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The Healthy Hair Diet

You are what you eat. “Taking vitamins is a great way to help make your hair fuller and grow faster. But while you’re patiently waiting, a change in your diet can make a huge difference and even help expedite the process,” explains Carla Rivas, hairstylist and co-founder of the all-natural hair growth vitamins Hair La Vie.

“Any foods that would make you break out, such as those filled with sugars and grease are going to cause a buildup on your scalp that’s going to affect the way your hair feels, looks, and grows. Anything that irritates your skin (think ice cream) will bother your scalp, which can damage your hair follicle. A damaged hair follicle will either grow weak hair or not grow hair at all.”

Here are the top foods to enjoy and stay away from in order to maintain a healthy hair diet.

Top Food Don’ts for Healthy Hair

Sweet Treats

Sugary foods like your favorite candies or cupcakes cause your insulin level to rise, which also causes an increase in androgen (a male hormone) in your body. This hormone is known for causing hair follicles to shrink and become irritated. This leads to hair thinning and hair loss.

Greasy Foods

The grease from fatty meats like fried chicken and french fries can cause more secretion on the scalp. Also, a lot of the time after eating greasy foods, people touch their face and hair without washing their hands. This causes both acne and damage to the hair. You need a clean, debris-free scalp or your hair will not grow healthy and your follicle could be damaged.

Salty Foods

Think chips and canned/frozen meals. Consuming a lot of salty meals and snacks will dry your hair out and leave it weak, lifeless, and breaking.

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Low Protein, Filler Foods

Starches like pasta and a lot of cereals, which can be low in protein, will leave your hair limp and unhealthy. That bounce and shine most ladies want is not possible without a healthy dose of protein.

Top Food Do’s for Healthy Hair

People should be eating nutrient and antioxidant rich foods, like fruits and vegetables, if they want to grow long, healthy hair — and a strong, healthy body. These foods help hydrate your scalp and strengthen your hair.

Eggs

Eggs contain the healthy doses of protein, zinc, and iron that your hair and body need. Zinc benefits for hair include promotion of cell reproduction, tissue growth, and repair of broken tissues. It also maintains the oil-secreting glands that are attached to your hair follicles, thus decreasing their chances of falling out.

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Tomatoes

Tomatoes have antioxidants that aid in scalp circulation. A healthy scalp leads to happy hair. Add them to a salad or mix them into your favorite dish for a pop of color and tons of fresh flavor.

Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt is an amazing source of protein, vitamin B5, and vitamin D. Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) is great for keeping the scalp clean and free from film and debris. This keeps the follicles from becoming irritated and promotes healthy, strong hair growth. Add fruit, nuts, and granola for an energizing midday snack.

Lean Protein

Your hair is made of protein, so it only makes sense that your hair will benefit from opting for healthy lean protein sources like grilled chicken or baked salmon. If your diet lacks protein, your body will begin rationing the protein left, which will lead to hair loss. Protein also has the iron you need for healthier, beautiful hair.

Style Guide: When and How to Wear Pearls

As long as it might take some women to choose the perfect outfit for the day, it can sometimes take even longer to choose the right jewelry to accompany that perfect outfit. After all, how you pair your clothes and jewelry can say a lot about your sense of style and personal taste.

If you’re a woman who frequently fusses over her accessories, it would be well worth it to your future fashion goals to pick up a string (or two, or three) of classic pearls. Pearls are a classic and widely adored jewelry choice because they go with just about everything. When deciding whether or not pearls should be your jewelry choice of the day, here are three considerations to keep in mind.

  • Consider Your Clothing: Will you be wearing slacks, a dress, or throwing on a pair of your favorite sweats for the day? Pearls might not be the right choice for rocking your pajamas, but they are fine for everything else, from your little black dress to a pair of jeans and a nice t-shirt.
  • Consider the Event: Are you headed into work, going out on a date, or just meeting up with some of your girlfriends? Pearls are perfect for these occasions and more, though how you wear your pearls could be updated depending on where you’re going.
  • Consider Your Taste: Are you a pearl girl? No one says you have to wear pearls just one way or in a style that you don’t think compliments you. If white isn’t your thing, you might be able to find some other options, perhaps in different colors or a piece that mixes different types of metals (this one by Bauble Bar is gorgeous!) Rest assured, pearls do look great on just about anyone. They have been able to withstand the test of time for a reason.

Once you’ve decided that pearls are your jewelry for the day, it’s time to choose the length of your necklace and whether to wear it solo or layered.

Check out Charming Charlie’s guide below to learn more about the wide variety of ways that you can wear pearl necklaces.

How to Wear Pearls - One Piece 3 Looks

DIY Beauty Recipe: Shea Butter Flower Bath Bombs

Sometimes all you need after a long day is some time to yourself so that you may gather your thoughts and prepare to seize another day, and there’s pretty much no better place to do that than in a relaxing bath. The bathtub is almost a universal symbol of sweet relief for women — the place where we can hope to catch a few moments of peace and quiet and just be, at least for a little while.

