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Maintaining your hair is relatively easy once you know how to care for it. Hair is made of protein, so keeping a healthy diet and practicing good hygiene are essential parts of maintaining luscious locks. If you want beautiful hair, start by washing and conditioning it properly.

Here are Few Steps to Washing Your Hair Properly

  1. Wash hair sparingly and use a good-quality shampoo –Washing hair too often can leave hair dried out, leached of its natural oils, and may damage your hair. Aim to shampoo your hair at most every other day or only twice a week.
  2. Try shampoos that do not contain sulfates or parabens– Sulfates are the chemicals that make shampoos lather up.[1] Parabens are preservatives that cause irritation and eye problems after prolonged use[2]. Both of these chemicals aren’t healthy for you or the environment so try to use shampoos with natural cleansers. Choose a shampoo that suits your hair type. Don’t just go for any old shampoo; go for the shampoo that works for your hair type. Typical types include (but are not limited to):
  • Curly or Afro-textured hair probably wants frizz-minimizing or softening shampoo that is creamy and has natural oils in it.
  • Straight or oily hair probably wants a gentle shampoo designed for daily washing.
  • Coloured or treated hair probably needs a shampoo that’s fortified with extracts or amino acids, because treating your hair is essentially damaging it.
  • Dry hair probably needs shampoos with glycerine and collagen to help restore some moisture into the hair.

  1. Be careful about using hair care products with too much protein– too much protein can leave your hair feeling desiccated and brittle. While protein is the building block of healthy hair, use conditioners that come with balanced ingredients.
  2. Rinse your hair with apple cider vinegar once every month– Doing this helps to make your hair look shinier and cleaner; plus, it treats dandruff. Use 1 part apple cider vinegar vinegar to 3 parts warm water, then rinse and wash your hair as normal. Vinegar has a strong smell, but it will go away after you shampoo your hair.

Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Take-Care-of-Your-Hair

The footwear known as sneakers has in recent times become an admirable trend for women, if you ask me how it all began; I might be unable to narrate its unique origin or invention especially amongst the women folks regardless of this, wearing of sneakers especially by ladies is definitely an admirable trend in the fashion industry. Despite the complicated nature of fashion and style in our today’s world, one factor still remains constant when it comes to selecting a style; which is “comfort”.  The good news about this footwear called sneakers is the comfort, while the bad news is if you are used to wearing heels, then this “work-out wardrobe” might be hard to pull on.

Examining the popularity of use of the sneakers especially amongst women one can deduce that        “the humble sneaker” has undoubtedly become the biggest footwear trend of the year and has kicked off a total fashion revolution. Spotted on the feet of everyone, from models and celebrities to bloggers and designers, sneakers have become more popular than they have been in years. It is even more astonishing the way the sneakers have pulled its way through to the forefront of the fashion industry as one of the unforgettable pioneers of a unique fashion trend.

The woman’s style of putting on sneakers as a footwear continually stands out as an admirable fashion piece, even dress with sneakers are considered to be a womanly daily style, as well as business and evening styles, which is depends on a concrete model.

Nevertheless, many women still find it quite tasking as well as highly frustrating to spot out very comfortable sneakers. You’re on a long Sunday stroll or hiking with friends on the weekend when your “dogs start barking.” It may be an aching pain in the soles of your feet, toe cramps or a shooting pain through your arch or heel, whatever the discomfort, your walking shoes may be to blame.

Although, shopping for new, comfortable sneakers for walking can be tricky nevertheless here are helpful tips to find a comfortable snicker.

What to look for in walking sneakers:

First of all, the time of day you do your shopping is important. Dr. Miguel Cunha, podiatrist and founder of Gotham Foot care in NYC, says that you should always buy your shoes in the evening when your feet are most swollen. “If the shoe feels comfortable at the end of the day, they will most likely feel comfortable throughout the day.”

Secondly, you must examine your old pair. Dr. Olga Shvets, a podiatrist in New York City, recommends looking at your current sneaker for clues as to the right fitting shoe. She says that looking at the soles of a well-worn pair of sneakers to see where the sole is worn out will suggest where you are making most of your impact.

