March 19, 2017

Rock your Posture

When it comes to looking your best, a small change can often make a huge difference. Correct posture is of utmost importance when you want to look good and manifest self-assurance to the rest of the world. If you want to rock your look then start with good posture.

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(BRITTAN TAYLOR & MAGGIE O’BRIEN ABOVE)

Standing up straight projects a strong sense of self. It gives you an exquisite appearance. It is also sexy to have good posture. People with great posture are the kind of people others want to be around — and want to be.
If you slouch, stop. Get into the habit of walking erect, as if a string is pulling your head from the top. It might be tough, or feel strange or uncomfortable at first. But soon your body will adjust.

The truth is, poor posture can lead to problems down the road. Slouching can create a rounded back and shoulders, and lead to long-term pain and degradation of connective tissue through misalignment of the vertebrae and the interspersed necessary vertebral disks. A rounded back projects low self-esteem, as well as poor physical health and fitness. It also makes one look old.

Example of the way a person can look when the posture is poor.

Example of the way a person can look when the posture is poor.

I have a young friend who hunches over, which makes her come off as if she is withdrawn and tired, and lacking in self-worth. It makes her stomach pouch out. Standing tall — a small change — would make a huge difference in her overall appearance.

Good posture will help you ooze confidence and youth. In addition, it helps with proper breathing, improves circulation, instantly slims you, enhances the health of your spine and eases your muscles and joints. Plus, it totally changes your frame of mind. When I stand tall, I feel like I can take on the world. So I strut my stuff.

Look at yourself in a full-length mirror, or in the reflection of a window as you walk down the street. Now, pull your shoulders back. Make a conscious effort to stand and sit straight. It may take some time, but you will eventually have strong, correct posture that make you look and feel healthy, happy and confident.

Just take a look at any of the celebrities on the red carpet and you will notice how they project themselves with good posture.

And that my, friends, is beautiful.

Donna Spangler "Good posture will always convey a positive image"

Donna Spangler “Good posture will always convey a positive image”

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January 6, 2017

Elizabeth Colen’s Upper Body Workout

Today on Your Carolina with Jack and Megan, Elizabeth Colen showed us how to do an Upper body workout for Chest and Back…

Chest Press
Stand with legs hips width apart. Place band bend back, wrap band around hand and place palms down. Arms should be up like on a bookshelf. Press hand out touch thumbs and hold for 3 seconds, bring arms back to starting point (squeeze shoulder blades together)

Recommend
3 sets 5-20 reps

Shoulder Rise
Stand with legs hips width apart. Place band bend back, wrap band around hand and place palms down. Arms should be up like on a bookshelf but palms facing forward. Press arm up, touch thumbs and hold for 3 seconds, bring arms back to starting point

Recommend
3 sets 5-20 reps

Triceps
Stand with legs hips width apart. Place band bend back, wrap band around hand and place palms down. Arms above head palms touch, bend at elbow bring arms back to starting point (keep elbows close to your ears)

Recommend
3 sets 5-20 reps

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(Photo: previously on Your Carolina)

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December 13, 2016

Heat Up Your New Year’s Eve Look With BlinkBar

BlinkBar (www.theblinkbar.com), located in the heart of Los Angeles on Melrose, is your one stop shop for perfect eyelashes for that sultry New Year’s Eve look! Add volume for a natural and stunning look so you can say it with your eyes all night long. Some celebrities who swear by their services include Chrissy Teigen, Renee Zellweger, Selena Gomez, Kylie Jenner, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Whitney Port and more!

With over 300 types of eyelashes at their fingertips, BlinkBar can customize your personal style better than anyone else. Blinkbar was voted the best natural mink and silk eyelash extensions in Los Angeles and have two locations in the area – Blinkbar Santa Monica and Blinkbar West Hollywood.

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November 29, 2016

Donna’s List of Natural Beauty Concoctions for Face & Hair

As many of you know, I use natural remedies on a regular basis and have shared some of them before but I thought I would share many of them in a list.