Not only can a hot bath rejuvenate your mental well-being, it can also work some serious magic on your skin. Lifestyle expert Jasmine Stringer of carpediemwithjasmine.com has created an awesome Shea butter bath bombs recipe we’re thrilled to be able to share with you. If winter dried out your skin, you’re going to want to take the afternoon to whip up these ultra-moisturizing little beauties!

Shea Butter Flower Bath Bombs Recipe

What You’ll Need:

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  1. To make these bath bombs successfully, it is important to have your ingredients measured out and ready to mix, so do that first.
  2. Combine and stir the baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and powdered milk in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. Melt the Shea butter along with the oil and honey in a small pot over low heat.
  4. Add the melted ingredients to the dry mixture and whisk until thoroughly combined. For an enhanced spa feel and fragrance, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix well.
  5. The ingredients should begin to hold together. Working quickly, use your hands to press the mix firmly into the plastic sheet mold. Leave the mixture in the mold for a couple of minutes and then pop out. The easiest way to work with plastic candy sheet molds for this recipe is to put a cookie sheet over the tray, flip the tray over, and then lift the mold off. While one tray is drying, work on the next.
  6. Let the bath bombs dry overnight. The next day, place them in a decorative bag or basket and place them in your bathroom. To use, drop 1 or 2 bombs into your tub and let the tranquility wash over you — and moisturize you in the process!

You can also turn this mixture into a loose bath powder. Simply leave the mixture in your mixing bowl for 24 hours and periodically mix the ingredients to break up the clumps. Once all of the moisture is gone, place the powder into a mason jar. For a decorative touch, tie a colorful ribbon that matches your bathroom theme or colors around the jar.

TUTORIAL: The Rosette Embellished Ponytail

Who doesn’t love a good ‘ol ponytail? It’s quick, easy, and just might be the most popular go-to hairstyle for busy women everywhere. But if you rely on it too often, it can definitely begin to feel drab and uninspired. Instead of feeling like you’re headed out to the gym rather than ready to take on your day, Melissa Cook of Latest-Hairstyles.com has elevated the average pony look into a chic ‘do that will have your friends oohing and ahhing at your amazing styling skills.

The rosette embellished ponytail is pretty, feminine, and will complete any daytime look so that you can conquer your workload, grab lunch with the girls, or even head out on an early evening date. Plus, it takes just a little longer than messily gathering your hair and fastening it with a hair tie, but is ten times cuter. It’s a win/win, and what every woman needs in her beauty rotation.

Ready to get the look? Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brush
  • Two clear elastic bands
  • Four to five bobby pins
  • Medium hold hairspray

Rosette Embellished Ponytail Tutorial

Step 1

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Begin by brushing through the hair to remove any tangles and part the hair in the preferred spot. Separate off small sections of hair on each side of the head.

Step 2

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Bring the two sections to the back of the head and over the rest of the hair, then tie it together with an elastic band.

Step 3

rosette embellished ponytail step 3

Now braid this small ponytail section into a basic three-strand braid and tie off the end with the second elastic band.

Step 4

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Roll the braid up and towards the elastic band at the top, creating a rosette shape.

Step 5

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Pin down the edges of the rosette with four to five bobby pins, making sure they stay hidden underneath.

Step 6

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Spray with a medium hold hairspray and you are ready to go!

Dressing Baby in Style

The majority of baby clothes you see hanging from miniaturized racks are overwhelmingly pastel and oh so cutesy; they probably have animals printed on them or animated characters you’re already sick of seeing. But believe it or not, there are other options out there and luckily they’re becoming a little more popular. If you want your little darling to look adorable without resorting to designs that make you cringe, try dressing baby in any of these smart styles.

Deep Colors

It’s easy to find baby clothes in pastel color palettes, but deep, vibrant colors are starting to catch on. More department stores are offering clothes in shades of black, navy blue, and jewel tones, making it easy for you to dress your little one in hues you’re going to love.

A Sense of Humor

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Tee shirts emblazoned with clever sayings have always been on trend, so why not get your little bundle of joy in on the act? You’ll appreciate the humorous quips, and they are guaranteed conversation starters. Honor your favorite movie, super hero, or their general lack of hair. These are the best form of casual wear and they’re perfect for a day out at the park or just relaxing at home.

Early Sports Lover

Sports aren’t just for the boys! Now, say it three times and get your child in on the fun of rooting for the home team. You can find your favorite sports team in outfits for infants, like Yankees baby clothes. Whether you’re dressing baby in an adorable sleeper for grandma’s house or a matching set that’s perfect for the big game, you can find the perfect outfit for your little sports fan.