In addition, you must find the right design. Dr. Cunha says to look for a shoe designed with smooth, solid leather uppers that are not only highly durable, but also flexible and comfortable.

Another thing to look out for is the flex point of a walking shoe, which is the point at which it bends while walking. For optimal comfort, the flex point of the shoe should match the bending point of your foot; when it does not align with your foot it can cause problems like arch pain or plantar fasciitis. You can check the flex point of the shoe by holding it by the heel and pressing the toe of the shoe onto the ground; The point where the shoe bends and creases is the flex point.

Re-think your shoe size. Cunha says that it is important to remember that sizing can be different across different brands, due to their design and the materials used. Also keep in mind that the length and width of a person’s foot tends to change over time due to falling arches or because of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. The tip of your thumb should fit between the end of the shoe and the end of your longest toe. Make sure the toe box is wide to enough to accommodate your toes also, make sure there is enough room to slightly wiggle your toes. If you cannot move your toes at all then the shoes are too tight and will eventually become painful. Try at least three different shoe models and try two different models at the same time, wearing one model on each foot, to better compare.

Sneakers are one of the most beautiful and unique footwear for women, nevertheless comfort and durability are paramount determinant factors that must not be neglected when purchasing the sneakers that will be loved by a woman.

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Don’t you think that’s too high dear? That’s always my mum’s favorite line. I’m a heels girl.

Are you 5”9 and above, and have people harass you whenever you come out dressed in heels? Do you have people asking you why you love your high heeled shoes? A cousin who’s the queen of unsolicited advice that never fails to reminds you how uncomfortable it would feel if you fell off those shoes? a brother who thinks you go on heels to intimidate guys, or an aunt genuinely feels you may end up with a cracked skull and 20 stitches? Yes! we’ve heard it all.

Shoes are not always about your height, and trust me; it’s not designed specifically to boost the height of shorter ladies. In fact, a few centuries ago, high heels were mostly worn by upper class men, Yes! I said men, read it up.

Ladies should never be made to feel uncomfortable for their choice of footwear, nor should they be sentenced to a lifetime of flats just for being tall. When I was growing up, my mum would always get me flat shoes, suffice to say I ditched all that once I was allowed to shop with my allowance. I’m just 5”11, so why should I suffer the flats?

Many girls and ladies would love to strut about on heels but are often discouraged by their circles, peers, culture, height etc. They are probably not ready to answer the uncomfortable questions about their strange wardrobe addition or they just don’t know the answers to those questions. I’m a heels person, and while growing up, I got so many awkward looks and questions about why I wore heels considering the fact that I’m a comfortable 5”11 who struts about with 6” + heels, pretty tall I’d say. Fast forward 20 years on, I have heard all forms of argument about why I need to tone down on the high heels, from health, to decency, to my ego, and sometimes genuine concern about my safety. I have one response to everyone; I am not afraid of heights. Now let’s take a look at ladies and their heels.

People sometimes believe that high heels are meant for the “Not so tall” ladies. That’s not true; And some tall ladies have allowed themselves to be sentenced by the society to a life time of flats, well, let’s share with you, a few reasons why tall ladies are also entitled to wear heels.

You are never “Too Tall” For Anyone – it’s important to understand that you are not too tall, every human is made unique for purpose, and you shouldn’t give up what you want or love as long as it’s not harming anyone anyway. I’ve had so many people saying to me ‘Those heels make you too tall,’ I usually reply, ‘I’m not afraid of heights’ the simple truth is you are never too tall for anyone. Wear what you like. Wear what makes you feel good.” Rajahnique Jones from TallNNatural stands at 6’ 0 and she wants us to know that we don’t ever have to feel like we need to put on a pair of kitten heels or flats to avoid standing out in a crowd. Wear what you like. Wear what makes you feel good.” It helps your confidence too.

Standing Taller should be a Powerful and “NOT” an Awkward Feeling – Do you feel awkward standing in out in a room full of people because your head is towering over everyone else? No way! Imagine yourself as the shortest person in that room and everyone towering over you. Can you picture that? I bet it won’t be a good feeling having stood heads higher for decades. I used to get sent to the back of the class in primary school because I was the lanky girl, Ha-ha! No way am I feeling bad about standing taller. Fashion blogger Bree Wijnaar of The Tall Society thinks that strutting around in heels only accents your long frame, and it’s empowering! She stands at 6’4″ in flats, so the woman knows what she’s talking about.

