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Easihair Pro

I was luckily enough to be invited to the pink media launch of easihair pro hair extensions at the beginning of the month.

Before the event, my knowledge stretched as far as: Hair extensions –

  1. are either clip-ins, bonded or taped to your natural hair.
  2. are expensive.
  3. are incredibly high maintenance.
  4. take ages to be applied.
  5. are not very good at staying in and random pieces end up falling onto the ground at inconvenient times.
  6. start to look a bit washed and worn out after a few weeks of wear.
  7. damage your hair when being removed.
  8. are not very easy to remove.
  9. apparently make you wish that you never bothered with having them put in, in the first place.

So, as you can see from above, I had VERY little experience and knowledge when it comes to hair extensions, until I met Garron Reynolds the managing director of Fascination Wigs, FRIKA Hair Pty Ltd and the newly ‘launched’ to the SA market, easihair pro South Africa. Amongst the hair business, he certainly has some know-how.

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easihair pro has already taken the overseas market by storm, as Garron put it, not all tape-in extensions are made equal. A lot of tape-in extensions which are already on the market have a bad reputation both with the hairstylist and consumer because although they apply well, they have a tendency to “slip” from the root of the hair. If I have to speak to any of my stylist friends they all despise hair extensions because of the above mentioned reasons and possibly why one of the reasons I have never ventured to extension avenue (apart from 2 blue clip-in extensions I had when I was 17 for about 2 days that I completely despised).

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easihair pro was founded by Garron’s brother, Paul Reynolds who lives in the USA and the company still remains a family owned and operated business, with a no nonsense approach. This very approach has won over the hearts of salon owners along with the sheer quality, functionally and durability the extensions offer to both a salon, stylists and consumers alike.

Although I’m still pretty clueless about extensions, I learned the following about: easihair pro extensions –

  1. are tape-ins, with special technology to curb “slipping”.
  2. are pricy but affordable especially as they are reusable – so long as they are looked after correctly.
  3. are medium maintenance. I don’t believe they are the highest maintenance extensions available but if you don’t look after them, in turn, they will not look after you.
  4. are in investment, provided you look after them correctly.
  5. are quick and easy to have applied.
  6. are perfect for endurance of all kinds, exercise is nothing for these beauties .
  7. are quick, easy and effective to be removed.
  8. are perfect for commitment-phobes who can’t decide on long or short, high-lights or low-lights. Quick, simple and effective changes can make the difference to your hair.
  9. look natural. You really can’t tell the difference between your own hair and the extensions.
  10. are the easiest choice for the consumer and stylist when it comes to the demand for high quality hair extensions.

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The entire event which was held at Scar in Kloof Street had a wonderful dash of pink, in honour of October being breast cancer awareness month. Featuring pink drinks to pink snacks and it finished off in style with the guests leaving with a dash of pink hair courtesy of easi-pro. For someone, like myself who has never coloured their hair, that was quite a moment and all the better that in order for me to get my 2 dashes of pink – I didn’t need to peroxide my hair first…  I have been sporting my pink hair with pride for the whole month and absolutely loving it! The stylist, Leandi from Scar, who applied my strand split it into two, so I have a pink strand on each side. Quite far underneath my hair so its not in your face but rather subtle and shows a pop of colour when my hair is loose.

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

birds of paradise limited edition ghd coral styler and bag

We were showcased the absolutely breathtakingly beautiful ghd V coral styler which is a limited edition model of the bird of paradise collection. The colours are tropical, bright and happy. This beauty is on sale until 31 October and retails for R2,380. The reason why this beautiful straightener is so special is that all proceeds of this ghd are donated to CANSA. Morgan Taylor nails also treated us to a wonderful shade of Pink, called Let’s Go to the Hop.

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

Morgan Taylor : Lets Go To the Hop

I am still unsure whether I, personally will try the extensions realm but I do know for sure that if I decide to try them, my only option would be easihair pro.

x flea143

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Lady Laws

In honour of Woman’s Day tomorrow…. There are certain things, I believe in life that us girls need to learn in order to be acknowledged as a full on lady, in a true sense of the word. I am calling these the Lady Laws and I believe we need to learn and master these things and you will be on your way to being the best women you can be….