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I like to start out with an exfoliant.bowl-with-baking-soda-paste

Do you want to get your skin as smooth as a baby’s bottom? Nothing polishes the face better than the fine granules that baking soda is made of. I love to use this simple and inexpensive home remedy to smooth the skin, especially on the face. It’s quick and easy.donna-baking-soda-scrub

putting the baking soda paste on in a circular motion
It also travels well, dry in a sealed plastic baggy.

First, take a scoop of baking soda and add a small amount of water just enough to make a paste. Then, take the paste and put it on your face rubbing in a circular motion. Cover the whole face and stop when you feel that your face is fully cleaned and polished.

Lastly, run warm water and rinse. Make sure you get all the granules off.

Your skin will feel smooth and polished

Another natural exfoliant is honey. I keep a container in my bathroom so I can use it to wash my face when I take a bath or shower. It takes off the dirt and is a natural antibacterial. It does not strip the skin of natural oils and balances the skin. Even if the honey has started to turn more coarse and sugary I use it as it has a great exfoliant texture. In addition ,it is inexpensive!

 

Below are other options:

Banana oatmeal skin exfoliant
mash a banana with a small amount of oatmeal
blend well and apply to face for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water

Banana Peal acne relief
use the peal of a ripe yellow or yellow/ brown banana
put the inside part of the peal to the face where you have acne problem
rub over area for about 10 minutes till inside turns brown
leave it on an do not wash off for about one hour till you go to bed
you can however leave it on overnight
repeat daily until redness goes away.

Tomato Facial
cut a tomato in half and rub the half all over the face in a circular motion
rinse with warm water and moisturize

For a sunburn
tomato juice and /buttermilk delight
2 parts tomato juice and 4 parts buttermilk
mix together then put on sunburn let it stand for 30-40 minutes rinse

Facial MASKS

Sweet Banana Yogurt Mask
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Sweet Strawberry Honey Mask
3-4 small mashed strawberries
2tbl yogurt
1-2tbl honey
Combine ingredients put on face for 20minutes and rinse with warm water

Sweet Blueberry nourishing mask
1/4 cup Blueberries
1tbl honey
1tsp olive oil
mash berries add honey and oil and put on for 10 minutes rinse off with warm water

Hair Remedies

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Vinegar rinse-
wash hair and rinse with 1/3 cup vinegar and ? cool water

Rich Avocado treat
mash and avocado and add 1/2 cup olive oil blend well
apply the mixture to your hair wrap up in a towel for 20-30 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Deep conditioning Cucumber
1 egg
1/3 cucumber blended
1/4 cup almond oil
mix above ingredients well and apply to the hair for 20-30 minutes and rinse well with warm water

Healthy Hair Beer Rinse
take any type of beer at room temperature and rinse it onto your hair after it has been cleaned. Leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes and rinse well so there is no beer smell. It will leave the hair shiny and healthy looking.

Honey Avocado Hair repair
2tb honey
one egg yolk
2tbl olive oil
mix ingredients and slather over the hair let stand for 20-30 minutes then rinse with cool water

Overnight Coconut oil treatment
put on the coconut oil on scalp and hair before bed. Wrap up Wash it out in the morning.
This treatment can be done a few times a week.

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November 25, 2016

Confidence is Key

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Recently I attended a networking event called, “LipStick Mania Business Social” and the topic was about image. I was expecting the regular spiels about hair, make up, and clothes. To my surprise the speaker, Marjory Brifil spoke of inner image which I am all about. I believe that image is tied to your self-esteem and it has to come from within. She spoke of four topics I want to share with you.

Self-Awareness – The word says it all, aware of one’s self, including one’s traits, feelings, and behaviors. It is important to know thyself. Know your strengths and your weakness. If you are not sure of your strengths and weaknesses here is a little exercise you can do. Take a blank piece of paper and draw a line down the center on the right side write the word strength on the left side of the line write the word weakness. Then write at least things on 10 on each side.