Her advice to Tall Sisters, “I hope you choose to wear what makes you feel beautiful, elegant, empowered, comfortable, and ready to take on the world!”

Being Tall Isn’t any “Less Feminine” – Girls are meant to be small and delicate right? Don’t get it confused; That is so sexist. Kacy Karlen of The Height of Style said that when she was younger, she often worried about losing her femininity if she towered way over the heads of every person in the room standing at 6’4”. Like many other tall sisters, she grew up to understand that “Wearing heels as a tall woman doesn’t make you any less feminine; it rather puts you in control of your femininity. What do heels really do for anyone? It increases the height? And why increase your height? It has a way of boosting your confidence. We’re all captivated by confidence. There is nothing more beautiful than a tall woman wearing fierce heels and rocking the hell out of her life.” If it wasn’t so attractive, why use the phrase standing tall?

You Are an Amazon, Embrace Every Inch of You – Instead of wishing you were an average stature, embrace the fact that you were meant to be willowy and a show-Stealer right from the beginning. Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashonista stands at a lovely 5’8″ in flats. She says to tall sisters, “OWN IT. Your beauty, height, and body are not an accident! If you can find and score heels that speak to your style and looks, girl rock it. You are an amazon, so stand tall and embrace every inch of you!”

If You Are Already Commanding the Room, You Might as Well Rock the Heels – If you are a tall lady, chances are you are already standing taller than most people in the room. I do not believe in half measures, whether you wear flats, stilettos or sandals, there is 90% probability that you’re going to get noticed when you walk into a room. So, if you’re dying to wear that four-inch platform, do it! There’s really no point in denying yourself that little pleasure, if you’re already commanding the Room, You Might as Well Rock those Heels.

Don’t Take the Fun Out of Fashion – Some outfits are just screaming out for “Heels”. When we limit ourselves in what we’re allowed and not allowed to wear, fashion becomes more stress than fun. Not only will you find it difficult to find the right clothes, it becomes a task to look trendy and stylish. If you want to look fabulous, don’t box yourself in. Fashion is first an adventure of self-expression; don’t take the fun out of the adventure.

Finally, be Proud of Who You Are! Though I could go on to list over a hundred reasons why tall ladies should wear heels, it all boils down to your level of confidence. Love yourself and be proud of who you are, you cannot change you, so make your 6’ frame count. Stay true to yourself, and don’t put up unnecessary barriers when it comes to expressing your tastes just so you can blend in with the crowd. Remember; you were never always made to stand tall.

The famous Christian Louboutin once said, ‘I would hate for someone to look at my shoes and say, “Oh my God! They look so comfortable!’ I totally agree. Being chic is not everyone’s business. Afterall Marilyn Monroe said ‘Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.’ We can’t all be conquerors, now can we? So, the next time you’re on your heels and you get the look or the question; don’t you think you’re too tall? Tell them “I’m not afraid of heights”

Boma Benjy -Iwuoha

Capes have always been synonymous with superheroes, from Batman, and Superman, to captain marvel etc., capes are believed to empower superheroes with magical wings, and the ability to fly to the rescue, and do amazing things like save the planet or destroy the enemy.

It’s a little wonder that these capes have found their way onto the backs of the real-life superheroes, as they have become a part of the modern-day women’s clothing designs. Women are Afterall, the superheroes in our everyday lives.

We’ve all come across the famous cape-like jackets and other cape inspired designs, making the rounds in the 2018 fashion scene.

From the stunning Salvatore Ferragamo Fall 2016 cape jacket design, snatched off the runway by Nigeria’s First Lady Aisha Buhari, to the amazing cape inspired wedding outfit with which the famous American tennis superstar, Serena Williams, dazzled the world at her 2017 fall wedding.

These unique cape-inspired outfits, continue to metamorphose through an evolution of designs, weaves, and styles, created in different fabrics by renowned designers through to the 2018 fashion season.

These unique and stylish designs have adorned the backs of famous superstars such as the beautiful American singer and actress, Jennifer Lopez, the adorable actress, and businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow, and Nigeria’s famous top Nollywood actress and movie producer, Genevieve Nnaji.

