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    Let’s Talk Growth AND Retention: The Benefits of Rice Water and How to Use it Properly
    The overall goal for most is to have healthy, shiny, long hair, but it can be a little tough to get there. Rice water is the newest remedy to help you achieve all of your hair goal dreams. Let’s discuss. 
    The use of rice water originated in China, Japan, and other Southeastern Asian countries. It has been used for centuries and has a very in-depth history of causing intense hair growth. It has been reported and cited in history that Japan would have women with hair so long that it touched the floor. These claims are not unfounded either. According to Medical News Today, the rice water has centuries of repertoire with hair growth. Likewise, in modern-day China, there’s a village called Huangluo where the Yao women are flourishing with their 6-foot long hair...Their secret? Also, rice water. So how does it work? 
    Rice water is just that, water that was once soaking in rice. The water grabs the antioxidants and minerals within the rice to add shine and strength back into the hair. You simply put the rice in water and strain it after 30 minutes of soaking. For better results, allow the rice to ferment by steeping for up to 2 days, which adds a little oomph of extra antioxidants and minerals. You can boil the water with the rice as you would with cooking; just double the amount of water to prepare for boiling and strain your rice from the rice water once the rice is cooked, and the water is cloudy. Use the rice water like a conditioning treatment, after you shampoo and condition your hair like normal, pour the rice water over your hair and massage into the scalp, allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing with warm water.
    The history behind this hair trend has made it prevalent around the world. With literal centuries to back up the results, why not give it a try?
    If creating your rice water seems a little daunting to you, do not fret. Curly Chic has a rice water line that might be right up your alley. The set has 4 products
    total in the collection: a hair rinse, hair milk, shampoo, and conditioner. These products will work to give your hair shine while strengthening it the same way natural rice water would. All of their products are free of parabens, phthalates, and mineral oil.  
    In comparison to other growth oils, these products deal with moisturizing your hair strands to prevent breakage and promote hair strength. Hair oils, like the Hollywood Hair Bar Oil or the Design Essentials Vitamin E oil deals more with replenishing your scalp and the root of your hair, which is also essential to lasting hair growth and length retention.  Here are a few other hair oils that are available at the Beauty Depot for your scalp nourishing needs: Kaleidoscope, Hollywood Hair Bar, Design Essentials Vitamin E, Mielle Organics: Rosemary Mint Oil, Wild Growth, Virgin Hair Fertilizer. 
    This is not a drill, Ms.Rona is snatching laces! Guess it’s back to the basics… before the lace was melted, the quick weave was queen. A quick weave is super easy and doable for almost anybody.  All you need is to have a vision of your new do and a few necessary tools. The first tool is a cap to
    protect your hair from the adhesive and the hair you are using for your quick weave. A u-part is excellent for crafting a half up and half down look, like the one shown above.  There’s also a dome and mesh weaving cap to provide you with overall protection of your hair without it looking bulky and clunky.  The possibilities here are endless, and it also depends on the style you are trying to achieve. The second and third tool that is essential to your look is the adhesive and an adhesive remover. A nicely executed quick weave can last you up to 4 weeks, making it an awesome hairstyle for when your hair needs a break, and you just want a simple, cute hairstyle to last for about a month.
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            Sourced from: Pinterest
      Keep your Summer glow well into Fall. Clean, hydrated skin is the key to a healthy glow. 
      The benefits of coconut and hibiscus do not stop at hair. Bring on the glow with these firming and brightening products from Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibiscus body and skincare collection. Take your skin’s glow into the fall season with these rejuvenating products. You may have heard of the Coconut and Hibiscus hair care line, well it has extended to skincare also. They have got you covered from head to toe with their hand cream, invigorating body scrub, soap bar, massage oil, body butter, etc. 

      Who doesn’t love a man with a good, clean beard? Just like the hair on your head, it is imperative to take care of those beard hairs. Uncle Jimmy carries a line of beard essentials to help keep your bear  and body nice and moisturized. The collection includes a molding putty, conditioning balm, hair/beard wash, and a curling cream. 
      To complete the glow, fellas, add some Uncle Jimmy’s beard oil and ladies the shine mist by Ebin New York is perfect for a sun-kissed glow.
       The Ebin Hair and Body Glitter Mist is an excellent way to keep the shine going into the fall season. The glow never stops. These sprays come in platinum, gold, and rose gold to give your hair and skin a sun-soaked shimmer. Prepare to be the center of attention by applying the spray to your legs and decollete for a rich and seductive glow; this technique, with a light or heavy touch (whatever makes you happy) stops traffic, but not like the chunky roll-on body glitters of our youth.

