Jamaican Lifestyle: Transitioning from Beauty magazines to beauty blogs

Marie Claire

Marie Claire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can you remember when you were younger walking into stores and scanning through all the beauty magazines? Did you used to have a stash of beauty magazines in your room? This is a common practice among women. It is almost an essential item in our own private stash; that of having a beauty magazine tucked away. This is how we learnt how to put on makeup, find out what clothing, fashion and styles are in season along with how to style our hair.

There are so many of these magazines and each having millions of subscribers and readers. Many carry popular movie stars, celebrities and sports athletes on their cover. This is for the reason that young impressible girls are always following the trends that they sell and it is a way of selling their beauty magazine and widening the viewership.

Some of the more popular and high-ranking magazines include Allure, Marie Claire,

Glamour (magazine)

Glamour (magazine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cosmopolitan, Elle,    Glamour, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, Self, Shape, Vogue and Woman’s Day. Allure is high on the list and has thousands of subscribers to its beauty magazine. It was started in New York by Linda Wells, in 1991; she is still in charge of the company and is the editor in chief.  Her magazine is well-respected and hailed as being witty, intelligent and an innovator. They even have a yearly anticipated best in beauty award where the best of hair-care, skin-care, and makeup products are identified.

With technology we now have access to tons of beauty bogs. There are blogs for every aspect of the fashion and beauty world. You will have age, gender, culture and fashion blogs. Some of the more popular beauty bogs include BellaSugar, Hair Apparent, Splendora Blog, Outblush, Product Girl, We Love Beauty, The Makeup Girl, Jolie Nadine, 55 Secret Street and Makeup Minute rounding off the list.


Why Should We Deep Condition Our Hair?


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Deep conditioning (DC) is important to maintaining healthy and happy hair – natural or relaxed. If performed on a regular basis, this treatment helps our hair retain moisture and protects it “deep” within the fiber to support the hair until the next treatment. The protective action of regular conditioners last only a few days. Therefore, more dedicated and regular DC efforts are needed, states Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, author of the The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.

I apply DC treatments to my hair at least twice per month using one of my DIY concoctions*. If you are experiencing extremely dry or damaged hair, this treatment is suggested once a week until your hair regains its strength. After that point, frequency is based on personal preference. After a treatment, I can immediately notice how soft and moisturized my hair feels. My curls and coils are more defined and the elasticity is amazing!

I rarely (if ever) use heat on my hair except when deep conditioning. I like the Thermal Spa Conditioning Heat Cap. It was recommended by another Natural and I’ve used it for about 2 years. There are three heat settings but I find the lowest setting works well for me. Although heated treatments are effective, the natural warmth from our scalp and bodies is just as effective.

Thermal Spa Conditioning Heat Cap

Below is my typical DC routine. I make minor adjustments as needed but basically this is one key element to how I maintain soft, moisturized and manageable hair.

My DC Routine

  • After shampooing, I apply the conditioner to my hair in small sections ensuring full coverage (much like applying a relaxer). I pay special attention to the ends. This is the oldest part of our hair and requires extra care
  • I detangle with my fingers as I go along and make 6-8 chunky twists. This method keeps my hair from re-tangling during the rinsing phase
  • I cover with a processing cap and sit with a heating cap for 30 minutes. Tip:  DCs should be left on until the hair becomes soft. This could be 15 minutes or 40 minutes. Adjust the timing according to your hair’s needs
  • I allow my hair to cool prior to rinsing
  • While still wearing the twists, I rinse thoroughly with cool water. This ensures the cuticles close properly.

Read more via Why Should We Deep Condition Our Hair? | Aim 4 Natural.

Jamaican Poets: I AM

I AM, I exist…until, I AM no more.- Poetess Denise Fyffe


Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe

Jamaican Poets: I am MORE

I am more than you can ever imagine. With Him the possibilities are endless. My purpose is yet unfulfilled, hence I gave even greater things, that lie within. I am MORE..- Poetess Denise Fyffe

Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe

Jamaican Poetry: From Dusk till Dawn

Its Dusk,
Heart beats
Memories rise
Tears race
Sounds fall like fire;
Its Dawn
Tears dried
Memories subside
The heart, barely
Survives.-Poetess Denise Fyffe

Jamaican Poetry : Pained to tears

I hide my pain even from myself, until a tear escapes and so follows the rest.- Poetess Denise Fyffe

Jamaican Poetry: My Black Story

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2017, Denise N. Fyffe

I stand in my skin

And I ponder within
Of my history
Of my story.
The foundation of me
Which I forget so easily
Of my history
Of my story.

Those who struggled

Those who fought for my freedom
For our freedom.

Now it is all about the money and bling,
And the Lexus and Bims.

I have forgotten my history
I have forgotten my story.
The foundation of me,
I have forgotten so easily,
I have forgotten my story.

The strength of my thighs

The confidence in my eyes,
This is a story,
Of my history.
The length and strength of my hair,
Wool, beaded, corn-rowed;
Do I care?
About this story,
About my history.

The strength of my shoulders,
The strong muscles in my back,
This is a story,
Of my history.
The pride in my eyes,
When my baby son cries,
And he grows to know me,
He grows to show me.

The access to education,

To be the future of my nation
This is a story,
Of my history.
To stand strong,
To be a doctor, teacher or parliamentarian;
This is a story of struggle,
In my history.

I stand in my skin
And I ponder within
Of my history
Of my story.
The foundation of me
Which I forget so easily
Of my history
Of my black story.