Royalty has not been left out of the trend as they have also taken a liking to these unique designs as seen on the stunning Duchess of Sussex, and retired American actress Meghan Markle, and the regal Queen Mathilde of Belgium.

These stunning women have rocked these designs, leaving different fashion statements in their wake. Royalty, professional women, entrepreneurs, socialites, entertainers, and of course, working girls like me all have a one or a couple cape inspired outfits in added to their wardrobe.

There is no doubt that just like jumpsuits have become an irreplaceable constant in women’s wardrobes, these designs are here to stay.

I own a couple, tailored in different designs, just like some of my fashion loving friends; and  when I come across a fashion trend that is fast becoming a classic, I like to know where it originated from. So, I did some research, and here’s what I found.

First of all, a cape is a sleeveless outer garment, which drapes the wearer’s back, arms, and chest, and fastens at the neck. Familiar right? Well, it was a common fashion in medieval Europe, especially when combined with a hood in the chaperon, and it has since then, had periodic returns to fashion.

In nineteenth-century Europe, the Roman Catholic clergy wore a type of cape known as a ferraiolo, which is worn for formal events outside a ritualistic context. It looks quite familiar if you ask me.

Caped overcoats were also popular for men during the Victorian era, with some caped Ulsters featuring multiple layered capes, and the Inverness coat (both formal evening and working day variants). We just tweaked it up a little bit, and it sure looks stunning on women.

There have also been several modifications to this beautiful classic, so if you are getting ready for a chic lit outing, a business meeting, a flash party or an evening on the red carpet event, there is definitely a cape-inspired outfit to go with.

Dress the way you want to be addressed right? Well, that’s what we are doing.

Women are Afterall the Real superheroes, why not look the part?

 

By Boma Benjy Iwuoha

Grece Ghanem; Instagram’s New Icon of Ageless Style

“Stay visible! Once women pass a certain age, they don’t get looked at anymore,” says Grece Ghanem, a 53-year old personal trainer from Montreal, without so much as a sigh of self-pity. “I don’t take that into account. I still wear things in a fun way. I don’t have to disappear.” It’s safe to say that there’s no chance of that happening.

Ghanem has gained her 48,000-strong Instagram following because she’s so feisty and fearless about putting herself and her style out there in the world. This is ageism-be-damned, a fact not lost on the likes of Sephora and Club Monaco, which have flocked to collaborate with her.

A quick scroll reveals that Ghanem’s distinctive signature look—terrific choppy gray bob; the twinning of exquisite big-ticket tailoring and love-worn denim; and trademark big sunglasses—is utterly tangible and real. Pieces get constantly repeated—the Gucci dusky-pink floral jacket and pants; the in-heavy-rotation jeans and a shirt; the big and boxy Céline claret pantsuit worn together or apart; the fling-it-over-absolutely-everything leather biker—again and again (like, you know, we all do). Nothing gets worn once. Nothing gets discarded; she still has pieces from back when she was a student in Beirut in the early ’80s. And nothing ever gets hashtagged.

Yeah, you can spot the labels—the Balenciaga, the Acne Studios, the Phoebe-era Céline (her abiding obsession)—but to Ghanem’s mind, she’d rather you clocked her and how she has worn them first. Ghanem’s weakness for statement accessories from the aforementioned labels—the black velvet GG-embellished fanny pack, the pointy pink satin mules courtesy of Mr. Gvasalia—somehow only amplifies how much she shops her own closet every single day. “I live in my wardrobe,” she says. “I always look at what I have first. I don’t buy just because it’s a trend.”

This approach—make the best of what you already have and work with it—is as true to Ghanem’s life as it is to her style. She left the strife of Lebanon in 2005 with her daughter, Cheyenne, now 22, to start anew in Canada, leaving behind more than the lovingly curated Gucci and Céline that she had been collecting since she was 18; she also waved goodbye to her family and to her career as a microbiologist. Unable to practice that profession in her new homeland, she turned to personal training. If life gives you lemons, add them to the water in the gym you’re working at.

