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Cold Weather Prep: Treat your Tresses for Winter

ColdWeather Like it or not, it’s going to be cold soon, and your hair is going to need a bit more from you in the maintenance and styling department. We’ve put together a few tips to help you get your hair ready for colder temps and make sure you’re putting your best hair forward.

Don’t skimp on the prepoo

A lot of people sleep on the benefits of the prepoo. If you’re not normally a fan, fall/winter is the perfect time to incorporate it into your regimen. Much like the hot oil treatment we know and love, the prepoo process involves coating the hair with oil and allowing it to penetrate prior to shampooing…a pre-emptive moisture boost.

Condition, Deep Condition…and more condition

The process of shampooing alters the hair’s pH, causing the cuticles to lift so dirt and buildup can be removed. Conditioner comes in a repairs things, helping cuticles close and adds moisture. In colder and drier temps your hair needs every bit of strength and moisture to be in optimum condition (pun intended).

Get Protective

Protective styling gives your hair a break from all of the daily combing, brushing, twisting and other fiddling that can create undue stress and lead to breakage. Tucking your hair away for a while (especially the ends, the oldest part of the hair strand), allows it to flourish in peace.

 

Steam, Mist or Moisturize Regularly

Think of your hair as a plant, and when the weather is cold and dry, you have to water your plants more often to keep the leaves nice and shiny and green. Your hair is going to need more moisture in colder weather, don’t you want it to be nice and shiny and green? (or whatever color you’re rocking right now?)

Get Serious about Sealing

After you’ve invested all of that time and energy into moisturizing your hair, you have to make sure you trap as much of it for as long as possible. Sealing with oil locks moisture in, preventing your hair from become dry and breaking.

 

If you’re already practicing all or most of these processes in your hair care regimen good for you! Keep it up and you’ll be go to go for the cooler weather.

If you’re not doing any of these yet, ease one or two into your regimen at a time, you hair will thank you for the extra TLC.

 

 

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Teen Fashion Files: The “No Money” Summer-Fall Transition

Hey yall, Mo here. A few days ago I had the  opportunity to spend a few hours with a teenager! It’s not often than I have access to a teen-type person that responds with more than  one-word answers. This young lady can talk fashion for hours, so she has undoubtedly become our new BFF under 20 🙂

Nicky H. , AKA @cheshirecat_cheshiresmiles on IG, is an artist and takes the term “fashion follower” to a completely different level, as she’ll be attending the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM to those in the know…) in October!!!

Soooooo, I simply HAD to have Nicky rep her age group by creating a few looks to take any fly and fabulous young lady through these last few days of warm weather and into fall.

Check out what she put together:

 

As you can see, Nicky used a few pieces that can translate into several different looks. She also pulled items from her mother’s closet (vintage score!), so she spent a total of ZERO DOLLARS on these looks.

We’re over the moon excited to have Nicky’s perspective on teen fashion and we wish her an insane amount of success in Los Angeles, we can’t wait to see her creations!!!!!

Do you have that one fabulous summer piece that you’re planning to rock this fall? Let us know on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram!!

Remember to Be Exclusively Inclusive!!

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Style the Hair You Wear: Lace Front Edition

The second event in our FREE workshop series in partnership with Mane Beauty Boutique is near! Last month we hosted the “Style your Fro with Mo” workshop where we discussed curly wig care & maintenance and ways to customize your unit for the most natural look.

Our next topic is the highly requested lace front wig! We will go over the basics of care and maintenance, customization and Mo will have her tools on hand to help guests personalize their units for the perfect look! Light refreshments will be provided and giveaways are certain 🙂

Check out the event page on Facebook to RSVP and get your questions added to the workshop agenda!

 

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Event Planning Survey: Let Your Voice Be Heard

Here at TCC we strive to plan events that our audience wants. It is our goal to create fun, unique experiences for our guests in addition to introducing new products and services. That said, we’re currently working on events for the remainder of 2014 and into 2015, and we want to hear from YOU.

