essentially, you are going use the bronzer to lower your hairline. 
  2. ​Wash your face. We need a clean canvas to work with!
  3. Brush your hair back and away from the face. You are using makeup to lower your hairline - you don't want makeup on your actual hairs.​
  4. ​Pick up a small makeup brush,  dip it into the bronzer, and top off the excess.
  5. Use upstrokes, making sure to brush towards the hair. The bronzer is buildable, so make sure that you don't get too trigger happy. This method is most successful with those with receding temples. 
  6. Keep brushing on the bronzer until you see something akin to a shadow. Sweep some

Amodimethicone vs Demithicone: Best Silicone For Hair

Hair silicones wrap the hair in an invisible film. This "film" superficially and temporarily hides split ends, damaged hair cuticles, as well as help improve the retention of hair dye. Sound's all great and dandy, right? Not so quick. Using hair products with silicones can cause buildup over time, making your hair look perpetually greasing and decreasing the effects of your other hair care products (since the hair cuticle is "suffocated" with the silicone.)

Amodimethicone vs Demithicone

There are many different types of hair silicones. Amodimethicone and demithicone are two of the more popular silicones that are typically found in hair conditioners, hair masques, and hair serums. ​Even though both of these ingredients fall under the "silicone" family, they share different subcategories, as well as have properties that are unique to each other.

Amodimethicone Is Water Soluble. Demithicone is Not Water Soluble
Silicone has gotten a bad wrap - but it all depends on how you use them. There are many benefits of silicones in hair products. ​Amodithicone is a superior silicone when compared to demithicone. Demithicone is not water soluble - you will need a sulfate-based shampoo to remove demithicone. It can easily build up in the hair. Amodithicone is somewhat soluble in water, and it has the unique ability to attach to gaps and bridges in the hair shaft, reducing the chance of causing product buildup or the frequent use of harsh sulfate-based shampoos to rid the hair shaft of the silicone.

​The Loreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm is one of my favorite hair masques - and it is formulated with amodimethicone. Unlike other silicone based conditioners (like my Dove Intense Therapy Conditioner that is formulated with demithicone) I find that my Loreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm leaves my hair feeling silky, without feeling overly coated with product. I also find that it

How to Do The Perfect Hair Flip: Guide to Perfect Hair

The quintessential hair flip. ​It has seduces men, it showcases how healthy your genes are to potential suitors, and it triggers sexual responses from men. There is a certain art form when it comes to completing the perfect hair flip. I will speak about the link between hair health and sexual attraction, how to do a perfect hair flip, and products that you should use to do so. Ready. Set. Go!

Do Men Find Long Hair or Short Hair More Attractive?​ Okay. Before you can do a hair flip, you are going to need some hair. I will not disrespect women who run around with pixie cuts. ​Men do not hate women with boyish cuts. However, a large proportion of men do not like women with short hair. Why? Because hair is feminine. Hair is beautiful. Oh...and your hair tells men about any recent exposures to chemicals, the information in your DNA, if you drink, if you're a drug user, if you have healthy eating habits, or if you regularly shower. What I am trying to say is...that it's time grow out that pixie hair cut. You'll thank me later.

Prepare Your Hair For Take Off : There are a few prerequisites that you will need to take care of before you are worthy of performing the ultimate hair flip.

Create Volume for Wavy Hair

  1. ​Wash Your Hair - Greasy hair will not give you any lift. You need hair that has been purified from any junk. I recommend a clarifying shampoo to remove any product build-up. 
  2. Condition. But Don't Deep Condition. - Conditioner that instills too much moisture in hair will not lift. The hair will be plastered to your scalp. Stay away from silicone-based conditioners. Check the ingredients in your conditioner.
  3. Towel Dry and Blow Dry Hair - Remove excess moisture with a towel. ​Apply a small amount of your favorite heat protectant, focusing mostly on the ends of the hair. Comb through with a wide-

Cat Litter for Smaller Pores: Cat Litter Facial Mask

Cat litter face masks. You would ​never think that mixing cat litter with a bit of water can make for a mask that will banish large pores. But it does work - and its even a weekly part of my skincare regimen. If you are interested in using cat litter for smaller pores, make sure that you purchase the unscented cat litter. Cat litter contains over 70 trace elements, but the active ingredient that will shrink your pores is bentonite clay.