That acceptance of what has gone before touches her Instagram, too. Ever since she started it two years ago with Cheyenne, as a means for them to have fun together, Ghanem has chosen never to delete a post, to obliterate what went before. Now, she says, she feels a sense of responsibility to the young women in their 20s and 30s who make up a substantial part of her followers, to show that style is a constant work in progress. Oh, and, by dressing her best life, that she doesn’t—and by extension they don’t—have to disappear into the shadows just because the needle hits 4-0. “I am disappointed [women of my age] are not represented on the runways and in magazines,” she says. “But in the end, it’s you and not the clothes that matter. When you acknowledge yourself, everyone will see you.”

Written By: Mark Holgate
Photographer: Cheyenne El-Khourry

I have heard people say, “these are my work clothes”, and I wonder when I look at the outfit; as a professional, shouldn’t you look your best all the time?

When you have a non-uniform regular job, (most uniform jobs do not allow room for accessories) chances are, you appear in your “work clothes” for the better part of the day, when you meet new people and go about your daily business. I ask myself; what are your best clothes doing in the closet; waiting for the right time?

My girlfriend Nasa, has an attitude to clothes that reflects that of many ladies I have come across. She worked as a banker and had a lot of beautiful fashion pieces in her wardrobe, most of which she considered unsuitable for her “work dress code”. When she shopped for work outfits, she spent a fortune buying the same colour suits all grey in different designs.

It makes me wonder, if you have a job that already confines you to a daily routine, why imprison yourself in drab clothes too? Didn’t the famous British fashion designer and couturier, Alexander McQueen once say, “Fashion should be a form of escapism and not a form of imprisonment.”?

I think he’s right, fashion is one place, where you can always find your freedom.

The first question I ask my friends or colleagues when I find them performing this over-dramatic dress code policy thing is, what do you understand as a dress code?

I often find that many have no Idea what it truly means, so let me help you out. In this context, A dress code is a set of standards that companies develop to help provide their employees with guidance about what is appropriate to wear to work.

Now, there is no clause that says, look like a granny or get yourself a uniform, but that’s what many ladies do, and that is probably because they’ve never really seen or read a dress code policy, they just go with the existing trend in their workplace. So, I’m going to help out again, with the standard elements you can find in a professional dress code policy:

  • All employees must be clean and well-groomed. Grooming styles dictated by religion and ethnicity aren’t restricted.
  • All clothes must be work-appropriate. Clothes that are typical in workouts and outdoor activities aren’t allowed.
  • All clothes must project professionalism. Clothes that are too revealing or inappropriate aren’t allowed.
  • All clothes must be clean and in good shape. Discernible rips, tears or holes aren’t allowed.
  • Employees must avoid clothes with stamps that are offensive or inappropriate.

I had to show Nasa a policy sample for her to seek out that of her bank, and guess what? It never said wear grey suits all week round. They were just following the trend. Getting comfortable looking grey.

You could look smashing all week round and still stick to your work dress code. No one asks you to go shopping for uniforms just because it’s called a dress code. It says look professional, not drab.

Here are a few things you can do to spruce up your work clothes and stay on the fashion radar. Accessorize! Accessorize!! and Accessorize!!!

  1. Accessories: As long as it is not a uniform, you are allowed to accessorize, you do not have to go overboard with coral beads and pearls, a little accessory here and there can very well change the entire look of a grey suit.
  2. Apply the classics: The classics are those fashion items that every lady is expected to have, some of which include a scarf, a blazer, a white tee shirt, a pair of dark colour denim, white button-down shirt, and of course a little black dress. You can read the rest up. These items, most of which I guess you already have in your wardrobe, may not be work friendly when used on their own, but can definitely keep you on the fashion radar, when combined with your work clothes.

3. Experiment: So, you were asked to stick to a particular set of colours, like some banks do, why look for the most comfortable? Be the odd one out. Chances are that when you are asked to wear dark colours, you are given specifics like grey, black and navy blue etc.; Well, as long as the policy does not say DO NOT EMBELLISH! you are allowed to accessorize with that multicolor scarf you have hanging in your closet. And don’t forget, no one said anything about your shoes. Be daring sometimes and throw on the bright color cardigan… it gets cold sometimes right? And no one ever said the grey has to be the dominant colour, you could have the orange as the dress and accessorize with grey. Yes! orange can be work friendly too.