By providing your input via this short survey you will be helping us to create more impactful, adventurous, funner events for you and your BGFs (Best Good Friends).

We know you’re not shy go on and submit your responses….then we can get busy filling up your social event calendar 🙂

 

 

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Fall Looks for your Junior (Tomboy) Fashionista

As you’re preparing your closet for cooler weather, don’t forget about your stylish kids! Here at TCC we don’t believe in being “either – or”, Exclusively Inclusive is what we do. Check out these  “tomboy approved” fall looks for the junior fashionista in your life:

 

 

 

 

 

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Matcha Green Tea Latte Recipe

Like green tea??? Well, matcha green tea powder is 10X more concentrated than the green tea that you buy in bag form. The entire plant is ground into a powder and when you incorporate it into hot water you get ALL of the health benefits.

The anti-aging, cancer fighting, energy boosting, fat burning benefits…..

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Here’s how you make a latte:

Boil 1 cup of water (or milk if you so desire)

Add 1 tsp of green tea powder and stir until dissolved

Add  honey or sweetener of your choice to suit your taste

Stir in milk or cream

 

Enjoy!!

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The Beauty of Baking Soda

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Baking soda  is one heck of a multipurpose product, and it can be used to beef up your beauty regimen. Curious? Check these out:

Dry shampoo:

Lightly sprinkle onto roots and massage. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes and brush out.

Clean hair care tools:

Remove natural oil build-up and  product residue from combs and brushes by soaking in a solution of 1 tsp of baking soda in a small basin of warm water.

Clarifier:

Add 1 tbsp. of baking soda with your regular amount of shampoo. Wash as normal and rinse thoroughly. Condition.

Acne:

Mix 3 parts baking soda with one part water and apply to face. Let sit for up to 15 minutes and rinse.

Note: If you have sensitive skin do a patch test.

Toothpaste:

Mix 2 parts baking soda wit hone part water to make a paste. Dip in wet toothbrush. Brush and rinse.

Foot Soak/Exfoliant;

Dissolve 3 tbsp of  Baking Soda in a basin of warm water soak feet and relax. For a gentle exfoliating treatment, mix 3tbsp of baking soda with about 1 tsbp to make a paste. Gently scrub all over feet, using foot brush for additional exfoliation.

 

You can also add baking soda to your bath for an amped up detox session!

 

Are you planning to incorporate baking soda into your beauty care regimen? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

 

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Dandruff?? or Something Else??

We’ve all been there: a marathon styling session is almost done, you’re getting ready to step out with your significant other/girlfriends, and when you take that final look in the mirror you see it…..flakes.

WHY?????????

You’re certainly not alone. Dandruff  is caused by a yeast-like fungus called malassezia, which actually lives on the scalps of most adults. (Source) For some people the fungus irritates the scalp and promote the growth of skin cells. The dying and sloughing off of the extra skin cells is the nuisance we know as dandruff, AKA seborrheic dermatitis.

So if you don’t have dandruff, what else could be causing your scalp to misbehave?

Product buildup – if you shampoo/cowash/condition/deep condition/style your hair often you could be experiencing a buildup of products on your scalp. This buildup can lead to scalp itching and flaking that can be mistaken for dandruff. It’s a good idea to incorporate a clarifying  session every so often to make sure you’re removing product residue.

Dehydration – you know how you moisturize your skin to prevent an ashy, dry appearance? Well, your scalp requires moisture as well. Practices like ensuring that you’re drinking enough water and massaging your scalp with light oils can prevent dryness.

Psoriasis – scalp psoriasis looks a lot like dandruff, but often requires medicated shampoos,  topical corticosteroid or antifungal solutions to treat. If you’re not seeing any relief from using traditional dandruff shampoos, see a dermatologist or trichologist.

 

It’s important to know  exactly what you’re dealing to help you determine the best treatment; arm yourself with knowledge and take charge of your scalp health!