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African-American Hair Care for Different Styles and SeasonsAfrican-American Hair Care for Different Styles and Seasons

Every season is jam-packed with activities, and sometimes it’s hard to decide which type of hairstyle is best if you have African American hair. With so many options to choose from, this article focuses on two varieties to help narrow the search: braids vs. afros.

Home Skincare Remedies for WartsHome Skincare Remedies for Warts

Want to rid your skin of pesky warts? Whether it's your first breakout or a recurring problem, warts can be unattractive and tough to get rid of. Find out how to treat this common skincare condition in the comfort of home with easy, do-it-yourself and over-the-counter remedies. Plus, get tips for preventing warts from spreading and coming back.

Essential Products & Tools to Create a Personal Makeup ArsenalEssential Products & Tools to Create a Personal Makeup Arsenal

It’s easy to get caught up in pursuit of the perfect product with new trends constantly emerging and an overwhelming number of makeup lines released every season. But instead of chasing every trend that catches your eye, it’s important to first develop a core arsenal of products and tools to build upon. Read on for 16 essential products, tools and tips to kick start your makeup collection.

Papain for Exfoliation: How to Ensure the Risks Don’t Outweigh the RewardsPapain for Exfoliation: How to Ensure the Risks Don’t Outweigh the Rewards

Papain is commonly used as a natural exfoliator in cosmetics and skincare products to help remove dead skin cells. Despite the benefits that papain offers, for some people, the risks may outweigh the rewards. Read on to find out more about how papain can improve your skin and whether you should avoid this enzyme.

Complexion Soothing Ingredients: The Do's and Don'ts for Your Skin Type 	Complexion Soothing Ingredients: The Do's and Don'ts for Your Skin Type

Though most women crave a clear and youthful complexion, there's no one size fits all formula for achieving it. But whether your skin is dry, oily, sensitive or mature, there's a set of skin-soothing ingredients that are perfectly suited to your complexion's unique set of needs. Read on to get a no-fuss guide to cracking the code on skincare labels, so you can avoid beauty aisle blunders - and pick the perfect complexion smoothing ingredients to suit your skin's type.

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Q: I’m thinking of getting synthetic braids, but there are so many different types of synthetic hair extensions. Where should I start?

A: Read up on all the different kinds of synthetic braids, textures and brands. Talk to your hair stylist about what option is for you. A great website to check out is Check out their guide to hair extensions for some good information. Happy hair hunting!

Q: I want to choose a new hairstyle that will be less maintenance than leaving my hair out in a ‘fro. What’s the best route for me to take?

A: That depends on what level of maintenance you’re looking for and how much money you’re willing to spend. Individual synthetic hair braids are a good way to go because they are low-maintenance, look great and last for the better part of a year.

Q: My daughter is half African American and has hair that is different from mine. I’m thinking of bringing her to my hairdresser for the first time. Is that a good idea?

A: She definitely needs a different hairdresser than you if you don’t have the same type of hair that she does. There are some hairdressers that know how to work with both Caucasian and African American hair types, but finding a hairdresser who specializes in ethnic hair and actually has ethnic hair is probably the best route to take.

Q. Though I have oily skin, it's maturing. Can you recommend an ingredient that can help to balance my complexion - plus smooth out fine lines and wrinkles?

A. If you're aiming to combat the signs of aging - while simultaneously staving off trouble spots brought on by excess oil production - reach for products containing scientifically proven retinoids. "Retinoids have been extensively studied for more than 30 years, and their collagen-building and acne-fighting properties are well documented," Carolyn Jacob, M.D., director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology, tells Women's Health. Ideal for use on problematic and photo-damaged skin, SkinCeuticals Retinol 1.0 contains highly potent levels of shelf-stable retinol. Formulated to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots, plus correct blemishes and reduce redness and pore size, this multi-tasking serum can help to resurface problematic skin, while increasing youthfulness and vitality.

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