Benefits of Bentonite Clay in Face Masks

  • Bentonite clay - or aluminum phyllosilicate - is a natural clay derived from volcanic ash. Bentonite clay has unique abilities that allow it to purify the skin. When mixed with water, bentonite clay holds an electric charge, making it very effective at cleaning deep within the pores. The granules in the clay also offer a mild exfoliating treatment. 

  • Eating Bentonite Clay - When consumed, bentonite clay has an alkalizing effect in the body, helping to balance gut bacteria.
  • Bentonite clay for Constipation - In alternative medicine, bentonite clay is believed to help alleviate gastrointestinal problems ​

Applying a paste of bentonite on a wound will jumpstart the healing process. ​

How To Use DIY Cat Litter Face Mask

Kirkland Minoxidil Foam Ingredients

Male pattern baldness is very common amongst men, with two thirds of men experiencing some sort of hair loss by the age 35. American society expect balding men to be satisfied, even proud of their balding hair. Contrary to societal belief, most men are not happy about their hair loss, with some even slipping into depression.

Here is a video of me talking a bit about my experience with male pattern baldness, as well as an explanation behind dihydrotestosterone - the reason why male pattern baldness occur in the first place.

One of the products that I've tried is Kirkland Minoxidil Foam treatment. I recommend this hair loss

10 Ways to Lose Weight: Passively, Without Trying

I hate going to the gym. The reasons why I recently canceled my gym membership in lieu of an at home gym: I save money, my home gym is just a few steps away, and I am not subjected to stares from the muscle heads that tend to hog the gym weights. I approach my health goals with a three-pronged attack: a healthy diet, hitting it hard with my home gym, and passive exercising throughout the day. Here are my 10 ways to lose weight – without even trying.

#1. Take the stairs instead of the elevators or escalators. This one should be obvious. Walking up the stairs is more challenging and will allow you to burn more calories throughout the day. Also here's a tip: taking the stairs one at a time burns more calories than leaping up them.

#2. Walk to your destination instead of taking public transportation. I am a walker, and you will see me walking to my destination if it is less than 20 blocks away. All I need is my iPhone with my music and I could walk very long distances.

#3. Walk faster. It's all about moving briskly, regardless if you're walking up the stairs or walking to a destination. Please don't be like one of these New York tourists who do this crawling thing that they call walking.

#4. Eat spicy foods. Jalapenos are a mild weight loss aid. Dihydrocapsiate, the active compound in

Shea Moisture African Black Bar Soap Review

Shea Moisture is heralded as a skin and hair care line that caters to those whom are concerned with what they put on their skin. All of their products are naturally made, organic, and even help support communities in impoverished countries. I have a few of Shea Moisture's hair care stuff, but I never wandered into their skin care products. Until now. Introducing, Shea Moisture African Black Bar Soap. Which looks like this.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Review

Okay I'm going to come out with it: Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse is one of my favorite foundations. Forget favorite drugstore or designer makeup. This is one of my favorite foundations - PERIOD. Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse is one of the only foundations that I have bought multiple time – about three times already, consecutively. I have oily skin, but this cream-based foundation leaves my skin matte with a flattering, velvety texture. If you're wondering, I am in the color 2.5 Medium Natural Beige.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mouse Natural Beige Medium 2.5
The Maybelline Dream Mousse line consists of the Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse and the Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse. The Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse caters to drier skin types, with only 6 available shades.The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse comes in 16 shades and is catered to
skin like mine – oily and just plain dysfunctional. The Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse and the Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse are both fragrance-free, allergy tested, and Non-comedogenic. This makes the foundation ideal for the most sensitive of skin types.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse: Quick Facts
Price: $8 – $10
Coverage: Light but Buildable
Finish: Matte
Number of shades: 16