10 Summer Tips for Hair

10 Summer Tips for Hair

 by: Carolina Yasukawa

Although we love summer and we can’t wait to get outside, you still have to protect your hair. Here are some tips to keep your hair healthy and shiny.



1. Braid It Up

Braids are a great way to add a style to the hair and still put it up. Avoid braiding the hair when its wet. The tension of a braid will cause tension and breakage. Lightly blow dry and add a loose braid. Mist with some hairspray…. summer time here we come!


2. Rise and Shine

If you are planning on swimming in the hot summer weather base your hair with shine. Ever wonder why blonde hair turns green when you get in the pool, chlorine is blue. Yellow and Blue make green. Not only will you have to be cautious for a color change you will have to be careful for damage. Most shines come in liquid form and are heavier. Your hair is porous so it absorbs the product. If you fill your hair with shine it will have not room to fill with chlorine.


3. Leave it In

Going to the beach and jumping in the salty water is so refreshing on a hot day. If you find yourself going to the beach this summer , bring a bottle of leave in conditioner. Wet your hair down before you go in then spray more in after. This will protect your hair from the drying of the salt water. You can use the same technique when going to the lake too. Lake water is still and sometime polluted. This technique will keep your hair from getting damaged with the pollution.


4. Say No to Lemons

The old myth of lemon juice to lighten the hair is quite damaging. The acidity of the citrus fruit will dry the hair and make it hard to brush. Instead play in the sun for longer. When you are in the hot weather your hair naturally lightens. The heat the sun and the air opens the cuticle and fades color. That’s why you have to sit under a dryer at the salon if you get a conditioning treatment or want to lighten your hair. Heat opens the cuticle and allows the color or treatment to seep into the hair.


5. Wear a Hat

If you are concerned about color adage in the summer time try wearing a hat. The hat will shade your head keeping you cool and your color rich.


6. Just Condition

During summer, most of the activities outdoors will dry your hair out. Daily shampooing does the same. If you are someone who needs to wash your hair everyday, try washing with conditioner. Not only will it moisturize your hair but it will loosen the dirt in your hair. Not washing everyday keeps your scalp, skin and hair full of shine and moisture.


7. Get a Trim

Most people want to grow their hair out. I am guilty of that too. But at some point you need to choose between long and pretty. If you want both trim those dry summer ends off. Your hair will look shiner and your hair will grow faster. When you don’t cut your hair for long amounts of time your split ends continue to split up the hair, make your hair shorter and scraggly. Tell your stylist to DUST your hair dry so only the bare minimum comes off. Regular haircuts or DUSTINGS should be no longer then every 3 months.


8. Add Some Depth

Ombre is still a very popular color technique. This technique is low maintenance and trendy. Adding depth at the roots makes hair look thicker and gives life to the skin. Too much lightness washes your skin out. The days of classic highlighting are over.


9. It all Chalked Up

Chalking is a great way to add cool colors to the hair with out the commitment. Your hair first needs to be lighter than the shade your putting in. Most product companies have hair chalk that sell from $7 to $20 a shade. If your on a budget you can also go to your local art store and get oil pastels. A whole box for $7-10. To do the technique first get some gloves…… this is a messy job. Then literally draw the color into the hair. Style as desired.


10. What’s a Blow Dryer?

Blow drying your hair in the summer is like eating a snow cone is a blizzard. The heat and humidity of the summer air will act as a blow dryer. If you have curly hair and you hate your hair air dried use conditioner as your styling product… that’s right.. straight from the shower. DO NOT SCRUNCH. We did scrunching in the 80’s so look like lions. If you ever notice your hair looks crazy after a scrunching job is because your making it frizzy. The more you touch curly hair the frizzier it gets. Lightly shake the hair out and DO NOT TOUCH IT!!!  It should dry into a nice curl or wave.



Eat. Laugh. Play. And always take care of your hair. Its your greatest accessory .


Royal Jewelz


Who Am I?

My name is Deraj Pugh. I am 19 years old, and was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. As a psychology major, Business Administration minor, I attended Howard University in Washington, DC for my freshman year beginning in the fall of 2011 until part of my sophomore year in October 2012. Unfortunately, due to my mother’s death in July of 2012 and obligations I had to attend to, I returned back to my hometown, and decided to take a break from college with the intent to return this upcoming fall. However, I decided this past May that things would work better for me if I continued my education in Philly. I am returning to college in the spring of 2014. Schools on my list include Temple University, Drexel University, and, UPenn; I will be pursuing my bachelors in either Linguistics or Business.

