How to Rock a Neck Tie or Bow Tie

Neck ties and bow ties are often associated with formal events, but you can still rock them for a casual trip to the mall or a get-together with friends. But first, you need to learn the basics of balance, layering, and tying.

Here are tips on how to rick a neck tie or a bow tie for any occasion.

Bow and neck ties are statement pieces. By keeping this in mind, you will remember that using too many other accessories will make you outfit look disorganized. A statement piece means that it is the focal point by which you decide the theme and the elements that go with it. Wear it like you would a necklace.

A balanced look is the key. Like with any statement piece, the background must be less flashy and more basic. That is why if you pick an extravagant neck tie or bow tie with eye-catching colors or designs, your shirt and trousers must have muted colors and patterns. For example, if you’re wearing a brightly-colored neck or bow tie, wear neutral-colored shirts and trousers to avoid looking like a clown.

Know when you can’t wear it. You can wear a neck tie or bow tie at formal events and at the office, but you can pair it with casual outfits as long as it fits the occasion. For example, if you’re going to spend most of the day under the sun, you will look out of place with your bow tie. General rule of thumb: if you can wear a neck tie for that location or event, then you can also wear a bow tie.

Experiment with different fabrics, colors, and patterns. The type of fabric also determines how casual or formal the look can be. More expensive fabrics such as silk and wool are more suited to formal events like weddings, while cotton or linen can be worn casually. Don’t be afraid to try various bow tie shapes and neck tie colors and patterns. There are also some styles that are already pre-tied which are perfect for casual outfits.

Know how to tie them properly. Keep practicing the different ways to tie knots. Some of the most commonly used styles for the neck tie are the classic knot if you’re wearing a spread collar, four in hand if you want a more informal look, and the simple knot for skinny neck ties.

Take note of the length and width. When purchasing a neck tie, make sure to measure the length. You will know that the length is right for you if the tip of the tie ends just about the beltline, not above or below it. There is also a basic rule when it comes to the width of the neck tie. For casual looks or for shirts with narrow collars, always pick narrow ties. If you have a bulkier body, however, pick wider ties and avoid the skinny ones.

Why Do I Have Falling Hair?

It’s normal to see a few hair strands everyday on your brush or comb, but how do you know if you’re losing too much hair and what’s causing the hair loss?

100 Strands a Day

Most individuals normally lose 100 hair strands each day regardless of how healthy the scalp is and the hairstyling practices. To understand why it’s okay to lose hair, you need to know what makes up the hair and the hair growth cycle. A person’s scalp density reduces as he/she grows, although the number of hair follicles will remain the same, because the scalp expands as well. Each strand is made up of two major features, the follicle and the shaft. Two sheaths surround the former, which protects and conditions the hair. The shaft on the other hand, is made up of a protein with three layers which give your hair its color. These will weaken as you age and cause hair fall.

Hair Growth Cycle

The shedding of your hair can be random, but it is based on the hair growth cycle, which is made up of three stages. Anagen is the formation of the hair and the time when your scalp is at its most active for a few years. The catagen phase is the transitional period when the growth stops and the formation of a club hair, when the outer root sheath will shrink and stick to the hair root. The telogen phase is the time when the follicle is at rest and you could lose up to 100 strands per day. If you’re losing more hair than usual, it could be an indication of a scalp or other medical condition.

Reasons for Hair Loss

The following are the causes for rapid hair loss or telogen effluvium:

  1. Excessive hairstyling
  2. Hereditary hair loss
  3. Alopecia areata (autoimmune hair loss)
  4. Physical stress or trauma (from an accident, surgery, or illness)
  5. Pregnancy or hormonal change and imbalance
  6. Scalp conditions (such as psoriasis, dandruff or seborrheic dermatitis, fungal infections, and more)
  7. Too much vitamin A
  8. Vitamin B or B12 deficiency
  9. Protein deficiency
  10. Iron deficiency or anemia

  1. Aging
  2. Sudden weight loss or changes in the diet
  3. Hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism
  4. Lupus
  5. Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  6. Chemotherapy
  7. Side effect of medications such as antidepressants, blood thinners, NSAIDs, birth control, and more

How to Reduce Hair Loss

Sometimes it’s possible to grow back lost hair once the underlying cause is treated and changes are made in the diet and hairstyling habits. Here are some of the things you can do.

  1. Consult a dermatologist to determine the cause of the problem
  2. Change your diet by getting more protein and complex carbohydrates
  3. Take vitamin supplements as recommended by the doctor
  4. Exercise regularly and drink lots of water
  5. Reduce hairstyling and minimize the use of hairstyling products and heating tools
  6. Use mild shampoo and conditioner

5 Ways to Use Castile Soap in Your Beauty Routine

Castile soap has become a staple ingredient for homemade household cleaning products—all for good reasons! It’s eco-friendly, vegan and chemical-free. And because of it’s environmentally safe and organic nature, it has also made its way to our beauty routine.

So, if you have liquid castile soap seating in the kitchen, here are five more ways you can use it for your skin, hair and nails.

