Showing posts with label Magazine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Magazine. Show all posts

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Black Beauty & Hair | Dec 2015 / Jan 2016


Another year is almost over (scarily) and with it brings the Dec/Jan issue of Black Beauty & Hair.


The holiday season has given me some time to actually sit down with a magazine as opposed to a quick flick through on my commute. As usual there's lots of styling tips, new beauty buys and how to get ready to party this season. I've especially enjoyed reading how YouTube beauties, , , and spend their days during the festive season and How to be a Bobstar in which Lathaniel Chambers shows how a weave can be cut into a gorgeous natural-looking bob.


This is issue is pretty special for me too as I'm in it both as a writer and as a blogger. My article this is issue is Hair Mask 101 which talks through why you need a hair mask, what to use and how. Deep conditioners are my favourite type of product so naturally I can't help strongly suggesting others rely on these too.


Also inside is 'Bloggers Makeover' with KeraCare involving Megisa (), Diane () Fatou () and me. We were styled by award-winning hairstylist Michelle Thompson at the  back in August for a 70s themed photoshoot. I've already posted what happened the behind-the-scenes over the course of the photoshoot and in the magazine you can read what the other bloggers had to say and a word from Michelle Thompson.

Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Black Beauty & Hair | Oct/Nov 2015


Is it really Autumn already? This year feels like it's gone so fast, but with another month almost over it brings another issue of Black Beauty & Hair which is out now.


Can we just take a moment to appreciate the cover? The image is from UK Hair company Khairmax featured inside the mag. The company's founder Sade Akinosho is all about inspiring women to 'do more' when styling wigs and encourages her clients to try different hairstyles and colours whilst still making them look natural. This grey curly unit is just one stunning look of six shown inside. Reading the feature has definitely made me think more about being more daring when wearing wigs and extensions.

Also this issue is the Africa Fashion Week Manchester 2015 (AFWL) report, beautiful makeup looks for this season and hundreds of hairstyle ideas. My article 'HD Curls' talks through tips on getting and keeping curl definition, as well as a few products to help. Below is a small sneak peek of my article.


Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 16 February 2015

5 Ways to Whiter, Brighter Teeth



I'm personally in a love hate relationship with my teeth (I love to hate them) and the thing I hate most about them is that yellow-y tinge that occurs every now and again from drinking too much tea. It seems I'm not alone. Whiter teeth are often cited as one of the top things women would like to change about themselves. Luckily there's a whole host of brightening methods to choose from, so here's a few ways to get your teeth whiter and keep them that way.

Home Kits
A popular method to whiten teeth is by using home whitening kits. These can be purchased either on the high street or online, and can cost anywhere from £10 to £100. Several options are available, ranging from dental trays, strips, ‘paint on’ formulas and even whitening pens. The choice can get a little overwhelming so speak to your dentist for guidance about whitening. To ensure you end up with a product that delivers there are certain things you need to look for when buying a home kit. Hydrogen peroxide is the most common ingredient in effective whitening products and it has to be a high enough strength in order to actually brighten teeth. Legally in the UK, home kits should only contain 0.1% hydrogen peroxide. Be wary of products with higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide as if these are used incorrectly they can leave you with nasty chemical burns. Be careful to stick to timings and usage instructions too. Over-whitening the teeth can wear away the enamel leaving your teeth translucent or grey and with increased sensitivity. In general whitening strips tend to be a safer (depending on what they're made of) and are a ‘no fuss’ option.

DIY Naturally
If you prefer to DIY and love keeping it natural, look no further than your kitchen for teeth whiteners. Oil, baking soda and strawberries are all claimed to be remedies for dull, discoloured teeth. Oil pulling is ancient Ayurvedic technique which involves swishing oil around your mouth for 15-20 minutes before spitting it out and rinsing with warm water. It’s thought to remove all of the toxins and bacteria in the mouth, leading to whiter teeth. Organic oils such as Sesame, Olive or Coconut are often cited to produce the most benefits. It does sound a little crazy but at least it’s au naturel. Strawberries are also claimed to whiten teeth as the fruit contains malic acid which helps lift stains. To use, mash up some strawberries and combine with baking soda (another natural whitener) so the mixture is not too acidic. Apply the mixture to your teeth and leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing. As too much acid can erode the enamel on your teeth it’s suggested to do this no more than once a week.

Dentist
The most dramatic whitening results can only take place in the dentist’s chair. Whitening available from your dentist is far stronger and effective than any legal product that can be purchased from shops or online. Gleaming white teeth can often be achieved in a single session, but the sparkling results come at a price. Costs can total over £200 for one treatment. If you don’t fancy forking out for a brighter smile, a regular clean and polish from your dentist is another option. This will remove deeper stains and discolouration more than regular brushing and it costs a lot less than a whitening procedure.

Maintenance
If you want to keep your teeth pearly white dentists recommend brushing teeth for a full two minutes, two times a day. It’s suggested to brush gently at 45 degree angle against the gum line for thorough stain removal. Want that super clean feeling? Go electric instead of manual. Electric toothbrushes have been proven to be more effective than a manual brush. It’s also advised by dentists to avoid certain foods and drinks to keep teeth white. Beverages such as tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and wine all cause discolouration. It’s usually the acidity or the sugar levels in foods which wreak havoc on our teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals and using mouthwash can also help to keep stains at bay.

