DFW Beauty News: TONI&GUY TO OFFER TECHNIQUES FOR NATURAL HAIR

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TONI&GUY TO OFFER TECHNIQUES FOR NATURAL HAIR

Hair techniques celebrate naturally curly hair

TONI&GUY, the leaders in haircut and colour, will launch Natural Textures this spring, a collection of new techniques paired with products that will achieve looks for women with naturally curly hair. Celebrating natural hair everywhere with wavy hair, S Pattern, Afro and everything in between, ladies can take all the guesswork out of their styling regimen and benefit from the brand’s signature look, “British Precision with Italian Flair.”

More than 60 TONI&GUY salons and academies nationwide will be providing guests the natural service styles, including the Two-Strand Twist, Braid Out and the Finger Twist, beginning March 1, 2018. Each look is paired with products from TONI&GUY to offer guests a chance to recreate these looks at home.

For more information, please visit: https://www.toniguy.com/

About TONI&GUY:

The TONI&GUY® journey started in Clapham, England with a single family-owned and family-run salon back in 1963. In 1984, TONI&GUY® arrived in the USA and by 1990 opened its first official learning facility in the United States, TONI&GUY Hairdressing Academy in Dallas.

Backed by a rich family history and unwavering mission to deliver cutting-edge cosmetology education, TONI&GUY beauty schools turn talented students into industry-ready hairstylists. Offering basic and advanced cosmetology training, the beauty school’s curriculum was and still is rooted in TONI&GUY’s trademark approach of continuously updating cutting, coloring, and styling techniques. The hairdressing academies continue to draw some of the best talent from all over the world and maintain a distinguished reputation for cosmetology education. This successful formula has been duplicated in several major U.S. cities, and they continue to focus on future growth.

DFW Beauty News: CREDO is OPEN!

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Image Credit: Credo

Hey DFW Beauties, CREDO has just opened their eighth store to make clean beauty accessible, simple and way more fun. They are opening doors in the vibrant Legacy West district. Designed by their in-house team, their space is defined by their belief that clean beauty should be intuitive and inviting — an approach that echoes the welcoming nature of the neighborhood.

Their store’s design brings together the best elements from their other seven locations, including recycled white washed oak floors, hand blown hanging pendant, and signature paned windows.

The airy and calm energy of the 1,300-square-foot space lends itself to exploring at your own pace, with large mirrors, spacious counters, and products arranged intuitively — the way we want to shop.

THE ONLY TRULY TRANSPARENT, CLEAN ASSORTMENT IN THE COUNTRY

The United States has very little regulation and testing around cosmetics sold in the states (for
reference, EU has banned 1,328 ingredients from their cosmetics, and US has banned 11). They have created a safe space with the help of their “Dirty Ingredients” that are banned from their store.

FROM INDIE TO LUXURY AND BEYOND

They only sell the cleanest products with incredibly effective formulas from brands obsessively
vetted by clean beauty experts.

Their collection includes 100+ brands like African Botanics,Alima Pure, Axiology, Cocovit, Evolvh, Herbivore, Ilia, Indie Lee, Innersense, Josh Rosebrook, Juice Beauty, Kjaer Weis, Lily Lolo, Marie Veronique, Nu Evolution, RMS, Rituel de Fille, Skin Owl, Spela, Tata Harper, and Vapour.

Stop by and say hi and let them know we sent you! 

DFW Beauty Tip: POWER of Turmeric

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Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the main spice in the Indian dish curry, is arguably the most powerful herb on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease. Turmeric benefits include so many healing properties that currently there are over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles published proving turmeric benefits, especially one of its renowned healing compounds, curcumin.

This puts turmeric on top of the list as one of the most frequently mentioned medicinal herbs in all of science. The next most popular studied herbs include garlic, cinnamon, ginseng, ginger and milk thistle.

Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, which grows in India and other Southeast Asian countries. The dried root of the Curcuma longa plant is ground into the distinctive yellow turmeric powder. There are several chemical compounds found in turmeric, known as curcuminoids. The active substance in turmeric is curcumin. 