Self-Care – Taking care of yourself is so important, yet we rarely do it on a regular basis. Women we put everyone in front of ourselves. Taking care of one’s self is a deliberate action you take to care for your physical, mental and emotional health. Make an appointment with yourself to do just that, read a book, exercise, or meditate, whatever you need to do to safeguard your well-being body, mind and spirt.

Passion – The definition of passion is a strong and barely controllable emotion. If you are not sure what your passion is, just think back to when you were a child. What did you like to do when you were little? What did you want to be when you grew up? Reconnect to what you loved and be passionate about it, may it be your business, your family or even your friends.

Enthusiast – Embrace your enthusiasm, don’t hold back because you fear judgement from others. When you do something enthusiastically, you do it with excitement and eagerness and when you are genuine others will feel your excitement and join in with you.
When you truly connect with these 4 things, your outer image will be vibrant and no one can resist you, people will be drawn to you and that will be beneficial to you and your business.

Get more information about Elizabeth Colen, confidence and conditioning coach on http://www.msfitone.com. Fit Mind, Body and Spirit

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November 21, 2016

Rock that Holiday Look

Think costume theatrical. The classic theme for the holidays is festive, so it’s a great time to dress up and celebrate. Be daring, and have fun with colors and makeup.

Choose sparkling, bright sequin dresses in reds, pinks, silvers, greens and blues. I found a great pink sequin dress that I only paid $10 for at a discount store. I kept it in my closet just so I could wear it during the holiday season.

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If you are more conservative, classic black always provides a classic, subtle and polished look.

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Donna Spangler in black sequin dress

Either way, the key to rocking any dress is making sure it fits properly. It should be tight enough to show off your assets — yet not so tight as to pull or make you look like a stuffed sausage.

Your makeup should be complimentary, with a strong emphasis on the eyes, especially for an evening event. Always apply eyeliner and mascara; you can even add some shimmer or sparkles.

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Just remember to blend and keep both sides symmetrical. Play around with your lips. I always choose a darker color with a light color over the lips, especially if you opt for a dramatic look on the eyes.

Above all, have fun! And happy holidays!

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November 18, 2016

It’s a Glam Thing’s September Surprise Beauty Box Winner is….

Congratulations Patricia E. of Asheboro, NC. You are the lucky winner of It’s a Glam Thing’s August Surprise Beauty Box. Your gifts will be arriving shortly and we hope you enjoy your beauty products from the following companies:
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Dove Deodorant

Bando Desk Accessory Set valued at $100         www.Bando.com 
pura’dor Scalp Therapy Shampoo                        www.purador.com
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Ahava Dead Sea Scrub                                            www.ahava.com
Gerard Cosmetics  Lipstick                                    www.Gerardcosmetics.com
Miss Spa Oxegenating Bubble Mask                    www.missspa.com
Ulta Lavender woods lotion                                  www.ulta.com
Out of Africa Hand Lotion                                     www.outofafricashea.com
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October 12, 2016

Watch ABC tonight at 7-8PM “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence” Celebrating Everyday Heroes

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Did you know that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month? Please tune in and watch this one-hour special  “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence” on ABC Action News this evening. Three Hands Across the Bay “SUR-THRIVERS” will be featured on the show tonight!!  It is from 7:00pm-8:00pm on ABC Action News-WFTS.
If you will not be home to watch, you can stream it LIVE on www.abcactionnews.com or from the ABC Action News MOBILE APP!
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October 4, 2016

Go Bananas Over Bananas

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It’s no surprise that bananas are a fruit favorite around the world, packed with nutrients and antioxidants, rich in fiber and low in fat, they are little powerhouses of good nutrition. In our never-ending quest to stay healthy without sacrificing our taste buds, bananas are a clear go-to and they are quite versatile. Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O. a highly accredited New York City anti-aging and stem cell specialist, and long-time nutrition advisor to the New York Rangers hockey team explains, “Bananas are packed with health benefits throughout every stage of their lives, from green to fully ripe. As the banana ripens some of these health benefits change, making it a rare fruit that is enjoyable in many forms.”

