Say no to shampoo, unplug the dryer, and kiss frizz and bad hair days good-bye. Curly Girl is the surprising bible for those with naturally curly or wavy hair and a desire to celebrate it, from hair guru Lorraine Massey. It's all here: Daily routines for corkscrew, Botticelli, fractal, and wavy curls. Homemade lotions and potions for locking in moisture. Expert tips on caring for African American hair. Fabulous dos for weddings and special occasions. How to trim your hair yourself, step-by-step. (Remember: It's not what you take off; it's what you leave on.) Recommendations for chemical-free products. And so much more: the care, the styling, the products, the remedies, the empowering, pro-curl attitude.
- Ten things to do before you dye
- You are what you eat--and so are your curls
- Getting kids to love their curls
- Curly guys
- Lorraine's 12-step recovery program
- And check out Lorraine's video tutorials on YouTube.
Discover the joys of crafting your own unique and personal perfumes. Nancy Booth shows you how to pinpoint your fragrance preferences and design personalized products for both body and home. Learn how to use herbs, essential oils, natural plant extracts, and alcohol to create one-of-a-kind perfumes, sprays, colognes, and potpourris that not only smell great, but are free of harsh chemicals. With helpful tips on storing, packaging, and even marketing your products, you'll be inspired to explore the aromatic world of homemade fragrance.
This natural skin care program is designed around the principle that the face reveals what the body feels. It incorporates whole body healing to prevent and counteract signs of aging without surgery or harsh chemicals and at no cost. Derived from massage, aromatherapy, acupressure, and traditional Chinese healing arts, these gentle techniques produce a more youthful face and lead to a healthier lifestyle. The book describes the layers of the skin and its function as one of the body s major organs, and shows how to use touch and massage on the facial pressure points to improve the appearance of the skin and the health of the other organs. The simple techniques take just minutes to do and are easy to include in regular morning routines like putting on makeup or shaving. Breathing exercises, routines for specific problems, and affirmations to rid the body and mind of toxins round out the book."
Discover the fragrant world of essential oils. Herbalist Colleen K. Dodt profiles the healing and cleaning powers of dozens of oils extracted from herbs, flowers, roots, barks, and resins. This comprehensive guide includes recipes for natural cleaning products, lotions, and ointments that will keep you feeling happy and smelling great. Fill your days with stimulating scents as you learn to use essential oils to wash your dishes, soothe sunburns, combat stress, and improve the quality of your life.
- Makes a wonderful birthday, graduation or "just because" gift for any beautiful person in your life.
- Includes beautifully illustrated pages and recipes for nutritious inspiration.
This is the perfect book for creating and applying henna and temporary tattoos. Versatile, customizable and suitable for any occasion, learn how to create these stylish tattoos at home.Henna and temporary tattoo expert Pavan Ahluwalia is here to guide you through everything you need to know about selecting your tattoo, from choosing or creating the design, altering the size, to applying it to your body. With designs ranging from larger statement pieces for necklines and legs to smaller, discreet patterns for arms, wrists and fingers, this will appeal to anyone, from age 7 to 70. There will also be components that can be added together to create a customized design, and tips on how to add jewels and other 3D embellishments. Pavan will show you how to create henna tattoos at home, or simply transfer short-term designs with a printer or tracing paper. Whether for a festival, a birthday party, or just for fun, this exciting book will have you sleeved up with fake ink in no time.
The author of Skin Cleanse returns with a comprehensive guide to the ultimate ingredient for living an all-natural, plant-based lifestyle: essential oils.
For millennia, essential oils have played a key role in health and beauty rituals. From references in the Bible (frankincense and myrrh) to Hippocrates (who documented the effects of oils from over 300 plants) to Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra pioneered the use of fragrance), essential oils have been revered throughout human history for their healing powers and their unparalleled scent.
But in modern times, they've often been misunderstood, underappreciated, even cast as "dangerous"--and relegated to the dusty shelves of health food stores. That is, until recently. Today they're back in the spotlight as increasing numbers of consumers are looking for all-natural alternatives to skincare products and opting for fragrance-free detergents and soaps, natural remedies for common ailments, and toxin-free home cleaning solutions.