What is Royal Jewelz? What is Kitsy Lane?
Royal Jewelz is my customized, online jewelry boutique that features jewelry which I pick from a selection of over 400 items. Kitsy Lane (KL) is, in essence, the middle man between myself and my customers. KL provides the site platform, jewelry from on-trend and up-and-coming designers, pays the commissions, and handles all orders and shipping. The following quote further explains KL’s mission and the process of owning a boutique through them. “Kitsy Lane empowers Boutique Owners to run their own online jewelry and accessories boutique on their own time – and make money while they’re at it. [They] get to customize their own online storefront, choose the pieces they want to sell, give personal shopping advice, and promote fabulous finds across their social networks… And anyone can do it. There’s no starter kit to buy, no website to build, no inventory to manage, and no trunk shows to host. And we’re thrilled to offer it completely free.”

Why I started my boutique:
In addition to my mom teaching and raising me to be an independent young woman, I’ve always wanted to be my own boss and run my own business/company. I can’t imagine living the rest of my life day in and day out being told what to do and having to report to a manager/supervisor. No offense to anyone who does; that is just not the life I plan to live. I’d rather measure my success based on my terms and live up to my own expectations.

My advice to young women:
To keep it short and simple, as one of my favorite YouTube stars, ShamelessMaya would say, “Be Shameless!” and “DO YOU, BOO!” As long as it is positive and productive, apply these sayings to your life however they resonate within YOUR heart and mind. We all have setbacks and obstacles in life that may force us to seek help from others, but never make depending on another person for everything a part of who you are! At the same time, empowering and supporting each other more is something we all need to work on.

Elsa Earrings

Elsa Earrings


Madonna Bracelet

Madonna Bracelet


Flo Gold Ring

Flo Gold Ring


Contact Information:
Instagram: RoyalJewelz or #royaljewelz
Online Boutique: www.royaljewelz.kitsylane.com



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Student Self Starters on their Own


by: Eugenia Brandy

Washington, DC ­ Raven Andrews stepped through the sheer tan curtain of the backroom of University of Maryland’s African Student Association fashion show. She stopped and breathed in a sigh of contentment. Amid the chaos of nervous models, an anxious program director, and frantic fashion designers, Raven quickly jogged to her station. Taking one more steadying breath, she smiled at her model Tamara Clint and reached for her cream face primer and whispered breathlessly with a wide smile, Okay ladies, let’s do a face.


Andrews, a junior economics major at Howard University, is a makeup artist. In 2011, she launched Blush Makeup Artistry which specializes in fashion events, special occasions and every day women make up. Now two years later, Blush Makeup Artistry is slowly stamping its mark with features in events such as the popular RAW makeup bar in Washington, DC, making Andrews and her artistry known to other well-known makeup artist in DC.


Andrews’ makeup artistry business has doubled from about 2 clients a month to about 4 or 5 clients a month. Her largest client being UMD’s African Student Association and their 2012 fashion show. While an increase of2-3 clients a month may seem trivial, for a student makeup artist, her business is withstanding trials many other makeup artist find themselves in, looking for clients. Her clients this year include mostly fashion events such as showcases and fashion shows.

Her mission and goal is to highlight the best features of a woman. Every woman is beautiful and she should never feel anything less than that.


She charges students $35 for a full face makeup application. The average cost for a face of makeup in Washington D.C. is about $60. Non student clients are usually charged per client and event dynamics such as size. Andrews makes close to $80 per fashion shoot and fashion event.

“You know, doing something you love to do for free is so very different from doing what you love in an actual business setting,” Andrews says with eyes lit up, while patting foundation over her first model of the night forehead with a makeup wedge.

“I chose to name it Blush Makeup Artistry because it’s one of my favorite beauty products,” said Andrews, “blush highlights the cheekbones.”


Andrew’s passion for makeup artistry dates back to when she was 14 when I volunteered at Iconz. “When I turned 16, I worked at Iconz, a casting agency in Philly, as a booking agent,” she said. “Cyndi Lane was a hairstylist and makeup artist at Iconz and I always loved the way she turned models into masterpieces.”

The makeup industry plays by their own rules, it is never too early or too late to launch a career in makeup artistry or to network in any field of interest, she said.

Andrews began by using her own face and the faces of family and friends as a canvas to begin her business. Andrews began her business by building her portfolio online through her tumblr blog: blushmakeupartistry.tumblr.com, a physical file of her experience and work in makeup that consists of pictures of friends, family and clients that she’s done in the past.

She describes her craft as an on the go business. “I’m still a full time student,” she said. “Finding the time to balance everything is definitely one of my challenges.”

Her clients love her service. “Raven is very personable and friendly. As she is doing your makeup she is laughing and initiating conversation. It releases tension and it’s relaxing,” Tamara Clint, a frequent client, said.