ComplimentTaking a compliment.

“You look absolutely amazing”. Yes, you do. You spent hours doing your hair and makeup (sometimes even weeks when you’ve been training your butt off at the gym) to look exactly how you look right now. Someone has acknowledged it. Embrace the compliement, think of it as a gift of kindess. Do not and I reapeat DO NOT throw a compliment away when one is given to you. Yes, you might be taken aback and flattered but a simple “thank you” with a smile is a great response. Do not point out another weakness in response to this as it ends up looking like you want your own pity party, and only girls have pity parties – not ladies. Be gracious about it though in the same regard and don’t get a big head about it.

Self DefenseHow to defend yourself.

We live in a scary world. Not just a scary country. There is a high chance that 1 in 4 women has a chance of experiencing a violent crime in her lifetime. Studies have shown that it is virtually always better to fight back in situations as women who have done in studies have always eneded up being less injured than those who didn’t. I’m not suggesting a black belt in karate but a good knowledge of how to defend yourself against a potentially nasty situation will only empower you in life.

Breast Cancer CheckLearning to check your body.

One in nine women will get breast cancer at some point in their lives and early diagnosis is vital for a good recovery. This means, it is ideal to check your own boobies once a month. They are your breasts and no one elses. Its really simple and can be done when you are in the bath or shower. You need to be aware of what is normal for you in look and feel, what changes to loook for and report any changes to your doctor without delay and ensure to go for a mamogram once year once you reach the age of 35 or earlier if you have concerns.

Walking AwayWalking Away From Bad Friendships and/or Relationships

There are so many people in the world that can be toxic for you, both platonically and romantically. If you ever feel as though you are trapped, undermined, anxious, in danger or unhappy around certain people, learn the art of letting them go from your life in order for you to be free. Surrounding yourself with a support group of compassionate loving family and friends will help you see yourself for exactly what you’re worth in life. Do not compromise that for anyone. Continue reading

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Going Topless for Breast Cancer : What’s the Point?

With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month I have to have my two cents on the people of the internet going Topless for Breast Cancer in order to raise awareness for the horrifying disease. I have a few problems with this as breast cancer does not look like someone in perfect health clutching their implants with a smirk trying to look sexy. Breast cancer really is something a lot more horrifying to contend with than girls on the internet looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

This is not breast cancer

Images similar to this is  not breast cancer

With occasionally being involved in the industry within South Africa you come across and work with many aspiring models and they always translate to being on all your social networks. This is where I’ve seen the craze of posing “nudey” pictures without actually thinking. With captions and comments saying things along the lines of “I’m topless for Breast Cancer Awareness”, “God Bless the sufferers of this terrible disease” and “Breast Cancer Awareness”. It just does not make sense to me.

It’s not been such a huge hit this year as it has been previously but I have still seen the above posed a minimum of 10 times in the past days of October. I think it may have toned down due to the fact people have actually started thinking about what they are doing and that it’s possibly more of a slap in the face to the actual sufferers and survivors of breast cancer by waving your tits around online. Sort of saying – “look at mine – they are ok“.

That being said, one can argue the same thing about Movember which is coming up soon in November where the lads all grow their moustaches, but a lot of them actually jump on the causes bandwagon – they register, get sponsored for the progress of their ‘mo’ and then proceed to track the growth online, whereas this going topless thing, there are not really any charities involved and no one is really benefiting from this apart from the person in the picture becoming ANOTHER girl with provocative pictures online.

It may come across with a cynical tone but surely if you are really looking to raise awareness there are a lot better ways of going about it. Donating money towards charities for either the hospice – for those that are suffering or to the research for breast cancer or even volunteering with groups of sufferers and family sufferers, there are plenty of organisations both locally and worldwide which help those in need. That is the type of thing that does not need to be shouted about online in a public forum, but it should be more so than simply posing images of your half naked self.