Of the 10,000+ studies referencing turmeric, the most interesting finding is that when it’s compared to conventional medicine, turmeric benefits equal that of many pharmaceutical medications. In fact, a number of studies have even reported that using curcumin is more advantageous than certain prescription drugs.

Areas of Your Health that Curcumin Benefits May Apply?

When examining the research, turmeric benefits go beyond that of these 12 kinds of conditions and treatments:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Antidepressants (Prozac)
  • Chemotherapy
  • Anticoagulants (Aspirin)
  • Pain killers
  • Diabetes drugs (Metformin)
  • Arthritis medications
  • Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
  • Cholesterol drugs (Lipitor)
  • Steroids
  • Skin Care
  • Obesity

Now let’s jump deeper into the research on turmeric benefits at potentially reversing specific diseases.

12 Turmeric Benefits that Beat Medications

Although the list is much longer, we’ve selected 12 conditions and their treatments where drugs pale in comparison to turmeric extracts, in potentially reversing disease. As you read this report, keep in mind that one of the most powerful advantages curcumin has over the traditional medical approach is the lack of side effects.

1. Anticoagulants/Antiplatelets 

Medical intervention generally includes the following medications to slow and prevent blood clotting:

  • Aspirin
  • Clopidogrel (Plavix)
  • Diclofenac
  • Enoxaparin (Lovenox)
  • Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others)
  • Naproxen
  • Warfarin (Coumadin), and others.

Unfortunately, for people with conditions that are treated by these drugs (i.e. deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), this approach may not always be the wisest decision. Ibuprofen overdose is one such common problem. In addition to common side effects like excessive bleeding and hemorrhage, the risks associated with anticoagulants abound and include everything from back pain to headaches to difficulty breathing. (1)

Turmeric, on the other hand, has relatively no known side effects unless taken in extremely excessive amounts.

Additionally, ever since several groundbreaking studies in the mid-1980s, the curcumin in turmeric has been suggested by researchers as actually being a better option for those with vascular thrombosis. (2)

2. Antidepressants

Although few studies have been conducted on humans, dozens of research trials have proven that turmeric benefits include being especially effective in correcting depression symptoms in laboratory animals.

To address this issue, the journal Phytotherapy Research published the results of an amazing, innovative study this past year.  The study took 60 volunteers diagnosed with major depressive disorder (MDD), such as manic depression (bipolar disorder), and split the group to determine how patients treated by curcumin fared against fluoxetine (Prozac) and a combination of the two. (3)

Not only was it discovered that all patients tolerated curcumin well, but they discovered curcumin was as effective as Prozac in managing depression.

According to the authors, “This study provides first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as an effective and safe therapy for treatment in patients with mild depression.”

3. Anti-inflammatories

Arguably, the most powerful aspect of curcumin is its ability to control inflammation. 

The journal Oncogene published the results of a study that evaluated several anti-inflammatory compounds and found that aspirin and ibuprofen are least effective, while curcumin is among the most effective anti-inflammatory compounds in the world. (4)

This news should have reached every household in the world after the study was conducted because inflammation puts people at risk for almost every disease process known to man.

Diseases today such as cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, high cholesterol and chronic pain can be the result of inflammation. 

The anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin have also been studied as a possible treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. At this point, evidence for turmeric’s effects on Alzheimer’s patients is inconclusive; it’s not certain that turmeric can prevent or treat the disease. However, perhaps further research might result in the development of future treatments. (5)

As you will see below in several other articles related to chronic illness, keep this in the back of your mind: Turmeric’s key to disease reversal may be its ability to keep inflammation at bay. 

4. Skin Condition Treatments

Turmeric benefits include anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have proven effective in treating skin conditions. Turmeric benefits for skin include speeding up wound healing; calming the pores to decrease acne and acne scarring; and controlling psoriasis flares. (6) Try my Turmeric Face Mask for Glowing Skin.

Turmeric can stain the skin and it may cause an allergic reaction. Do a patch test by applying a dime-size amount to your forearm. Then wait 24–48 hours to check for any reaction before applying turmeric to your face.