      As 2020 proves to be the year that “Can’t stop, won’t stop!”, 90s babies are clinging to the nostalgia of yesteryear. 
      The fashion and beauty trends of the 1990s made a grand reappearance about 2 or 3 years ago, and the tides have yet to turn on grunge flannel and door knocker earrings. It seems as if the flair of the 90s is latching on for a long ride with crimped hair, swoops, and flips taking center stage, and Cardi B’s WAP video giving us all the courage we need to try out the long admired up-dos of Freakniks past.  
      The first thing that you need to achieve this look is the right
      hair ; the Virgin Brazilian Remi by Onyx is ideal for this style. If you desire those perfect curls, like the ones Megan and Cardi rocked in the WAP music video, then a curling iron is in order. Hot Tools is a great brand that always delivers. To keep your hair in place and tackle flyways when crafting your do, gone is the sticky spritz of the past, instead opt for wax sticks; a lifesaver that holds the hair without the crunch. Wax sticks offer a subtle, pliable hold for a softer look, but for a more sturdy hold, utilize hair spray or spritz to keep your curls intact. And, of course you’ll need pins to keep your hair in place. Scalp Protector is an awesome new tool for those of us with sensitive skin and swooped bangs. 


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    • Fall into Freshness 🍂

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      Something Old, but Make it New; Ponytails, Sleek and Curly Too
      Protective styling can be hard, especially if you are not too good at braiding. Ponytails can be a great and easy alternative. They are pretty underrated but can give you a simple and effortless look that’s so easy to put together, which is perfect for on-the-go students and parents getting back into the swing of things. There are tons of different variations and styles that you can create with the use of a ponytail. These hairstyles below are very customizable, so feel free to experiment and make changes to make it work for you and your precious hair.  Keep reading to uncover some of our tips, tricks, and style to make the most out of this hairstyle.
      Image: sourced from Pinterest
      Image: Sekora and Sefari sourced from Pinterest
      • Bubble Ponytail: If you have not quite mastered the art of braids, no worries. Here is a cute hairstyle that is suitable for all ages. This hairstyle is perfect for your little one to wear for back to school season. All you need is a few hair ties, either bright colors for a fun, kid-friendly look or  ones that are similar to the color of the hair for a more seamless look. By adding hair extensions, braiding hair or weaving hair, a bubble ponytail can look as casual or as sophisticated as you want. You can accessorize it with hair jewelry to give it a more refined appearance or you can keep it simple and effortless for every day look as well. 
      Image: Toddy and Aggie Hair; sourced from  Pinterest
       Braided Ponytail: If you know how to braid, this is a very straightforward look to create. Whether you are going out, going to dinner, or just going to school or work, this hairstyle is perfect and easy to maintain.
      Image: Telesa Lewis; sourced from Pinterest
      • Ponytail adornments: To add more pizazz to your ponytail, you can always add hair accessories to make your look stand out more. Beads, jewels, pins, and pieces of fabric wrapped around the base or braided in; get creative and draw some inspiration from the pictures above and below!
      Image: Jasmine Daniels; sourced from Pinterest
      Image: Cardi B
      Image: Sourced from Pinterest 
      Fresh and Clean
      If you are looking for hair products that promote healthy hair growth and strengthen your hair strands, then the products in the Mielle Rosemary Mint Collection would be a great addition to add to your hair care arsenal. Mielle Organics has provided high-quality hair care products for naturalistas across the world since 2014. The collection carries a shampoo, styling crème, edge gel, hair masque, and hair oil. 
      The products are infused with rosemary and mint, which both have been shown to be very beneficial to the health of your scalp and hair. Rosemary and mint can support blood circulation in your scalp which activates your hair follicles and causes your hair to grow thicker, stronger, and faster. 
      Image: Sourced from Pinterest 
      Fall… The Season of Change
      Cleansing vs. Hydrating Facial Oils
      With Fall comes cooler weather and less humidity, which means dry air and dry skin. To avoid the “Fall Flaking” try switching up your skincare routine by adding oils, both cleansing and hydrating. 
      The Difference: Cleansing Facial Oils are nourishing, and emollient oils used to remove debris that would be left on your skin and loosens the dirt clogged into your pores. Oil cleansing is a great and gentle way to remove your makeup, rid your pores of dirt and bacteria as well as removing blockages. After you massage the oil on your face for about a minute, you can go and cleanse with your favorite traditional cleanser afterward. 
      Which oils work the best? According to The GoldenRx on YouTube, it’s best to use oils high in Linoleic acid if you have oily skin. If you have drier skin, it’s great to use oils that are high in oleic acid. With the help of News Medical.net and This is Feel blog, here is a list of all the oils you can use, so you can select the best for you and your skin. . (https://www.news-medical.net/health/Oils-Rich-in-Linoleic-Acid.aspx/): https://thisisfeel.com/blogs/blog/non-comedogenic-oils
      Oils High in Linoleic Acid- 
      • Safflower 
      • Grapeseed 
      • Poppyseed 
      • Hemp 
      • Sunflower 
      • Sesame
      • Evening Primrose
      • Argan 
      Oils High in Oleic Acid: 
      • Shea Butter
      • Jojoba 
      • Moringa 
      • Neem
      • Tamanu 
      • Avocado 