Model Rebecca Romijn has created a comedy skit with FunnyorDie, how ironic, for Breast Cancer Awareness – I assume in honour of it being the month of October, if you haven’t seen it – you can watch it here:

This is possibly a more light hearted view than what I have been saying above but I still think these things need to be approached with caution. Just because healthy breasts are considered to be sexy does not make this disease a sexy one. If you been on a turbulent journey of breast cancer with someone you know then it’s very hard to find any part of this disease sexy or funny… I understand in the long run that rather having people talking about it is better than not but there are better ways to portray the information to get people talking. Comedy on the other hand is good at making people feel a bit more light-hearted about any situation depending on your life views and beliefs.

 Would love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

x flea143

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Chrysalis Lingerie : Specifically for Trans Women

Hi Poutlings

Transgender women are becoming more and more talked about and really, they are most certainly becoming more accepted and less taboo in todays society, and they are becoming an ever-growing demographic world wide… So it would make sense that new businesses would crop up to attend to their specific needs. Chrysalis Lingerie is a special lingerie that is marketed to transwomen, and it comes completel witha power-mesh panel that’s designed to create a seamless effect, so that those who wish to “pass” as a women can adequately tuck in their male genitalia.

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Similarly, the bra comes with hidden pockets that “hold full-cup” insers to create the appearance of breasts (seems like this might be a useful invention for breast cancer survivors and women who have had mastectomies for a variety of reasons, too.) All of the Chrysalis lingerie models are transgender.

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“I wanted a product that actually celebrated who we are, something that made us feel beautiful but is also practical. We’re done hiding. We’re done keeping quiet. We are a very diverse community, we do exist and we have explicit needs.” – Cy Lauz, Chrysalis designer.

I think it’s great and another step in the right direction towards transgender equality.

I hope RuPaul approves! 🙂

*missfitz

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Is Makeup Really Harmful? Long Term Effects of Cosmetics.

Hiya Poutlings

Our makeup rotuines come just as naturally to us as putting on shoes before leaving the house. From foundation to eyeshadow, we can’t get enough of our beloved products. But can makeup actually harm while making you look good? New research says yes. I’ve studied this new research and come to the following conclusions to see what exactly goes on after we leave the powder room.

While we are all well aware that makeup contains chemicals, it’s the types we are dealing with that we turn the other cheek to. From scary names like PARABENS, it’s sometimes easier to pretend we didn’t notice and continue applying and while the makeup doesnt necessarily need a life threatening warning label like cigarettes for eample, it doesn’t hurt a bit more to know what you’re applying to your skin.

Although you may think you’re inferior to certain products because you don’t swallow or inhale them, it doesn’t mean your system is in the clear. Because you’re putting makeup directly on your skin, it enters your bloodstream almost immediately, and because many of us use multiple products throughout the day, it’s the mixing chemicals we need to watch out for.

Aside from the typical allergic reactions and annoying breakouts, these chemicals have potential to cause long-term damage. If you expose your skin to multiple products containing chemicals like parabens on a regular basis for an extended period of time, you up your risk for things like breast cancer, aging problems and reproductive impairments.

Other chemicals like petroleum, find in products such as lipice, is a mineral oil jelly that can do more harm than good. While we turn lipice with hopes of getting rid of our dry skin, this chemical can actually lead to dry skin, which completely cancels out the purpose of its placement.

So how can we avoid these chemical combination mishaps? First, read the labels of your makeup. Check out the fine print and read the box before you buy. You can also switch to organic makeup products with natural ingredients that won’t irritate your skin as much. Or, if you really want to make a change, go au naturale. – I am quite sure Sandylashxx has just had a heart attack. I’m sorry Sandy! 😀

All in all makeup isn’t a total disaster unless you drown your skin with multiple products 24/7/365.

To make this short and sweet – GIVE YOUR SKIN A BREAK ONCE IN A WHILE, but don’t be lazy. Everything in moderation dears, that is all.

*missfitz

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