Ready for Nice Occasions

You never know when you might need a nice outfit. While you don’t need to have a tuxedo in the closet for your three-month old, you can still pick up a little outfit with cute collar and cuffs that will dress them up a bit for a special occasion. For the girls, there are literally countless prints and styles of beautiful dresses for church, a celebration for an older sibling, or their first trip to a nice restaurant.

It is possible for your child to look sharp in their clothes, and you can be proud to show off the great gear you’ve found thanks to some impeccable fashion sense. Have fun with your child’s wardrobe and be sure to take plenty of pictures. While some clothing designs may still make you cringe, it’s easier than ever before to find colors and designs that you’ll love.

Spread Holiday Joy with Custom Photo Gifts from Mixbook + Black Friday Promotion

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and whether you’re sending warm holiday wishes to extended family or a yuletide greeting to your closest colleagues, a festive custom photo card or gift adds a special, personalized touch to all of your holiday gift-giving.

To create truly one-of-a-kind holiday cards and gifts, look no further than Mixbook. If you’ve ever created a holiday card featuring your favorite family photo only to have the finished product not match the look or quality of what you had in mind, this is the solution you’re looking for.

Mixbook holiday card

So much more than your average photo gift creating website, Mixbook allows you to create fully customizable photo cards, books, and even prints and calendars featuring your own photographs and artistic vision. Abandoning the concept that you must lock customers into static pre-designed templates, their powerful design software lets you be the artist while maintaining user-friendliness so that anyone can create a beautiful gift that matches their vision.

Mixbook Black Friday Promotion

Don’t wait until the December rush to create and order your holiday cards and photo gifts. Mixbook has an awesome Black Friday promotion going on now that you don’t want to miss out on!

From now until November 30, Mixbook is taking 50% off all cards and 10×10 photo books. As if that weren’t exciting enough, you can also score 40% off site-wide. That’s right, everything else on their website — photo and canvas prints, calendars, everything!

Mixbook love and joy card

Click here to shop the Mixbook Black Friday sale now! Your discount should be applied automatically at checkout, but just in case, use promo code MIXDEALS15. Sale ends November 30.

5 Reasons to Consider Custom Gifts this Holiday Season

Exchanging gifts is a magical part of the holiday season, especially when you reach the level of maturity when you realize that giving can be better than receiving. Watching your loved ones unwrap the paper with eager anticipation is such a joy, and although handing someone an item they asked for can be rewarding, a unique gift can add something truly special to the occasion. This year, consider what a custom gift could bring to the holidays.

1. They Can Be Personalized

Unlike other gifts, custom designed presents can be personalized to the person and occasion, along with many other attributes. Whether you want to include a specific message or display the name or family name of the recipient, a customized gift can help create a stronger connection to the gift and the person giving it. These items are more likely to be cherished simply because of the personalization itself.

2. They are Unique

Customized gifts are unlike any other in the world. While commercial items may be fun and highly regarded, they don’t offer the same sense of individuality. Many people are often drawn to owning something that no one else has. A custom gift provides that aspect.

3. A Simple Solution for a Difficult Recipient

Some people can be incredibly difficult to shop for. However, customized gifts can help solve that dilemma. From personalized shirts to coffee mugs, you don’t have to settle for what the retail stores have available. For example, perhaps you could have the person’s favorite saying printed onto a coffee mug they will start their mornings with.

4. Good for Your Budget

Custom gifts don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. In fact, many ideas don’t cost much at all when considering the customization involved. A lot of products can cost about the same as some commercial gifts, and some may even cost less.

5. Can Fit Any Holiday or Occasion

A custom present can be created to fit virtually any holiday or occasion. From themes to printed text, these kinds of gifts can be fine-tuned to create just the tone you are looking for. Since you can use your own imagery in most cases, you can lend your own artistic ability to further improve the gift. This is something that commercial presents simply cannot offer.

There are many ways in which you can incorporate custom gifts into this season’s purchases. Many personalized gift sites, like Gifts For You Now.com, can help you design the perfect gift for virtually anyone on your holiday shopping list. Before getting drawn into the commercialized aspect of the holidays, consider what a unique and customized present can offer your friends and family.

Save 25% on All Christmas Cards at MagnetStreet

This is a sponsored post created in partnership with eAccountable. Incentive was provided and opinions are my own.

Christmas card season is nearly upon us, and if you’ve been on the hunt for a sale on the perfect holiday card to send out to your loved ones, then you’re in luck with the MagnetStreet Christmas Card Sale.

Connect with family and friends (colleagues, too) with a card that speaks to the season and is easy to personalize from MagnetStreet. The full-service online stationary store is offering 25% off on all Christmas card orders placed from now until November 20 (use promo code LHOLIDAY25.)

