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When your roots are starting to grow out or you’re bored with your current style, it’s time for a trip to the hairdresser. In order to have a good trip, it’s important you properly prepare. Your hairdresser is only going to be able to make you happy if he or she is on the same page as you. Here are 4 tips for preparing for a hair appointment.

Come With Ideas

Pictures are helpful to show your hairdresser what you are thinking, but bring more than one. Try to choose images of hair types that are similar to yours. If you choose a hair style on a different hair type, you will be disappointed with the results in your own hair.

Don’t Be Dramatic

If you want to change to a drastically lighter color, be patient. Often times, changing something lighter is going to take several treatments. Consider finding a stepping stone color to lighten your hair a few shades instead of across spectrum. Keep this lightening process in mind if you are planning to go drastically darker as well.

Know the Difference Between a Cut and a Style

Just because you look great after your appointment doesn’t mean you are going to be able to keep up with your new style. You want to work with a great hairdresser that knows how to really cut hair. A good hairstylist can make hair look great for the day, like for a special occasion, but may not have a workable solution for the long term. Along the same lines, choose a hair style that you can keep up with! If you aren’t one to curl your hair, don’t pick a style that need to be curled to stay looking nice.


Don’t Talk Inches

Hairdressers and their clients are often on different pages when it comes to length – especially if you are going for a dramatically shorter look or trying to grow out your hair and only want a trim. Show your hairdresser with your hands where you want your hair to fall in order to keep things clear.

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The kitchen is where you prepare the nutrition for yourself and your family. It’s also the place where sicknesses are born if you’re not vigilant about practicing hygiene. Kitchen hygiene is about much more than simply making sure your granite counter tops are sparkling. Check out these frequently overlooked sources of germs and bacteria, and how to stay healthy with clean kitchen habits.

Rinse Between Cutting

When cutting fruits and vegetables, rinse your knife between cuts. In a recent episode of Dr. Oz, the doctor demonstrated how bacteria from the surface of fruits such as cantaloupe gets introduced to the slices that your family eats when your knife moves from the outer edges to the inner edges. This is especially important to remember when cutting foods that are eaten raw. A cantaloupe listeria warning was recently released, but even if no warnings are present, rinse between cutting to reduce the chances of bacteria spreading.

Wipe Chicken Before Cooking

Rinsing chicken before cooking is commonly considered a good way to get rid of surface bacteria. But in recent studies, it was shown that rinsing raw chicken actually spreads bacteria around. The running water hits the surface of the raw poultry and bounces onto faucets, handles, and countertops, increasing the likelihood that bacteria will spread and sicken family members. Instead, wipe raw chicken with paper towels, then discard. This will remove surface bacteria without spreading it around the kitchen.

Designate Cutting Boards

Cutting boards should be used exclusively for cutting certain foods. Because cutting boards are porous, they can hold onto bacteria longer than you might expect. Wooden cutting boards are fine for fruits and vegetables. Plastic or ceramic cutting boards can be designated for poultry and meat. But don’t use the same plastic cutting board for your steak as you do for your chicken, pork or fish. Cross contamination between meats and produce can lead to bacterial illness.

These clean kitchen habits will enable you to provide healthy, nutritious meals for you and your family without exposing them to unexpected causes of infection and serious illness.


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Ethiopia has been experiencing a rising disposable income and with it comes an increased interest in the beauty industry. The Ethiopian beauty market is one to watch!

Honey Kiss Cleanser


For a homemade honey cleanser experience, simply add two tablespoons of dark organic honey to the face following by warm water so it can be worked into a lather. Once you have treated your whole face, simply rinse off and pat dry. Loaded with vitamins, and nutrients, although this may have originated in Ethiopia, it has since become a well-known fact that honey can promote lasting hydration, remove scars, treat acne, and much more.

Baobab Oil

On the flip side, baobab oil is from the seeds of the fruit of the baobab tree. A tree that grows in Ethiopia and other nearby African countries, the fruit of the baobab tree is rich in vitamins A, D, E, and F, which makes it great for improving the elasticity of the skin while reversing and healing damaged skin. Fairly inexpensive, this oil from the baobab tree is certainly something you should try before you knock it.

Magic Avocado Mask

Lastly, by combining one avocado (peel included) with one well chopped/ peeled tomato, you can create a face mask delicious enough to eat. However, by applying it to the skin and allowing it to sit for 30 minutes, this remedy can cleanse the pores and nourish the skin thusly promoting healthy new skin cells, bereft of free radical damage. Despite having its roots in Ethiopia, this is a remedy is widely used due to the fact that avocados are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids.

Always consult your physician before you try new beauty tips. However, these come highly recommended from an amazing ancient culture so unless you have a medical issue not to, they are certainly worth the effort.