Typically when we think of bananas we think of a lunch-box addition or a quick on-the-go snack, more so than a cooking staple? Here are 5 healthy ways to incorporate bananas into your meals and the health benefits of each.

When they’re green…

Fill Up on Mashed Plantains.

Green bananas are often referred to as plantains, they are not sweet like ripe bananas and they contain most of their fiber in the form of resistant starch. “Plantains are rich in starches that regulate appetite,” says Dr. Calapai. “Resistant starch may even slow stomach emptying, making you feel full longer and thus reducing the urge to eat sooner after a meal.”

Bonus! Mashed plantains could not be easier to whip up. Simply peel and cut the green plantains into chunks and boil in a full pot of water for 20-30 minutes or until tender, then mash with a fork until they achieve the consistency of mashed potatoes. Sautee garlic and onions in olive oil and add to the plantains along with salt and pepper and any other seasonings you enjoy. You can serve the dish with fish, chicken or meat, sprinkle with bacon bits or eat plain.

Satisfy your craving for something salty, crunchy with plantain chips.

“All bananas, green, ripe or in between are very low in calories, about 105 per fruit” explains Calapai “So you can get away with frying them in your choice of light, heart-healthy oil.” Plantain chips are a great snack or side dish and are also incredibly simple to whip up. Peel the plantain completely and cut off about half an inch on both ends, then thinly slice the rest of the plantain into chips. When the oil is piping hot fry your chips until golden and salt to taste. Voila!

When they’re semi-ripe…

Eat “Maduros” for younger, healthy skin. 

“Maduro” (pronounced mah-doo-row) means “ripe” in Spanish and it’s what Latin Americans call this tasty plantain dish. You can eat plantains this way once they are very yellow and spotted, or have turned fully black. Simply peel, cut into thick diagonal slices and deep fry until golden brown in heart-healthy oil. Bonus! “Bananas at any stage of ripeness are very rich in Vitamin C, an antioxidant also known as called ascorbic acid,” says board certified dermatologist Dr. Kally Papantoniou. “Vitamin C assists in collagen production, which keeps your skin healthy and also blocks free-radical damage which is believed to potentially contribute to the aging process.”

When they’re ripe…

Manage blood sugar with a banana smoothie.

This one takes five minutes and a blender. Cut up two nice yellow, ready to eat bananas into chunks, add milk or yogurt of your preferred variety, some ice, and blend until thick! “Bananas have shown by studies to possibly regulate blood sugar as they are very moderate in the glycemic index, meaning they don’t cause dangerous spikes to your blood sugar levels,” says Dr. Calapai “Having a good banana smoothie for breakfast or as an afternoon snack, as opposed to high-sugar options make sure you are balanced throughout the day.”

Amp up the flavor!

If simply eating a banana starts to get boring amp up the flavor with a healthy pairing. Cut up your banana into chunks and add a healthy spoonful of peanut butter, sprinkle with some almonds or cinnamon, or mix with some dark chocolate chunks!

Bananas are a great, affordable way to add some goodness into your meal plan. Enjoy!

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July 14, 2016

Having the Appearance of Great Hair

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Keep your hair looking good

It has been said that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory and I agree. Hair is VITAL for a female. Thick, long healthy hair exemplifies youth. The length and style signify clues to your age, health and overall attractiveness. The key to hair is to try and make it appear as healthy as possible. This can be accomplished by taking the proper vitamins, proper conditioning and regular trims and covering any grays.  Also a deep conditioning monthly is recommended especially in summer months.

Internally is where you must start to build great hair. A vitamin such as Biosil will benefit your hair, skin and nails.  Christy Brinkley recommends this product and I have followed in her steps.

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It is said to promote healthy bones and joints as a side bar plus. I also eat jello which has a lot of protein.