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    • Fall Back and Give Summer her Moment! 🌞

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      How do you say it? Is it foe or fox?

      Whatever you call it, we love’em! Faux Locs are a perfect protective style to transition from summer to fall. The Janet Collection Nala Tress Maverick Locs are handmade and stunning!  They come in two lengths, 18 and 24 inches, and  are easy and quick to install, which means they’re guaranteed to look amazing on you with little to no effort. Whether it’s the traditional crochet method or individuals, the hair is light and flexible, so no more stiff neck from sleeping cute. Easy maintenance and styling, just lay your edges (or not), and slay!

      Protective hair styling is essential to length retention and keeping your natural hair nice and healthy. For the health of your hair and scalp, be sure to moisturize your hair roots and scalp before installing the hair and during the wear of the style. Which makes me think of Jamaican Black Castor oil. 

      Long Hair, Needs Care

      Don’t we all love Jamaican Black Castor Oil? I know several naturalistas talk about how their hair cannot get enough of it. Well, ShopBeautyDepot.com, as your Summer Braid Plug, has the entire collection of As I Am Jamaican Castor Oil products. The collection contains a shampoo, co-wash, hair masque, leave-in, water, hair cream, and gel.

      Black Castor Oil is known to support healthy hair growth while providing deep moisturization for kinky and coily hair strands. Jamaican Black Castor Oil contains omega fatty acids, which work to strengthen your hair as well as nourishing your scalp for healthy hair growth and length retention; the oil is ideal for thin, fragile, or damaged hair.  

      The As I Am brand is formulated by chemist Dr. Ali Syed, once associated with Johnson Products as well Soft Sheen, he is no stranger to the hair care game. 

      The As I Am brand was curated and formulated with the kinky and curly haired gal in mind.      


      Press-On Nails are so Clutch...Literally!!

      Don’t let Corona-Quarantine steal all of your summer fun; jump on the press-on nail bandwagon. Shop Beauty Depot now has Clutch Nails! These nails will make your life so much easier. Clutch Nails are not the press-on nails of our childhoods; now,  press-on nails are just as good, if not better than a fresh set of salon acrylics. All the luxe without the big bucks, at $11.99 a set, save a coin and keep it poppin’. They’re available in a variety of shapes, colors, and patterns, so do you!

      Clutch Nails are not only high-quality but also durable. Another reason why these press-on nails are exceptional is the price; they run about $10-$12 on ShopBeautyDepot.com, which you could easily spend double or triple that at a salon. Not to mention, salon nails have to be touched up in a couple of weeks causing you to spend way more money. At the most, these nails will take you 10-20 minutes to put on and will cost less than half the price of getting an acrylic or gel set. Clutch nails provide you with beautiful nails that are easy on the wallet and are little to no effort to put on yourself.

      Hot Girl Summer Extended 

      Everyone needs hair down to her butt at least once, right? Well, we think so. These super long locs and twists can bring something extra to your look in the best way. The Afri-Naptural Paradise Twist and the new 36” Bobbi Boss Nu Locs can make it happen for you. The Paradise Twists are pre-braided crochet twists that can be used for a traditional crochet style or crocheted individuals. To extend the twist, the tip of the first twist is pulled through the loop of the second twist and secured with nail glue to give you the beautiful and amazing look pictured above. This style has really been heating up the summer. 

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