4. Be your own girlfriend: I love handbags, who doesn’t? It’s an accessory you have on every day, if you can invest in grey suits then chances are you do not have to wear the same bag every day. I know what you may be thinking; bags are expensive, right? Girl; you are a working girl, NOT Victoria Beckham. So, except you work in the fashion industry (In which case you won’t need this lecture), knock off items and fashion label handbags are allowed. Do not break the bank.

5. Finally; Create a niche: Find something others are not wearing, wear it and make it yours. My friend Nasa joined the bandwagon with the grey suits, while she could have set the trend with a different colour (and it did not have to be suits). Their company policy allowed 5 colours by the way,  and this includes burgundy. No one would touch that colour with a bargepole.
In everyday fashion, we find that people go for the comfortable colours, who says you cannot be different? Trust me, you do not have to join the trend, trends are set by people and you can create yours. Choose those colours that no one would touch and make it yours. I would have gone for the burgundy and looked chic in it every day.

Armed with these tips, you can be sure to beat the work dress code drama; work smart and feel smart on the go. We spend most of our useful hours at work after all, why not look and feel smart while you are at it? There is no need to overdramatize the dress code, just make it work for you.

Don’t forget; You are a professional and not a zombie. Own your style even at work.

By: Boma Benjy – Iwuoha

The kimono is a traditional Japanese garment that comes in form of full-length robes, usually worn by the Japanese for important festivals and formal occasions. A formal clothing style of Japanese culture that is usually associated with politeness, much like the English black tie code to formal events.

The word Kimono means – a thing to wear. This fashion piece has, in the last couple of decades found its way into the global space of classic fashion, and just like many other classic pieces, it has been designed and remodeled by designers such as Alexander Wang, Herve Leger, and Isabel Marant, to name a few, creating a fora of designs, inspired by the former. The kimono has become a constant fashion piece in the wardrobe of many women, and almost every woman can lay claim to a kind of kimono or kimono inspired clothing, from the couture dresses with exorbitant kimono sleeves, to the kimono wrap dress, or the famous trendy kimono inspired jackets, and those classy kimono inspired blazers. Yes! You definitely own something inspired by a kimono.

During my final year at the university, I noticed a trend among the girls on campus that was funny and tricky, yet quite beautiful.

The kimono jackets and gowns were trendy amongst many female students, as it allowed them to wear whatever they want underneath while using the kimono jacket as a cover. Tricky as it seemed, it served the dual purpose of style and safety. You could not go wrong with that look, never odd or out of fashion and for this reason; it became a popular piece of fashion among female the students.

The kimono has since the early 2000’s joined the list of the popular fashion pieces that have been modified to inspire different fashion trends. Your first thought at the mention of the word kimono may usually be a colourful robe accompanied by a belted sash, but this fashion piece has long evolved beyond that trend on the global fashion stage.

When we talk about the modern day kimono, we do not refer to the traditional Japanese occasional garment (Kimono) that consists of a bogus upper and lower combination of fabrics that is long, loose, wide, and often tied with a sash. The modern-day kimono is a new trend of clothing jackets and gowns inspired by the traditional Japanese kimono that have been modeled to suit your need through the summer, spring, fall or winter. Yes! Designs that will make your eyes spark up, season after season.

The kimono has inspired so many designs that much like its origin, seems have a design for almost every occasion.

Now you might be thinking, “well… a kimono is not for my age”; I am about to shock you on this one.

It may surprise you to know that kimono jackets and its inspired clothing’s are perfect for all women irrespective of the age or size; and you should do a check on your wardrobe too; if you’ve bought something trendy in the last five years, chances are you already have a kimono and a kimono-inspired outfit, because much like that one style fits all jacket that we ladies love so much, they come in different styles, shapes, and sizes, and are perfect for you.

Whatever size you represent, tall, slim, and petite or full figured,you can still rock in a kimono outfit.

I’m guessing the popular American journalist Laura Jacobs did know what she meant after all, when she described a Kimono as – More Than Just a ‘Thing to Wear’– the meaning is indeed as irreducible as the garment.