5. Arthritis management 

Because curcumin is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing characteristics, a study was conducted on 45 rheumatoid arthritis patients to compare the benefits of curcumin in turmeric to the arthritis drug Diclofenac sodium, which put people at risk of developing leaky gut and heart disease.

The study split these volunteers into three groups: curcumin treatment alone, Diclofenac sodium alone, and a combination of the two. The results of the trial were eye-opening:

The curcumin group showed the highest percentage of improvement in overall [Disease Activity Score] scores and these scores were significantly better than the patients in the diclofenac sodium group. More importantly, curcumin treatment was found to be safe and did not relate with any adverse events. Our study provides the first evidence for the safety and superiority of curcumin treatment in patients with active RA, and highlights the need for future large-scale trials to validate these findings in patients with RA and other arthritic conditions.

Published by Phytotherapy Research in 2012, the results of this study have encouraged more human research to evaluate the amazing effects curcumin-rich plants like turmeric have on people suffering from various different types of arthritis. (7)

6. Cancer treatment 

Of all the various topics scientists have tackled in regards to curcumin and disease reversal, cancer (of various types) is one of the most thoroughly researched topics. In the words of global authorities like Cancer Research UK: (8)

A number of laboratory studies on cancer cells have shown that curcumin does have anticancer effects. It seems to be able to kill cancer cells and prevent more from growing. It has the best effects on breast cancer, bowel cancer, stomach cancer and skin cancer cells. 

A July 2017 study by researchers at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute found that curcumin may even be able to break through chemo-resistance in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), an aggressive form of pancreatic cancer. (9) Doctors commonly face the challenge of patients initially responding to chemotherapeutic drugs and then later developing resistance. Curcumin appears to re-sensitize these patients’ cancer cells to the drugs, although the exact mechanisms of curcumin’s chemo-sensitization remain ambiguous. Study author, Ajay Goel, PhD, director of gastrointestinal research and translational genomics and oncology at Baylor Scott & White Research Institute stated: (10)

Food-based botanicals have the potential to restore a healthier gene expression in patients but without the toxicity of certain drugs.

Bottom line: Turmeric benefits include working incredibly well to help naturally treat cancer as well as breast cancer, colon cancer and skin cancer. It may also help with chemotherapy resistance in patients with PDAC.

7. Diabetes management 

For lowering blood sugar and reversing insulin resistance, there’s arguably no better natural treatment than adding turmeric into your diet.

In 2009, Biochemistry and Biophysical Research Communications published a study out of Auburn University that explored how supplementing with turmeric can help reverse diabetes. (11) The study discovered that curcumin in turmeric is literally 400 times more potent than Metformin (a common diabetes drug) in activating AMPK which improves insulin sensitivity which can help reverse Type 2 Diabetes.

In addition to correcting the causes of diabetes, curcumin has also been proven to help reverse many of the issues related to insulin resistance and hyperglycemia.

Take, for instance, diabetic neuropathy and retinopathy. One of the most common complications of diabetes is damaged blood vessels, which cause blindness. A study found that supplementing with curcumin can delay this horrible complication of diabetes because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. (12)

8. Obesity

A study published in the journal Biofactors showed that curcumin can help promote weight loss. (13) The researchers found that the anti-inflammatory properties in curcumin were effective at suppressing the inflammatory processes of obesity, therefore helping to reduce obesity and its “adverse health effects.”

9. Gastrointestinal treatments

Oftentimes, people with digestive and stomach complaints become intolerant to medical interventions because the stomach flora is already compromised and drugs can literally tear up the mucosal lining.

An in-depth analysis of all the studies evaluating curcumin’s ability to manage inflammatory bowel disease (IBS, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis) found that many patients were able to stop taking their prescribed corticosteroids because their condition improved so dramatically by taking curcumin! (14)

For many patients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) corticosteroids reduce their pain symptoms, but damage the intestinal lining over time actually making the condition worse. (15)

However, supplementing with curcumin did not have these side effects and, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, actually helped heal the gut and supported the growth of good bacteria (probiotics).

10. Cholesterol regulators 

One of the reasons heart disease is such a problem in the U.S. is that people are developing pre-diabetes (high blood sugar) at an alarming rate.