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synthetic curly clip on hair extensions.

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Bad hair can be a huge detriment to a woman’s look. If your hair is less than healthy looking, you can add extensions, wig lets or a wig. A lot of celebrities and models utilize these options. When I go on stage, I love extensions that clip in. I even have wigs when I want dramatically different looks. Clip on extensions are fairly easy to put on. You need to match the color as close as possible. Start at the bottom of your head and clip in the first row of hair. make another row an inch or two above that from one end of your ear to the other and clip in another row as so on. the last row should be put on top but having enough hair on top so that you are unable to see the extension. If you need side extensions you can attach those as well for desired styles. After that brush lightly at ends and style with your fingers. Extensions give length and or volume. I am not a fan of permanent extensions as i feel that they ultimately damage the hair. The clip ins should be taken out before you go to bed. Wig lets can be clipped on also as well as pony tails. The key is to blend your natural hair into the style. If you wear a wig this is not necessary. Get a wig cap, some bobby pins and place the wig cap on. When it is secured place the wig on your head. Secure the wig to your head and you are good to go. Make sure none of your natural hair is poking out.

It is important that all the frizz is taken out to seal the hair. This can be done in sections or only the places that need it.

It is important that all the frizz is taken out to seal the hair. This can be done in sections or only the places that need it.

Flat irons and curling irons can create dramatically different looks. Curls tend to be viewed as very feminine. The flat iron can make hair smooth and take away frizz. I find that when I get a blow out I can then do either curls or smooth depending on the look I’m attempting to attain.
If you wear hair spray, make sure it is light and doesn’t stick in place. Too much hair spray is often associated with old ladies and it’s just wrong. Stiff hair that doesn’t move isn’t attractive.
Long hair is sexy and can help you look more glamorous. Short hair works for some people, but make sure it is not too short. The finer your features and the thinner and younger you are, the easier it is to pull off short styles. If you are overweight — don’t go too short.
Now let’s delve into hair color and roots. In life we have to brush our teeth, floss, shave, clean ourselves, etc., and when someone lacks the motivation to do these things, they start to deteriorate their self-presentation. Keeping up with your hair is the same thing. There is nothing worse than a girl with roots. Not only do long dark roots look cheap, but they convey a lazy attitude and lack of interest in presenting one’s self in the best way possible.

Some hair issues are harder to take care of than others. Hair color is important and can affect your beauty routine depending on how much maintenance it requires. Remember if you choose a color that is difficult to maintain, it could wreak havoc on your hair if it has to be done too often. Damaged hair is not attractive.

Curly hair can be especially hard to deal with, and this one I know firsthand! It can get frizzy and look unkempt depending on the weather and texture of your hair. Curly hair needs lots of conditioning.

Great over-the-counter products:
Moroccan Oil
Kerastase Bain Satin Shampoo (1, 2 or 3)
J.F. Lazartique Vita-Cream with Milk Proteins
Fekkai’s Serum
Bumble and Bumble Big Shine Serum
Redken All Soft Heavy Cream
Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil
Palvin-Bid Capillary Mask Deep Conditioner and Reconstructor
AG Ultramoist Treatment
Joico Moisture Recovery Intense Treatment

Home remedies for great hair are wonderful. You will find many examples in my chapter specifically devoted to practical applications using items you have in your home. Healthy smooth hair is a sign of beauty. It is important to protect it through good diet , vitamins if necessary and regular conditioning treatments. It is not necessary to wash your hair every day. I usually go a week without washing my hair, but if your hair gets greasy fast then of coarse you may not be able to go that long. If your hair is curly then it will need extra care as it can get frizzy and dry. If it is color treated then it will also need more conditioning especially if it is bleached. I recommend deep conditioning treatments whenever your hair needs it. Here are some home remedies that you can use for your hair. Washing your hair- If your hair is very dirty you can add baking soda to your shampoo. If you want to go chemical free then you can make a paste out of baking soda and massage it into your head or you can get a cup of water and put one table spoon baking soda and stir then massage that into your head to clean it. After that rinse and put 2 tablespoons spoons of apple cider vinegar to one cup warm water and let it sit for a few minutes. After that rinse.
It is important to comb hair gently with a wide tooth comb. You do not want to yank it. The hair should be combed at the ends and work your way up to detangle after washed.

