• Ann Krause


Did you notice the theme happening here? If not, check out my prior post where I talk about the foods that help with hair health.


When it comes to healthy skin, I will admit that I haven't always placed enough importance on the matter. I spent much of my early-mid 20's using tanning beds to try and build a "healthy base tan". My use of an actual skin care routine at the same time could be called sporadic at best. I used to think that I would like to age naturally and thought that I would never do any of those anti-aging procedures that women older than me did. Clearly, that was before I noticed my first wrinkle.


⁠⁠Today, in addition to utilizing the help of an esthetician/dermatologist and using a handful of quality skin care products daily, I also like to remind myself of the foods that promote healthy skin every once in awhile to make sure that I am incorporating some of these items in my meals regularly.⁠⁠



Here we go!⁠⁠

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The Healthy skin list;⁠⁠

Fatty Fish⁠⁠

Avocados⁠⁠

Walnuts⁠⁠

Sunflower seeds⁠⁠

Sweet Potatoes⁠⁠

Red or Yellow Bell Peppers⁠⁠

Broccolli⁠⁠

Tomatoes⁠⁠

Soy⁠⁠

Dark Chocolate⁠⁠

Green tea⁠⁠

Red grapes⁠⁠

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Funny how much overlap there is between this and the healthy hair list, right?⁠⁠


Happy grocery shopping!

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  • Ann Krause

I'll admit, sometimes I think I could do a better job of making healthy choices. ⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ Sure, I live a fairly active life, I like to go for long walks or bike rides just for fun, and I put some thought into eating a variety of healthy foods.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ But I have my weaknesses, like white chocolate mochas from Starbucks, over indulging in desserts, and having the habit of ending the day with a glass of wine (or 3) a few times a week- especially this last winter!⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ So I've decided to do a little research and also remind myself of the foods that contain the necessary nutrients to promote and improve hair health.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ I like to remind myself of these foods every once in awhile to make sure that I am including some of these items in every grocery store run.⁠⁠ ⁠⁠

Here we go!⁠⁠ ⁠⁠ The Healthy hair list;⁠⁠ Eggs⁠⁠ Berries⁠⁠ Spinach ⁠⁠ Fatty Fish⁠⁠ Sweet Potatoes⁠⁠ Avocados⁠⁠ Nuts⁠⁠ Seeds⁠⁠ Sweet Peppers⁠⁠ Oysters⁠⁠ Shrimp⁠⁠ Beans⁠⁠ Soybeans⁠⁠

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Do you ever finished getting dressed, only to fuss around with your hair because you're feeling uninspired- or worse yet; your hair is misbehaving and you just don't know what to do with it? I used to have days like this, even after becoming a hairstylist. Now, I like to make sure that I always have 3 go-to hairstyles that I can quickly choose from, and the fun thing is that you can totally change these with the seasons.

For example; my bun of choice last summer was a low chignon with loose waves around my face, now it's a sleek high bun tightly twisted into a higher shape with some small pieces smoothed down at my temples.


I hope that you find this concept and general ideas inspiring. The ideas are just that; general. For example, when I talk about a bun, your favorite version can be anything. My goal is for you to have a plan that will save you time because you know exactly how to achieve your end goal, you know how long it's going to take, and you can choose quickly between the three. Think of this like having three favorite pieces of clothing that make you feel amazing whenever you wear them!


This season it's all about simple and effortless looks like these...

Style #1. Beautiful Texture

Right now it's all about waves so loose that keep people guessing if it's your natural texture. You might get a couple of days out of this style (when secured on top of your head while sleeping), and when that's over you still have the perfect foundation for looks 2 & 3.

New things to try:

Use dry shampoo right from the beginning to add volume and a defense against oiliness.

Give yourself a looser wave than we have been in the past few years by increasing your iron size by 1/4" and also tugging your hair straight while still hot to prevent it from waving too tightly.

You can even try pressing an "S" wave into your locks with a flat iron.


Style #2. Elevated Pony

This is a great look on day 2. You can work with the texture you have already created and there's no need to redo it.

Here's some ways to make your pony special:

Loosen the hair on top of your head by pinching and pulling pieces upward. This will give instant volume and texture and make your face look more narrow.

Tease the fullest part of the pony to make your hair even thicker.

Use a fancy hair tie or gold cuff, or scarf.

OR- Touch up the edges of your already straight hair with your flat iron.

Brush all of your hair into a smooth low pony and accent it with a gold ponytail cuff


Style #3. Tall Bun

This can always be a great choice on day 3 or even 4 since it disguises hair that might be a bit oily. In fact, your natural oils to a point can help in smoothing your hair to the high pony needed to start this look.

New things to try:

Leave the small baby hairs at your temples and in front of the ears down, and flat iron them with a slight c shape/motion of your wrist.

Twist you pony upward for a tall bun shape (about 4 inches) and then fold it downward and twist the remaining hair around the base.

Leave some loose bits free in the back (see above).

Use decorative pins on the back of your head or nestled into the base of the bun for added sparkle.

Leave some loose pieces around your face.

Happy styling!

Ann

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