In turn, diabetics and non-diabetics alike are suffering from a common complication called oxidative stress, which damages the inside of blood vessels. Because of this damage to the arteries, cholesterol begins to build up to patch up the damaged areas, which leads to high levels of LDL cholesterol. 

Traditionally, statin drugs (like Lipitor) are widely known to harm the kidneys and liver and cause a number of deadly side effects.  They do bring cholesterol down, but they never address the actual cause, which is oxidative stress that is caused by high blood sugar levels and inflammation.

Thankfully, medical doctors are becoming more and more aware of the dangerous side effects of statin-drugs and prescribing natural alternatives like curcumin and fish oil instead.

A study done by Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was equal to, or more effective than, diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol. (16)

Studies like these are leading pharmaceutical companies to try to design a synthetic form of curcumin that, unfortunately, will not work as well as the real thing.

11. Painkillers 

One of the more widely accepted properties of curcumin in scientific communities is its ability to manage pain.

Just this past year the European Journal of Pharmacology published research that discovered curcumin naturally activates the opioid system in diabetic rats. Typically manipulated by drugs, this natural process serves as the body’s inherent pain-relieving response. (17)

Not being limited to diabetic pain conditions, an interesting study also published late last year gives us a clue as to the wide array of pain conditions that can be treated by curcumin.

Take, for instance, severe burns. Typically, burn victims are treated with dangerous opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. However, because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research suggests that, curcumin should be used to treat burns instead of these conventional medications. (18)

The trend should be becoming clear at this point. Therapeutic use of turmeric and other curcumin-rich plants are displacing conventional medical treatments and proving it’s a legitimate natural painkiller.

12. Steroids 

Lastly, we’ll take a look at how turmeric benefits the many conditions normally treated by corticosteroids, such as:

  • Psoriasis
  • Lupus
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Chronic pain                                                                                                                                                                                  

In a 1999 breakthrough clinical study, it was found that curcumin has the ability to cure chronic inflammation of the eye. (19) Typically this condition was only treated with steroids, but today it’s common for medical doctors who practice functional medicine to prescribe curcumin instead.

What cannot be overstated, however, is that although statistically “comparable” to steroids in managing and reversing chronic disease, “The lack of side effects with curcumin is its greatest advantage compared with corticosteroids,” as stated by the authors in the above study out of K.G. Medical College.

To give you a sense of the amount of suffering alleviated by curcumin, the following is a sample of steroid side effects listed by the UK’s National Health Services (NHS): (20)

  • Acne
  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cataracts
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Diabetes onset
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Increased appetite (oftentimes leading to increased weight)
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Kidney and thyroid issues
  • Mood disturbances (including aggression, irritability, and rapid mood swings mimicking bipolar disorder)
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea
  • Risk of infection
  • Stunted growth in children
  • Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
  • Thinning skin (leading to easy bruising)

Ultimately, when taking into account the large amount of deadly complications these drugs put your body at risk for, it is easy to see how taking therapeutic curcumin is superior to most medicines. 

If you have any of the diseases above, you will want to consider this natural approach first. For those of you who aren’t sick, taking turmeric will serve you well as a preventative measure. (21)

DFW Beauty Guide: Luxury Beauty Ingredients

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Diamonds

In the realm of luxury, it doesn’t get more expensive than diamonds, and some beauty brands have capitalized on the precious stone’s reputation to include them in their products. But despite some applications — like Kelly Osbourne’s $250,000 black diamond-encrusted manicure — diamonds can offer skin-care benefits.

“There’s a microdermabrasion treatment we perform that uses fine diamonds to exfoliate the stratum corneum to slough off dead skin,” says Dr. Lisa Kellett, founder and medical director of DLK on Avenue. “If you look at the thickness of the skin before and after, the Diamond Peel is very effective.”

In this case, the diamonds are used in the wand that polishes the skin. The innovative device is effective for sloughing skin, and is far more gentle than past versions that used harsher particles and sand that were more aggressive on skin.