Rinses-
Beer
vinegar
Hair Masks conditioning treatment-
avocado
olive oil
eggs
almond oil
coconut oil

I keep my hair on the longer side so that it does not kink up. After a good wash, always comb your hair right away. If you put product in it and work it through with your head upside down and scrunch it with your hands it can make nice natural curls. Do not brush it. For smooth styles it pays to go to a blow dry bar. I can leave my hair for a week with a professional blow dry. The other option is Brazilian Blow out. My friend actress business woman Esther Marie is always on the go and loves this option. It makes her hair smooth and shiny. She says its easy to maintain.

Esther Marie with the Brazilian Blow out

Esther Marie with the Brazilian Blow out

If your hair is wavy or straight, a professional blow out can be nice to put body in the places that you want it. Blow dry bars have become very popular. They specialize in blow drying and styling hair, are much more cost effective than full service salons and offer great service. Their employees are quite skilled at doing a great job. As a rule a person cant do as good of a job on their own hair than these people can. The hair comes out smooth and nice and tends to stay that way unless it gets wet. If you aren’t going in for a cut or color but just want a stunning style, opt for a blow dry bar!

Sometimes getting your hair done professionally is not an option so use these tips for the best blow out you can give yourself.
When blow drying your own hair, spray on a heat protector first. If you have curly hair you will need to put some tension on the brush and make sure the hair is completely dry so it does not frizz up! Section off the hair and dry each piece separately until the whole head is dry.

Donna’s Diaries- My hair is naturally curly so it takes some work to make it behave and keep it properly conditioned. I really like to spend my money on my hair including professional deep conditioning at a salon but you can do this yourself at home also.

Styles

It is important to have a style that suits your personality, but it should also be current. Since a mane of hair can make all the difference in your look, it is important to make time for regular trims. Sometimes it is fun to try on wigs of various colors and styles to see what looks best on you. I even think it is fun to have wigs to wear on those days that you want a totally different look. Beauty is all about putting things together to make the style and look that best fits you. Don’t make drastic changes! Always experiment slowly. But if you do make a mistake, there are always extensions…

Hair Extensions
There are many different types of hair extensions that can look quite beautiful when added to the natural hair; however, this choice is high maintenance and usually very expensive. The plus side is you can shower with them in and carry on as if they are part of your natural hair. The downside is that it sometimes causes damage to your natural hair. This can result in breaking and potential hair loss.
Professional Falls, Wigs and Clip-ons
Today, we have many choices when it comes to clip-ons and hair pieces, which can create a quite glamorous look when added to our natural hair. I like clip-ons because they are easy and low maintenance. I use them to enhance my natural hair when I want more dramatic styles. They do not damage your hair, so they are essentially risk free. Plus, you can get top notch human hair clip-ons for a reasonable price. If you get synthetic ones they are not expensive and great for occasional use. DO NOT TRY TO CURL THEM WITH A HOT IRON! The manufacturer already has them straight or curled. They will melt if you try.FullSizeRender (3)

Natural hair clip on’s are wonderful but cost much more.  The bottom line is to make sure your hair is as healthy as you can get it to look and if it needs help then move forward with both internal and external choices. Do not ever leave clip ons on constantly. I wear mine for a night or day then remove them so my hair does not get pulled out.

My girlfriend who is a Beauty Queen & actress, Shanna Olson says that she uses these clips for easy styling.

 

Beauty Queen, Shanna Olson

Beauty Queen, Shanna Olson

All of these options will help make your hair look better if utilized properly!

If you have any further questions you can email me below! Thank you Donna Spangler 🙂

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