Fake It
No time for whitening? You can get the appearance of whiter teeth simply by wearing a red lipstick with blue undertones. This trick works as blue balances out any yellow stains on your teeth. You can also fake it by wearing bronzer as this gives the face a sun kissed glow which makes teeth seem brighter.

How do you keep your teeth white?
Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 8 February 2015

Black Beauty & Hair Feb/March 2015



The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is in shops now and is filled to the brim with hair and makeup ideas and with V-Day (Valentines) around the corner I'm looking to switch up my style next weekend. There's also a massive guide on wigs which have become more popular in the last few years. I'm starting to really come around to the idea of wearing a wig regularly in order to give my hair a break, but finding the right one has definitely held me back. There's so many options between synthetic, human hair, lace-fronts and u-parts, BBH breaks down the jargon and has rounded up the best-selling wigs to make choosing the right one for you a little easier.

My article this issue is on how to transition long-term. I'm currently transitioning (to texlaxed hair) and the one thing I've noticed with a lot of the available tips is that they all focus on transitioning to natural hair. This article is for anyone that wants to transition to a range of textures, whether you're looking to grow out colour or heat damage or if you're transitioning to texlaxed or natural.

As always, there's a sneak peek of my article below.


Have you got a copy?


Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Black Beauty & Hair Dec/Jan 2015



The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is out now, fulfilling all your needs for festive makeup looks and hairstyle ideas, a handy gift guide and fashion news. Our hair can take a battering during this cold season and also inside this issue is my article on protecting your hairline from the elements. There's a sneak peek of my article below.


Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Black Beauty & Hair Aug/Sept 2014



The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair actually came out a little while ago but where I took a small step back from blogging recently I didn't get around to posting about it until now. The issue came out in the height of summer and as a result this issue is jam packed with tips on keeping your holiday hair in shape, how to battle cellulite and as ever hundreds of hairstyles to try. This issue also focuses on natural hair so whether you're thinking about transitioning or just need a few tips on how to care for your 'fro check it out.

My article this issue was on keeping your hair happy during the summer - and if you're lucky enough to still have some sun where you are there's loads of tips on how to keep a cool head. There's a sneak peek of my article below.


Have you got your copy?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Black Beauty & Hair June/July 2014



The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair is out now. Inside is an eclectic mix of the latest hair, fashion and beauty trends and various articles focusing on relaxed hair. With the wave of my favourite relaxed hair gurus announcing their transition to natural hair recently (, , , ,  & come to mind) I've been thinking more about why I relax my hair. I support anyone trying to make that transition and I constantly have dilemmas about transitioning, but so far I always end up deciding to continue relaxing.

I'm not alone it seems and even with a decline in relaxer sales, so many women still relax their hair. Editor Irene Shelley looks at the reasons some women relax their hair and I briefly discuss why I relax my hair in the article. Also inside, are my articles on how to combat breakage in relaxed hair (FYI that's my most asked question) and how to reach your hair goals regardless of hair texture, length or the goal you have in mind.


There's also an article on the Vixen Sew-In with Radiant Hair Salon and if weaves were my thing I'd be rushing out to get this as it gives you so much more freedom in how you wear your hair. I saw a video on the Vixen Sew-In a few weeks back and my jaw dropped at how natural it looks. There's also some beautiful natural hairstyles which I'm going to try soon as I think they'll really work with my textured roots. So if you're interested, go grab a copy.

Have you got a copy?


Christine Stewart x

Monday, 24 March 2014

Black Beauty & Hair April/May 2014



The latest of issue of Black Beauty & Hair is out now.

This issue is the Bridal supplement so there's lots of info on getting your hair and makeup perfect for the big day. Also inside is an interview with TV presenter AJ Odudu and stunningly beautiful Lupita Nyongo, an article on how to get great skin and my article 'No Heat Challenge'.

I honestly believe that drastically reducing the amount I rely on using heat on my hair helped a lot with retaining length and having the longest hair I've ever had. No Heat Challenge is all about staving off heat and outlines alternatives to those blowfryers, hot wands and straighteners. There's a sneak peak of my article below.


Have you got your copy?

Christine Stewart x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Black Beauty & Hair | Feb/March 2014


The latest issue of Black Beauty & Hair has hit the news stands. With Valentines just around the corner (eek already?) BBH brings you the latest beauty products and fashion picks to keep you looking on point. Also in this issue is makeup artist Joy Adenuga's tips for contouring and highlighting, the winning collections from the Black Beauty/Sensationnel Hair Awards and ways to zap cystic acne.

My article this issue is on porosity. I had a lot of fun writing this one as porosity seems to be something that not a lot of people know about or it gets forgotten about as the importance of knowing your hair texture or typing is emphasised more. Porosity to me is a major indicator on how to care for your hair as it can affect how your hair reacts to products and chemical treatments. Want to know what it's all about? It's on page 114 of the issue and there's a sneak peek below


Have you got a copy?

Christine Stewart x

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