When used in skin care, diamond powder is credited with creating a brightening effect. And while this undoubtedly adds to the product’s cost, some experts warn that its inclusion doesn’t always deliver results. For one thing, Randy Schueller, author of It’s Ok to Have Lead in Your Lipstick said to The Cut, for a diamond powder to produce luminosity, it needs to comprise about five per cent of the formula, and for another, it’s not an active ingredient, so its benefits won’t last after you’ve washed off the product.

Gold

We often wear gold around our faces, but some brands encourage you to use it on your face, too. Luxury beauty brand Rodial has a Rose Gold and Bee Venom range that both use the precious metal for its anti-aging benefits.

“Gold helps to rejuvenate the skin cells and has an anti-wrinkle effect,” said Maria Hatzistefanis, company founder. “In the Bee Venom collection, we use nanotechnology to conjugate peptides to gold particles that act on the collagen synthesis, providing a powerful anti-wrinkle effect.”

It turns out, there’s some truth to these claims.

as an anti-aging ingredient, as it can help reduce inflammation, which is a cause of acne and hyperpigmentation,” Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a New York-based dermatologist, said to InStyle. “When applied topically, it also helps brighten the skin.”

However, much like the purported brightening benefits of diamonds, gold in skin care is an inactive ingredient, which means it won’t do much in terms of effecting long-term change to the skin.

“It’s safe as an ingredient, but it’s inert, which questions its biological mechanism of action,” says Dr. Jaggi Rao, clinical professor of medicine at the University of Alberta and medical director of Rao Dermatology. “Clinical studies demonstrating its utility are limited.”

Caviar

Apparently, the salty delicacy that evokes images of Russian oligarchs is a very effective beauty ingredient. In fact, Catherine Zeta-Jones’ shiny, lush locks are reportedly thanks to regular caviar hair treatments that run almost $350 a pop.

The fish eggs are touted for their nutrient-rich composition that includes omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Switzerland-based luxury skin care brand La Prairie has been using the wild ingredient for 30 years in its Skin Caviar range, and hair care brands like Kerastase use it for its hydrating, restorative and shine-boosting properties.

“Caviar extract contains antioxidant properties to protect skin against dangerous UVA and UVB rays,” Dr. Michelle Henry, a New York-based dermatologist, said to Women’s Health. “Omega-3 and omega-6 play an important role in the integrity and barrier function of the skin, [and] the UV protective and moisturizing properties that help improve the texture and quality of the skin also help the hair.”

However, the skin care website FutureDerm says that the benefits of caviar might best be mined by taking the inside-out approach.

“Certain constituents, such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, have been shown to reduce inflammation from UVB-irradiation when topically applied. But the data suggests that the best benefits come from eating them, rather than applying them topically. For maximum benefits, it might be better to have caviar as a luxurious snack than to spread it all over your face.”

Saffron

This may come as a surprise, but saffron is the most expensive spice in the world that rings in at approximately $2,800 per kilogram. But its delicate flavour and the vibrant hue it bestows on traditional dishes like Spanish paella and risotto alla Milanese aren’t its only strong points.

Although luxury beauty brands credit saffron with skin brightening and moisturizing properties, a study published in the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Researchfound that its real strength is in combatting UV rays.

“Saffron can be used as a natural UV absorbing agent,” the study claimed. “The four per cent saffron lotion showed an SPF value equivalent to the eight per cent homosalate lotion.”

However, researchers found, “there were no significant differences of skin moisture contents after application of the saffron lotions and the control base lotion without saffron.”

So, are these products and their luxurious ingredients really worth it?

The answer to that question depends on how much science trumps the lush sensorial experience, and perceived benefits of a high price tag, that these luxury beauty products deliver.

“As these ingredients are known to be expensive and novel, they will increase the perceived value of anything containing them,” Rao says. “They may indeed provide improvement, either by their own properties or the vehicle which carries them, but one wonders why, if the ingredients are so amazing, they aren’t available in more diluted forms in more accessible skin-care products.”

DFW Beauty Tips: Lemons are Your Beauty BFF!

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Good morning DFW Beauties 🍋 don't forget to treat yo' self this easy Sunday ... why not start with the lemon? Read below for amazing tips on ho to turn this sunny fruit into your "Beauty BFF"!