Enter Adina Grigore, owner and founder of the wildly popular all-natural skincare line SW Basics. A former essential oil skeptic, Grigore learned everything she could about these potent plant-based compounds when she began formulating her products. And what she learned was that essential oils are some of the most powerful, healing, health-promoting compounds found in nature. That, and they smell pretty great too.
In Just the Essentials, Grigore offers a 21st-century guide to these ancient oils, offering a fresh, fun, and authoritative overview of what they are and how they can be easily incorporated into anyone's life. From plant-based medicine to all-natural skincare to safer and cleaner household products to aromatherapy, this handy and entertaining guide provides detailed advice for a wide array of oils, safety guidelines, and a range of do-it-yourself recipes to get started. Inside you'll discover such fun facts as:
- Tea tree oil is a powerful antibacterial that is proven to be as effective for treating acne as benzoyl peroxide; it also kills oral bacteria and is a life-saver for tooth infections.
- Cinnamon oil is a circulation-booster that helps to ease everyday aches and pains as well as headaches (even migraines).
- Peppermint oil is brimming with antimicrobial properties; peppermint oil can be used for everything from alleviating digestive problems to cleaning your kitchen counters.
With lists of the best oils for beginners; instructions for diffusing and safe handling; and DIY recipes from dish soap to toothpaste to facial masks, Just the Essentials makes it easy and enjoyable to reap the many benefits of these pure plant extracts.
The first book of its kind: a definitive guide to the world of perfume
Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez are experts in the world of scent. Turin, a renowned scientist, and Sanchez, a longtime perfume critic, have spent years sniffing the world s most elegant and beautiful as well as some truly terrible perfumes. In "Perfumes: The Guide," they combine their talents and experience to review more than twelve hundred fragrances, separating the divine from the good from the monumentally awful. Through witty, irreverent, and illuminating prose, the reviews in "Perfumes" not only provide consumers with an essential guide to shopping for fragrance, but also make for a unique reading experience.
"Perfumes" features introductions to women s and men s fragrances and an informative frequently asked questions section including:
What is the difference between eau de toilette and perfume?
How long can I keep perfume before it goes bad?
What s better: splash bottles or spray atomizers?
What are perfumes made of?
Should I change my fragrance each season?
"Perfumes: The Guide" is an authoritative, one-of-a-kind book that will do for fragrance what Robert Parker s books have done for wine. Beautifully designed and elegantly illustrated, this book will be the perfect gift for collectors and anyone who s ever had an interest in the fascinating subject of perfume.
Read Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez's posts on the Penguin Blog."
Ask a woman about her hair, and she just might tell you the story of her life. Ask a whole bunch of women about their hair, and you could get a history of the world. Surprising, insightful, frequently funny, and always forthright, the essays in Me, My Hair, and I are reflections and revelations about every aspect of women's lives from family, race, religion, and motherhood to culture, health, politics, and sexuality.They take place in African American kitchens, at Hindu Bengali weddings, and inside Hasidic Jewish homes. The conversation is intimate and global at once. Layered into these reminiscences are tributes to influences throughout history: Jackie Kennedy, Lena Horne, Farrah Fawcett, the Grateful Dead, and Botticelli's Venus. The long and the short of it is that our hair is our glory--and our nemesis, our history, our self-esteem, our joy, our mortality. Every woman knows that many things in life matter more than hair, but few bring as much pleasure as a really great hairdo. "A terrific read for those of us who obsess about our hair. Or those who live with those of us who do. A collection that's, I dare say, a cut above the rest." --Mary Morris, author of The Jazz Palace
From Nina Garcia--fashion judge on Bravo's hit Project Runway and the New York Times bestselling author of Style Strategy--comes The One Hundred, the companion edition to her wildly popular The Little Black Book of Style. A must-own list of all the items every fashion-conscious woman should have as a solid, stylish foundation, The One Hundred features gorgeous illustrations by Ruben Toledo.