About Brazilian Waxing

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Brazilian Waxing – What to Expect 

Does it hurt?

This hair removal type is A little painful, but the results are well worth it. You’ll eventually get used to the discomfort. Routine waxing helps to reduce the pain, and will minimize irritation. We recommend taking 2 ibuprofen an hour before your appointment. Better safe than sorry.

Do consult Mother Nature before booking your waxing appointment. Don’t attempt waxing the three days prior to, and the first three days of your menstrual cycle. Your skin is much more sensitive at that time and waxing will be much more painful.

How long should my hair be before I remove it with wax?

Hair growth should be at least 1/4″ but not longer than 1/2″ (about 2 week’s growth) for the most effective waxing.

How long should I wait to get waxed after I’ve shaved?

You need some growth for the wax to adhere to the hair. Hair should be at least 1/4″ (about 3-4 week’s growth) for the most effective waxing. Do not shave between appointments. This makes the hair more resistant to future waxing.

How long will waxing last?

The results will last anywhere from ten days to three weeks. We recommend booking appointments every 4 to 6 weeks. The hair eventually gets softer and thinner every time it grows back.

What can I expect afterwards?

Let your skin heal. After you get your Brazilian wax, it is likely that your skin may be slightly irritated and possibly red. If this happens it will usually clear in a few days. Do not exfoliate or spray tan and avoid sun and heat for the first 24hrs, these will inflame the skin.

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The Difference Between Yellow and Ivory Shea Butter

 Shea Butter

I am often asked what is the difference between Yellow or White Shea Butter, which is better yata yata… First shea butter comes in those small nuts and the color is an off white or biegey or ivory kind of color. They parboil the shea nuts and then it goes to a milling process. You can actually search for videos of women making the shea butter in a more detailed process (google or U tube). I am not going that far into the details just briefly to explain the yellow coloring.  So the yellow and white come from the same Shea Nuts but are processed differently. For the yellow shea butter, a root from the borututu tree is added in the milling process, and gives it that tumeric yellow color.  Some think palm oil is added to give it that yellow color but no palm oil is required to make yellow shea butter, it goes through the same process as the white shea butter. Therefore they both have same qualities. FYI some african make a tea from the bark of the borututu trea that is said to help with liver functions.

So again, the yellow and white shea butter are from the same Karite Tree but are procesed differently.  The Karite tree is grown in Central and Western Africa. Some people confuse Kpangnan African Butter with Shea Butter because it is also yellow.  You will find some vendors selling this butter under the name Yellow Shea Butter, most don’t know the difference but some do, but will tell you it is the same because of the popularity of Shea Butter.  Kpangyan Butter is grown in Central Togo and is used for skin care.

Now Shea Butter also has different grades, Grade A is usually reffered as the white unrefined 100% Raw Shea Butterit can be consumed and used in the comestic arena. It contains more shea nuts than grade B sheabutter. Now Grade B shea butter comes in white and yellow but has *less shea nuts ( I know kind of hard to explain), it actually seems softer than grade A. Grade B shea butter can not be used for consumption only in cosmetics. * I think the meaining of less nuts is that through the process the Shea Butter Nuts get smaller. So that is what’s meant by it has less shea butter. Remember they parboil the nuts, let them dry, sort them, mill them, boil them, cover and let them sit again, so as the process goes on the butter balls get smaller.( Sorry trying to explain as simple as possible.)

Refined Shea Butter – cleaned, bleached, and deorderized – can not be used in cold process soap but can is usually added to cosmetics such as lotions and creams.
Unrefined Shea Butter – as it is smells nutty and is off whitish, can be used in cosmetics and cold process soap.

There is even Organic Shea Butter, this where some might disagree with me which is fine, I think that’s a bunch of Hooplah. If its is 100% Raw Shea Butter then it is just the same quality as Organic, it is the same Karite tree. I feel its just another reason to charge you extra money.

Hair & Skin Tips…

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We’ve all had bad hair days, but expensive products are not the only solution to frizziness, flyaways or split ends. Vinegar can help bring dull hair back to life, said stylist expert Lashundra Easton, an Owner, Founder of Glam Doll Services who frequently offers tips for frugal beauty and style.

“Apple cider vinegar is a budget-friendly solution that adds shine to lackluster locks,” she said. After shampooing, rinse hair with a mixture of 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar. Rinse and dry. Apple cider vinegar is great for conditioning cleaning hair. It helps with itchy scalp and acts like a cream rinse when used after shampoo. And, Shun said, “The smell should fade in less than 30 minutes.”

Another tip for healthy vibrant hair: Stimulate your scalp and send nutrients to hair follicles. Brush your hair before you hop into the shower, and once you’re in, massage your scalp while washing your hair. “An extra few seconds can go a long way to improving the health of your hair,” Shun said.

Price:

Apple cider vinegar $2 to $3

When it comes to looking your best, upkeep costs like makeup, hair care, skin care and spa treatments can cost a pretty penny. American women spend an average of $7 billion a year on cosmetics and services each year, according to a 2008 study by the YWCA. Luckily, the price of beauty can be trimmed when you replace salon treatments for do-it-yourself solutions that cost less than $10.

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Household items are a great option for cost-effective skin care, said Lashundra Easton, a self-taught makeup artist and professional license cosmetologist who rose to fame with YouTube beauty tutorials.

“You can use honey with sugar and salt crystals for a great smelling home face mask. You can also make a yogurt face mask from fresh yogurt, which is great for the skin. Top it off with some cucumber sliced for each eye to soothe,” said Shun, who recently released her line of cosmetics.

Most people spend their money on anti-aging creams, but Shun said they’re not necessary. “As long as you keep up the daily moisturizing and wash make up off before bed properly, then you don’t need to splurge too much on expensive creams,” she said.

Avoid exposure to the sun to maintain healthy, young looking skin. Wear moisturizers and foundations with sun protection. They don’t have to be expensive to be good, but they do have to be safe to keep skin looking young, she said.

A final skin tip: Drink plenty of water. It keeps toxins at bay, leading to clearer looking skin, Shun said.

Price:

Honey face mask $5

Yogurt face mask and cucumber $3