Clarifying moisturizer: Mix a few drops of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. The coconut will hydrate your skin, and lemon will clear and brighten it.

Elbow and knee bleacher: "If your elbows and knees appear dark, simply rub them with half of a lemon," says Patrice Coleman, owner of DaBlot Beauty. "It's like magic!"

Blackhead treatment: It may sound too good to be true, but because lemons are antibacterial, they can help treat acne. Just slice a lemon, and squeeze the juice on your face. Your blackheads will start to fade before you know it.

Cleansing wipes: "I like to mix a couple drops of lemon and tea tree essential oil in about 6 ounces of distilled water. I recommend it as a toner or for use with cotton pads as a cleansing wipe for problematic skin," says Becky Sturm, founder of StormSister Spatique.

Teeth whitener: Mix baking soda and lemon juice, and apply it to your teeth with a clean Q-tip. Then, use your toothbrush to scrub your teeth and rinse. It's way cheaper than going to your dentist's office.

Canker sore treatment: Sturn also uses a few drops of the lemon essential oil on her canker sores to help them heal faster.

Skin brightener: Lemons are rich in vitamin C and citric acid, so they can help brighten and lighten your skin when used over time. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant for neutralizing free radicals and boosting collagen production, says Marina Peredo, M.D., a dermatologist. That means it can help lighten age spots, dark spots, or a fake tan gone wrong. Remember to wear SPF when using lemon juice on your skin, though, since the citrus fruit can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays.

Shine eliminator: Lemon is great for reducing excess oil.

Lip exfoliator: Put a little lemon juice on your lips before bedtime, and wash it off in the morning to help remove dead skin cells and dried skin. One caveat: "Obviously, if you already have severely chapped lips that have any cuts, do not try this," says Gary Goldfaden, M.D., a dermatologist.

Nail strengthener: Have you been getting too many gel manicures? Make a mixture of your favorite cooking oil (try olive oil) with lemon juice, and soak your nails. This is a good practice if your nails are dry and brittle, but it's also a great way to help fix nails that have yellowed.

Hair Lightener: Score dye-free DIY highlights with lemon juice. Apply it before you expose your hair to sunlight to score a sun-kissed color. The lemon juice can also help treat a dry scalp and dandruff, so apply it liberally.

DFW Beauty Guide: Emotional Eating

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Negative emotions often cause people to eat when they are bored, angry or already full, says New York Times-bestselling author Dr.Susan Albers, a nationally recognized psychologist who specializes in eating issues, weight loss, body image concerns and mindfulness.

Improving your emotional intelligence (EI) will help you make smarter food decisions, eat healthier and better manage your weight, says Dr. Albers. Too often, people have kneejerk reactions to food, mindlessly consuming calories, rather than taking a breath and consciously thinking through their options.

“I have had numerous clients tell me that when they become more mindful of their bodies and tune in closely to their emotions, not only does it help with their eating, it helps them enjoy their relationships and jobs more,” says Albers, whose work has been featured in many of the nation’s top media outlets, including O, the Oprah Magazine, Health, SelfFitnessFamily Circle, Natural Health, The Wall Street Journal and The Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Albers recommends a variety of simple practices to increase mindfulness which can lead to reduced stress, better food choices and improved emotional intelligence including:

  1. Enjoy an Epsom salt soak - Add two cups of Epsom salt and half a cup of olive oil into warm bathwater and soak for 15 minutes. “Soothing water therapy, which has been around since ancient times, helps quiet and relax the body,” Albers says. “Even a short soak helps you to center and make better choices.”
  2. Another bath time option is a warming mustard soak - Mix ¼ cup mustard seed powder, ¼ cup Epsom salt, ½ cup baking soda and six drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour the mixture in a hot bath. “A mustard soak helps relax and detox your body as well as soothe tired or torn muscles – two issues that often lead to emotional eating,” Albers says. (NOTE: Here’s a video demonstration.)
  3. Give your eyes a break – Rest and reset tired eyes by rubbing your hands together then gently placing your warm palms over closed eye lids for 1-3 minutes.
  4. Practice Child’s Pose –  Kneel on a carpet or soft mat, drop your bottom to your knees and lean forward, stretching your arms out in front of you and resting your forehead on either a pillow or the floor. Breathe deeply in and out for five minutes.
  5. Warm Up - Improve your sleep by warming your pajamas in the dryer for 5 minutes and slipping into them just before bed.
  6. Tea Time – Enjoy a daily cup of cinnamon or black tea. Both have been proven to help reduce cortisol, a hormone responsible for fight-or-flight stress and often weight gain.
  7. Self-Massage – Use a tennis ball to relax and release muscles after a long day.  Gently roll tired feet over the tennis ball or place it between your shoulders, lean against a wall and slowly move from side-to-side.
  8. Take a Stand - Take a break from sitting by placing your hands on either side of an open doorway, then leaning gently forward on your weight. “Sitting is the new smoking – it can take years off your life,” Albers says. “Standing periodically gives you a natural energy boost without having to go for a candy bar, and the shoulder stretch and chest opening helps relieve tension from sitting at a keyboard.”
  9. Nutrition Boost - Stock up on magnesium, vitamin D and iron. “Magnesium, vitamin D and iron help our bodies run smoothly,” Albers says. “People notice when they’re dragging, and these are helpful for reenergizing your body.” Eating spinach is key for all three minerals and vitamins, Albers says. Other items to eat: Vitamin D-fortified foods, such as cereal, orange juice and mushrooms; foods rich in iron, such as chicken liver and quality beef; and foods that help with magnesium, such as pumpkin seeds, almonds and leafy greens.

DFW Beauty Guide: Reina Rebelde

DFW BEAUTY GUIDE - REINA REBELDE

Makeup is often celebrated as a form of self-expression, but you'd be hard pressed to see mainstream beauty considered a form of cultural expression. Until Reina Rebelde hit the scene, that is. The new beauty brand—whose name translates to "rebellious queen" in English—aims to celebrate the unique beauty of Latina women. Launched a few months ago by former corporate lawyer Regina Merson, the cosmetics company is on a mission not only to provide flattering cosmetics for Latina women, but also to unite all of the mujeres from all Latina cultures through the medium of makeup.

Mexican-born Founder and CEO of Reina Rebelde, Regina Merson (based in Dallas) left an establish career as a bankruptcy attorney in order to follow her passion and fill the void in the market for a makeup line that truly celebrates and honors Latinas at every step of their beauty rituals with products such as “Atrevida” for the Bold Lip Pencil in a daring black color to “Brava” one of the Bold Lip Color Sticks in an insanely pigmented red and “Tapatia” for one of the 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color quads to honor the women from Guadalajara, and much more. Each product was carefully curated and developed over the past three years and aims to give Latinas a beautifully, bold makeup collection that celebrates the unique cultural dualities that Latinas in the U.S. currently live.

DFW Beauty Guide: Depil Waxing School

Depil Brazil Waxing School by Andrea Wissing offers a series of classes for body and facial waxing tailored to both experienced and unexperienced professionals wanting to become specialists. Trainees must be licensed in your home state and have strong interest in continuing your education in beauty, health, and wellness.

Bare the Brazilian September 18th & 19th: They don’t call it a Brazilian for nothing. Take a deep dive below the belt into the world of Brazilian Waxing with a Waxing School that uses authentic techniques from the homeland itself. In this two-day course, DBWS will teach you how to wax the Brazilian area with near perfect results under 20 minutes, while keeping your client as comfortable as possible. With completion the course, you will master the art of an express and clean style service with no paper or sticky wax involved. Bring two female models and we will bring the rest to help you refine your performance. This course includes a waxing kit with a month-long supplyto get you started on any avenue you decide to take.

Course Times & Dates:

Dates Available:
September 18th & 19th
October 7th & 8th
October 21st & 22nd

Class Time:
8:30am – 5:30pm

Depil Brazil Waxing Studio
5005 S Cooper St #177
Arlington, TX 76017

Tuition: $1500
Special Price: $1300
Initial Deposit: $500

***Ask about their referral program and exclusive deals on products.