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Whether you’re jetting off to the seaside in the south of France or heading to the beach in Southampton, you need to take along some beauty products to look fabulous. Some places may not have the products you’re looking for and with a full day of adventure planned, there’s really no time to visit local beauty stores. Here are some ideas on the best travel-ready beauty products that you can easily toss into your carry-on, no matter the destination. Fix your look anytime with ease.


When it comes to eyebrows, there’s always a stray hair or two popping up. Certainly, you want to look well-groomed when you’re on vacation. Take along a pair of tweezers like the Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezer. It makes hotel-room grooming a piece of cake. If you’re beaching it in the UK, have all your hairs in place with a good tweeze.


Use a cuticle cream to keep your cuticles soft and nails looking neat. Try Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream to get the job done. If you’re heading out to a high-end restaurant in the Hamptons, use some cuticle cream for a finished look.


The Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer is compact and easy to stash in your carry-on. There’s no need to pack a brush. Easily swipe this creamy concealer on right out of the tube and smooth it on with your finger. Heading out for a night on the town but tired from a day of sightseeing? Cover up that tired look with some concealer.

Facial Mask

Keep your complexion looking fresh with the Karuna Hydrating Face Mask. It’s an ultra-moisturizing sheet mask that will soothe and revive dull skin. It comes in a small, compact packet that’s easy to take along. If you’re out of town for a wedding, having handy facial masks done the night before gives you the best face for the wedding the next day.


Of course, you’ll want to smell good while traveling. With the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black Solid Perfume Compact, you won’t have to worry about liquid contents spilling all over the contents of your suitcase. It houses a mirror and a solid vanilla-violet-and sandalwood that is totally drip-proof. Smell delicious while you’re touring Australia.

If you’re traveling in Australia, Canada, UK or the US, visit a local Vagaro beauty or fitness professional to get your perfect look. Just visit www.vagaro.com.

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It’s that time of year again. The time of year every woman loves, time to pick out a swimsuit. Okay, we made up that part about every woman loving this act. In most cases, choosing a swimsuit is more akin to torture than a fun day out on the town. Thankfully, there are some ways to make the process easier. Read below to learn the swimsuit fashion rules you should keep in mind when you shop for a new bathing suit this year:

The Fit is Everything

A swimsuit can be absolutely beautiful on the rack. However, if it doesn’t fit you as it should, it won’t be attractive. Keep in mind, selecting a size that’s too small will only make you look overweight as it will force your skin to bunch. A swimsuit that’s too big will simply make you look frumpy. Either way, it’s not a great look. Therefore, ensure the suit fits snug but not tight for the perfect fit.

Keep It Classy

You might assume something as small as a bathing suit couldn’t possibly be modest or classy– it can. Pretty, fun patterns in rich colors show class as do full or moderate bottom coverage. over-the-top graphic designs, neon colors and overly seductive bottoms communicate a different message, so it’s best to avoid them all together. As a general rule, your bathing suit bottoms should be thicker than the straps up top.

Dress For Your Body

Some body types look better in certain bathing suit cuts, colors, and styles than they do in others. Therefore, it’s important to select your suit based on your own body shape. Embrace what you have. There is a style that will highlight what you want to show off and camouflage what you would rather hide; you just have to find it. General tips like selecting a bikini top with an underwire if your bust is small or sticking to a matte finish if you want to hide a belly showcase how you dress for your body.

Buying a new swimsuit doesn’t have to be a negative experience if you stick to the fashion rules above.


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A great hairdresser that stays on the same page as you can be really hard to find. Tipping can set the tone for the relationship you have and when it comes to the person who is pushing back your cuticles or coloring your grays, you want to make sure they know how appreciated they are.

The Average Tip

In an informal poll from Aveda, guests have admitted that they tipped as little as 10% and as high as 25%. Most said they tipped 20%, though the average was more generous around bigger cities. Small town beauty shops report that 15% is more normal for their tips, while stylists in malls or drop-in salons often see even less with irregular clientele.

How Much Should I Tip?

Part of tipping will depend on how much work you are as a client. Clients with short hair who book appointments frequently for cut and color may tip less because their hair is less work and their business is more regular. Longer and more difficult jobs of drastically changing color or cut may be something to tip higher for. Last minute appointments should also be well-tipped as an appreciation for being flexible enough to slide you in. Guests with small children should also tip higher, since there is more that goes into keeping small kids entertained and happy during the appointment.

Tipping the Shampoo Person

If your hairdresser is not the one shampooing your hair, do not assume that your tip will be split. To avoid confusion or misunderstanding, tip a small amount ($3-$5) to the shampoo washer. If the shampooer is doing more work (applying toner or other products), tip accordingly.

At the end of the day, you want to have a great rapport with your hairdresser that makes you stand out as a client. You want to be the kind of client that can call last minute and be slipped in on a whim. This comes from properly appreciating the work that goes in to keeping you looking and feeling fabulous.