Another client, Amira Thomas, remarked jokingly: “Raven transforms your face from a 5 to a 9 with the flick of her brush. It’s fun to watch, and fun to be the recipient, she treats us like we are all home-girls, even if she just met you.”

There is no such thing as a typical work day for Raven Andrews.  I never really know what a work day is going to look like Raven said. Once she arrives for a gig or client, Andrews work is never cut and dry, there is always something unique about each experience. Each client is different, each client expects different things and she strives to accommodate them all.

Some days Raven may get a client for a fashion show, some days it may just be a family friend who is going to an event. She welcomes unexpected and unscheduled appointments. Her weekends sometimes consist of impromptu work hours.

Past clients include DC model Noura Mohammed, the models of UMD’s African Student Association spring 2012 fashion show and DC based RAW Mixology fashion show.

The hardest part of starting a business for her is putting herself out there. “That’s hard for me because I am a very prideful person,” she said. “I didn¹t want to get shot down, but I swallowed my pride and just put my work out there. I’m certainly not the best out there, but I’m here, and I’m learning, and I’m growing.”

“Forget about failure, don’t let money be your sole motivation, link up with other people in your industry and get a mentor,” advice Andrews has for others thinking about starting their own businesses. “Don’t just have passion, actually try to hone your craft and be the best you can be. Stay humble and moreover support other people who are starting their own businesses.”

Photo¹s courtesy of Raven Andrews and http://blushmakeupartistry.tumblr.com/tagged/BMA







Red Carpet Ready!

Photo Courtesy of bestcare.org

Photo Courtesy of bestcare.org


By:Erica Cox, Aesthetician/MakeUp Artist


  • Makeup (in this order)

1hr Before the event!

Primer is very important because it will make sure your makeup lasts all night.

Tinted Moisturizer will give you light coverage and keep your face from looking cakey.

Blush is needed because I am sure you will be smiling all night and your cheeks need to pop.

Lipstick will last longer than wearing just gloss alone and looks even better when it is a bold color.

Lashes will give your face the glam it needs for the sexiest eyes.

Compact Mirror is always needed in your purse because you have to check and make sure you are fierce at all times.

  • Skincare

4wks Before the event!

Skincare Regimen should be started a few months in advance if your prone to breakouts.

Yogurt Mask a few days before your big night; this will have your skin smooth and polished.

24 hrs Before the event!

Toothpaste is awesome to help get rid of that last minute pimple.

Exfoliate with a loofah to take off dead skin cells and moisturize the body.

Airbrush Tan is a easy way to get a bronze glow year around.

  • Hair

2hrs Before the event!

Hot Rollers are the quickest way to get big sexy waves and the bombshell look in minutes.

Hair Combs are great for creating a quick and easy pin up style.

  • Nails

1 day Before the event!

Polish colors should be clashed because matching your fingers and toes is outdated.

Paraffin Dip on the hands will make them soft to compliment that fresh manicure.

  • Diet

1wk Before the event!

Veggie Juice in your diet will help reduce bloating and make your skin vibrant.

Coconuts are full of electrolytes to give you energy and this fruit will also boost your natural glow.

Do you know your Skin Type?

Skin Type

By:Erica Cox, Aesthetician/MakeUp Artist


Many young ladies are using a lot of skincare products and are not really sure if it’s the right thing for their skin.  Here is a list below of skin types to figure out what kind of skin you may have.

Dry Skin: Skin that has lost moisture, radiance, and smoothness.

Sensitive Skin: Skin that may be red, blotchy & easy to inflame.

Oily Skin: Skin that produces excess oil, clogged pores and sometimes may breakout.

Combination to Oily: Skin that is normal but has a very oily T-zone.

Combination to Dry: Skin that is normal but has dry spots occasionally.


It is important that you know your type before you begin using a consistent skincare regimen, makeup, etc. Remember, the wrong products can cause lengthy skin problems. Still have questions about your personal type? List your questions below.

Glam 101

Glam101By:Erica Cox, Aesthetician/Make Up Artist



Ok ladies, it’s time for this week’s dos and dont’s in makeup and skincare:


Glam101 Do’s & Dont’s

Do put makeup on a clean & moisturized face!
Do keep your makeup in a clean cosmetic bag!
Do clean your makeup brushes often with a brush cleanser or a light shampoo!
Do blend your eye shadows when wearing more than one color!

Don’t use expired makeup or skincare products!
Don’t wear black liner on your lips with a light lip color!
Don’t put lipstick or gloss on dry cracked lips (exfoliate & moisturize)
Don’t spend a lot of money on name brand makeup if you are a beginner wearing it!


Stay tuned for your next round of Glam101…..