April 30, 2012 at 1:21 pm , by Nykia Spradley
Admit it, we diet for every other reason under the sun, so why not for whiter teeth?
But this isn’t your typical diet. Think of it more as a compromise that will leave you with a brighter smile. Dr. Timothy Chase a New York City dentist dished on what to eat and what to give up to get your choppers their pearliest.
Certain foods help to remove bacteria that cause plaque which hardens into a yellowish tartar if not brushed away soon enough.
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables work best because they function as an abrasive scrub for your teeth. They also stimulates the production of saliva, which helps to keep plaque from forming:
- Strawberries and oranges are both useful for polishing teeth. Rubbing an orange peel or a strawberry over your teeth, following by washing out your mouth with water will get your noticeable whiter teeth after a few months
- Dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese contain a lactic acid which may help protect teeth against decay. Hard cheeses are best for whitening since they help remove food particles as well.
- It’s important to avoid stain-causing foods and substances as much as possible. A simple rule is any food which causes a stubborn laundry stain can stain teeth too. Brushing teeth or at least rinsing one’s mouth with water after consuming these foods is a great way to help prevent staining. Foods to avoid include:
- Red Wine
- Soy Sauce
January 30, 2012 at 5:48 pm , by Nykia Spradley
Believe it or not, we are well into summer mode. When temps are in the 30s you kind of have to be, right? This time of year we’d give anything for the blissful days of bare legs and coral lips, but there has to be some trade off to living in NYC.
Being able to toss our hair up in a top knot without having to worry about fitting a knit hat over it, or showing off a super bright toe nail shade every other day are just a few of our best summer beauty moments.
What are your favorite summer beauty moments?
October 24, 2011 at 1:24 pm , by Nykia Spradley
The easiest/quickest/most affordable way to add oomph to your ‘do without doing anything drastic (i.e. cut and color) is to switch the position of your part—if it’s in the middle, move it to the side; if it’s on the right, move it to the left; etc. “Aside from the inherent chicness that side parts provide—think of a hat placed on your head with a tilt—side parts can actually provide balance to a client’s features,” says Jason Low, senior stylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in New York City. Side part curious? Here’s how to slice it.
If you have long hair…
A zig-zag part helps separate long hair and prevents it from looking flat, says Gerard Touroul, a stylist at Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in New York City.
If you have an updo…
For chignons and fancy buns, backcomb the hair around the part and at the crown of your head, says Gerard. “Proportions play a big role with updo styles.”
If you have short hair…
Give your side part texture with a bit of pomade but don’t overdo it or else it will look too greasy, says Gerard.
If you’re looking to try out a side part and are finding it a challenge (stupid cowlick!), you might need to train your roots. Here’s how: With damp hair, part your hair exactly where you want it to be. As you blowdry comb each side of the line, drying the roots into their new direction. “Working with hair is very similar to working with wax. You need heat and some manipulation to form a new shape. As it cools, it will adapt to its new form,” says Low. “The dampness in the beginning almost acts as a ‘reset’ button.”
September 20, 2011 at 12:50 am , by Nykia Spradley
Okay so we haven’t entered fall yet (officially), but we took a trip back stage during New York Fashion Week to get a sneak peek at what beauty trends are on the horizon for spring.
September 12, 2011 at 11:42 am , by Nykia Spradley
Stocking up on new school supplies—from shiny pens and mechanical pencils to completely revamped wardrobes—has become a Fall right of passage for children. But, why should the kiddies have all of the back-to-school fun? While you’re working on overhauling your own autumn wardrobe (FYI: peplum blazers, mustard hues, and polka dots are all the rage), don’t forget about your hair. Here is a grown-up ponytail style from celeb stylist David Lopez (his clients include the Glee cast—Heather Morris, Lea Michelle, and Diana Agron) to add to your autumn repertoire.
STEP 1: Prep your strands beforehand by applying a texture spray or mousse to the hair line and blowdry completely. ”Don’t forget to blow dry the hair around the nape of your neck upwards towards the base,” says Lopez.
STEP 2: Gather all of your hair into a ponytail with a large paddle brush. Use the top of your cheekbones as a guide to line the ponytail up and follow diagonally towards the crown. ”I like to use a ‘wrap’ style ponytail holder but a snag free holder works just as well,” adds Lopez. After securing your ponytail take a one inch section of hair and firmly wrap it around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic. This trick makes an otherwise sporty style look a bit more glam.
STEP 3: Use a large barrel curling iron and wrap large one inch sections to give the pony some bounce. A ponytail showcases the ends of your hair so smooth them with a light oil like Amika Obliphica Pure Oil too boost shine and definition.