On Not Accommodating Other People’s Insecurities And Being The ‘Awkward Black Girl’.
An Easy Oatmeal, Rosewater And Aloe Eczema Calming Mask For Dry, Itchy Skin
Treating Eczema And Psoriasis With Colloidal Oatmeal And Bentonite
How To Fix Brittle Nails And Invoke A Little Nail Envy While You’re At It

“I’m a Texas girl, from Dallas, more specifically. I grew up in a very accepting environment; outside of my home and inside my home my parents and sister always let me know that I was loved no matter how oddball-ish people thought I was. But you know how it gets once you get to junior high, and you start noticing who’s popular, who’s cool, and how others perceive you. You know how it is. I always had great friends who, along with me, weren’t cool and popular and we loved each other for who we were. Still do! But as someone who was often the only black person in her class, who’s parents never (ever!) bought me the clothes that everyone else was wearing, who was accused by peers of “trying to be white”, I wanted to fit in so frickin’ hard. And no matter how much I tried, it never worked. It just made me stick out more, and not in a good way. So I gave up. And it was the best decision I ever made. READ MORE

Brushing your natural hair may seem like something you can do in your sleep, but it can become problematic even for the best of us. Anyone who brushes their hair should always follow these two basic rules: start at your ends and never ever rip out knots or tangles. However, when you have naturally curly or kinky hair, the rules of engagement change a bit more and if you don’t follow them, then you are bound to pay a hefty price. We’ve seen women undo years of hard work growing and caring for their hair in a few months all from deciding to start brushing their hair. Though it seems drastic, it can happen, so here are a few notes (or refreshers) on how to brush wet curly hair the right way. READ MORE

You can use double or triple methods to extend the life of your blow out or flat ironed hair and smell like a herbal dream while doing it.

Ash·y (pronounced ˈaSHē/) is an adjective and is defined as “of or relating to ashes” by Merriam-Webster online. Ashy is more commonly known among black people and those with darker skin tones like Indians and Hispanics, for instance, as chalky-colored, dry, flaky skin. Ashiness is not cute. Avoiding ash at all costs is important because once it shows up, you’re already too late to the fight and getting rid of ash now becomes a covert mission (if you’re in public) that can include saliva, asking begging other people for lotion or using chap stick on your knuckles, knees, ankles and heels. This is not at all the business. Add to that skin conditions like sensitivity, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, irritant eczema, allergic eczema, and keratosis pilaris and you’ve really got a battle on your hands. Luckily, we are ash and itchy skin masters and know just what to do to deal with dry, flaky, “I’m a coal miner on the side” skin from your head to your toes. Here is our guide to the best the best lotions for dry skin during the winter or year round. READ MORE

Fall and winter are perfect times of the year to have glowing skin. The problem most of us are faced with however is that the brutally cold weather and the beating our faces take from it normally lends to anything but glowing visages. But, the beauty of makeup is that we can glow even when it’s blistering outside. When done right, and with the right products, you too can pull off having a glowing face year round, even when there is a rainbow of fallen leaves or a blanket of snow on the ground. READ MORE

We love getting our makeup done. Though most of the time you’ll catch us bare faced most days of the week, all of us here like wearing makeup. Lately though, it seems that we’ve been noticing a trend in makeup tutorials. Nose contouring. If we had five dollars for every time we’ve run across an in-depth tutorial on YouTube we’d be rich. A little highlight and contouring here and there never hurt anyone, but when the conversation turns to “black nose jobs” or “fixing bridges” we couldn’t help but wonder if nose contouring is becoming the new gateway drug into something else that ran deeper than just wearing make up for fun. Nikia and Angel recently sat down to chat about it and here are their thoughts. READ MORE

We’ve touched on a lot of things itchy, dry skin and eczema related. Between lotions and bath soaks and body washes, there are a few things at your disposal that can help to calm your skin including easy home remedies. If you are a lover of all things do it yourself, you may want to try making this oatmeal, rosewater and aloe eczema mask. It sounds so complicated but it’s so easy you could do it in your sleep. READ MORE

We have not had new music from TLC since the early 2000s so we're ready for this new album. Now, let us compose ourselves and get our credit cards ready while we blast some "Baby Baby Baby" and try to float down the hallway.

Fountain ‘The Hair Molecule’ Drinkable Beauty Supplement

January 15, 2015 Hair Products
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There are some people who live and die by vitamins. Taking them makes them feel better and gives them bright neon yellow pee. We’re not big fans of supplements and instead opt for a more whole foods approach but we realize that many of you are, and that some of us can benefit from supplementing […]

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Treating Eczema And Psoriasis With Colloidal Oatmeal And Bentonite

January 12, 2015 Skin Care
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Eczema and psoriasis often flare up in the winter due to the dry air. Less humidity in the hair means less moisture getting to your skin throughout the day which can cause your skin to flare. You can also develop eczema as an adult and the onset is often usually during a season when the […]

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Veronika Bozeman Will Make You Think Hard About Your Life (And That’s A Good Thing)

January 12, 2015 MUSIC IN YOUR EAR
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If you’ve been tuning in to FOX for any of their new late night shows then you’ve probably stumbled upon ‘Empire.’ The show is about the music business and the drama behind it but what’s so great about this show far is the crazy good musical talent it showcases. Take V Bozeman. The first episode […]

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How To Fix Brittle Nails And Invoke A Little Nail Envy While You’re At It

January 9, 2015 Beauty
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A broken nail is not the end all be all but at the moment it happens after weeks of meticulously growing out your nails, the rage of “Death Becomes Her” can quickly consume your being and you find yourself going all “Witches Of Eastwick” on folks. Some people can grow their nails with ease and […]

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Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Is Your New Favorite, Affordable Rosewater Toner

January 7, 2015 Skin Care
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There is a lot of talk going around about the beauty benefits of rose water and rose toners and rose face mists and rose oil. Rose was definitely our thing a few years ago, and you probably remember that if you’ve been reading long enough. Actually, it still is our thing, and all this “new” […]

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