Christmas card

MagnetStreet is an industry leader in design and print capabilities. Browse beautifully designed layouts and then change the colors to fit your style or theme. There’s even the option to create custom colors! Your photos will print with crystal clarity, and you can word your card just the way you want.

Choose from one of these types of Christmas cards at MagnetStreet:

Magnetic Cards

Unique Keepsake. Family and friends love this distinctive and long-lasting keepsake magnet. Your greetings stick on the fridge while your photo and sentiments remain in their hearts.

Folded Cards

Classic Greetings. An enduring look with many templates to choose from. Custom design from front-to-back, your photos will look amazing printed on any one of the three premium papers.

Photocards

Contemporary Cheer. These classy cards are a terrific option for sharing a few of your favorite photo highlights from the year. Match the paper style to your festive design.

The perfect holiday greeting: a unique photo and message keepsake, plus a blessing for the season.

Christmas card

Shop the MagnetStreet Christmas Card Sale to save 25% on the perfect card to send your loved ones this holiday season. Don’t forget to use promo code LHOLIDAY25 at checkout. Sale ends November 20.

3 Things to Consider Before Selling Diamond Jewelry

There are plenty of solid reasons why someone would want to sell their jewelry. Since diamonds, gold, and other precious metals are involved in the transaction, sellers need to proceed with caution. After all, getting the most money for your rare asset is the whole point of selling. Before choosing an outlet, sellers looking to sell diamond rings or assorted diamond sets must do some research. The page https://www.diamondlighthouse.com/sell-my-diamond-ring is full of useful information about selling diamond jewelry that every seller should check out. Shipping costs, the ability to select the best offer, and a great reputation are all ingredients that produce a positive selling experience.

Shipping Costs

In order to get the best price for diamond jewelry, it is likely that the buyer and seller will not be located across the street from each other. For this reason, sellers should take a look at insured shipping options. Better yet, using professional and experienced resellers, like Diamond Lighthouse, is a great way to make sure that your high value assets are properly cared for during the shipping process. Diamond Lighthouse offers free 100% insured shipping, ensuring that customers will get the most for their jewelry.

Selecting the Best Offer

All too often, sellers take the first offer that comes through the door. However, using a selling service that gives sellers the option of accepting or rejecting offers is a surefire way to get the most money for the commodity. Since the cost of diamonds and gold fluctuate along with market conditions, sellers could attain a substantially higher profit than they originally had in mind. The key to a better price is not being tied down by a single offer.

Reputation

When selecting a jewelry selling service, owners need to consider the reputation of the organization. Jewelry sellers who have been around for a while and have a high number of positive reviews are generally the best option. This is not the time to take a chance on a business you can’t do any research on. Owners must also be aware of any additional associated costs — what good is getting a great price for your jewelry if the service charges a high fee for selling with them? Choosing a reputable service is a great way to avoid any hidden fees and get your diamond jewelry sold for the best price.

In the end, the decision behind selling diamond jewelry can be a difficult one, but as long as sellers understand shipping costs, can ensure that they have the power to accept the best offer, and know how to choose a service with a great reputation, the experience can be a pleasant one.

Top photo: alstonfamily/Flickr

Tips to Save Money When Shopping Online for the Holidays

In today’s busy world, shopping online just makes sense. You can shop at times that are convenient for you without leaving home; there’s no need to fight the after work rush at the store or waste your precious weekends at the mall when you could be spending time with family and loved ones. Online shopping is even more advantageous during the holidays, as practically no one wants to deal with holiday crowds. Online shopping also allows you more selection than you may have in your local store. Plus, there are tons of bargains to be found online and you can likely find deals that are just as good as what you would buy in brick and mortar stores.

Follow these tips to save money when shopping online for the holidays:

Buy at the Right Time

Many popular stores hold sales as the holiday season approaches. You can look for regular store sales advertised in the paper, on television, and on websites and social media, as in-store sale items will often be available to online shoppers as well. You may also decide to wait for a big sales event like Cyber Monday, the biggest shopping day of the year specifically for online shoppers. Meant to rival Black Friday, Cyber Monday takes place usually all day on the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Search a Coupon Database

Coupon or promo codes are available for thousands of stores by visiting an online database like www.DontPayFull.com. With sites like these, it’s easy to type in he name of your favorite store and get a list of available codes for various deals. You can almost always find some kind of deal and save money at checkout by entering a simple code.

Sometimes More is Better

Frequently, there are coupon codes available that provide a higher percentage discount with increased spending. It can really be worth it to spend the extra money if you find an additional item you can use. When holiday shopping, there’s usually something extra that you might need or want to pick up, like a small teacher or hostess gift. It may even be a good idea to shop with a friend in order to pick up the biggest savings.

These are only a few of the ways you can save money when shopping online for the holidays. So grab a cup of hot cocoa and your favorite pair of slippers and get shopping!

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