1. Facial Cleanser
Keeping a sensitive skin clean can be challenging with traditional drugstore face wash products. Thankfully, you can make your own gentle facial cleanser at home with liquid castile soap. Get a foaming soap dispenser and fill it up with a quarter cup of castile, half a cup of distilled water and a teaspoon each of vegetable glycerine and jojoba oil. Secure the dispenser with its lid, shake gently to mix and use it in the morning and at night.

2. Body Wash
A thorough facial cleanser, castile soap can also be used as a body wash. Create your own peppermint liquid soap with three-fourths cup of castile soap, a quarter cup of vegetable glycerine, a teaspoon of coconut oil and about 10 drops of peppermint oil. With its gentle ingredients, you can use this every day in the shower. Use it with bath sponge for easy lathering.

3. Shaving Aid
In a blender, blend a quarter cup each of castile soap and rose water and two tablespoons of liquified coconut oil. You can also add about five drops of tea tree oil if you like. Store in a pump bottle in the shower. To use as shaving aid, get a pump of the product in your palm, and apply it on the area you want to shave. Then, shave your way to a smooth, soft and well-moisturized skin.

4. Make-Up Brush Cleaner
Remove germs, dead skin cells and build up of products from your make-up brushes. In a regular size mason jar, mix a solution of one tablespoon of castile soap, half a cup of water and 10 drops of tea tree oil. Soak your brushes into the jar and leave them there for 15 minutes. After which, rinse them in cold water and let them dry.

5. Cuticle Softener
Create a homemade solution for your discolored and brittle nails and peeling cuticles with castile soap. All you need is a medium-sized bowl where you can mix half a cup of water, two tablespoons of olive oil, a teaspoon of castile soap and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Stir the mixture until frothy, and then soak your nails for 10 minutes. Discard the solution afterwards, and moisturize your nails and cuticles with jojoba oil.

These are just a few of the many ways you can use liquid castile soap. You can explore and try your own unique combinations, too. Another great thing about castile soap is it blends well with almost any ingredient you’d commonly find in your kitchen.

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Exfoliating Your Skin

If you have sensitive skin, you probably never get attracted to facial scrubs as you might think it can only exacerbate redness. If you’re acne-prone, the more you don’t want to disturb those breakouts, right? Wrong. It turns out that exfoliating can be beneficial to all skin types.

Here, we will tackle the most common questions about exfoliating, so you can find the best routine that will give you youthful and glowing skin.

1. “I have dry skin. Should I exfoliate?”
Yes, you should! In fact, flaky skin inhibits full penetration of your skin care products. Additionally, build up of oil and dirt can clog the pores and cause pimple-like bumps. The ideal way to exfoliate, though, is to use gentle chemical exfoliators or a light face scrub that has super-fine granules. After exfoliating, follow up with hydrating lotion or a thick moisturizer to restore your face’s moisture.

2. “My skin is too sensitive. Will exfoliating exacerbate it?”
Gritty particles are definitely a no-no, but most skin types can benefit from mild facial scrubs with fine exfoliators. Consider products rich in plant or fruit enzymes to gently deep clean the skin. These products offer gentle enzymatic peel with its grained powder that you mix with water. Just make sure not to over exfoliate, or you’ll strip off too much natural oil from your skin.

3. “When should I exfoliate?”
You can exfoliate either in the morning or at night. But if you’re using a scrub with retinol in it, it’s ideal to exfoliate before bed, since your skin is more vulnerable to bacteria as it has shed off a layer. After exfoliating, always remember to apply liberal amount of moisturizer to restore your skin’s moisture.

4. “Can I use my body scrub?”
No. Never use body scrubs on your face as they contain harsher and larger granules, which is specifically designed to exfoliate thicker and tougher skin in the body.

5. “Should I avoid the eye area?”
Some facial scrub, which contain retinol, are specifically formulated for the delicate skin around the eyes. Always read the label to ensure it is safe around your eyes and never use one with coarser granules.

6. “Are all exfoliators the same?”
Exfoliants come in different types. But even so, all helps unveil youthful and more radiant skin. The difference, though, is that manual and chemical exfoliants should be used only once to twice a week, while electronic exfoliants, like Clarisonic, is gentle enough to be used daily.

Regularly exfoliation is good for all skin types—oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin type. The key is to know which kind of exfoliator to use to guarantee best results every time.

5 Beauty Products You’re Wasting Your Money On

Nowadays, we come across new beauty products almost every day, but not all of them are worth spending your money on. You worked hard for every dollar you have, and you deserve something that will give you the most benefits.
To help save your money and use them on more useful and effective products, here are some beauty items to avoid and forget about.

1. Expensive Facial Wash and Cleansers
Cleansers stay on your skin for a short time, so they rarely have much beautifying effects other than removing makeup, dirt and oil—something that any cheap cleanser can do. A more useful investment: an electronic cleansing brush. This battery-operated device has rotating brush heads to provide gentle, yet deeper skin cleansing, getting rid of dirt and oil from seated deep down the pores.

2. Facial Toner
We’ve all heard from beauty gurus to use facial toner to truly cleanse the face. However, according to dermatologists, this is quite unnecessary. That’s because the facial cleanser you washed your face with is especially formulated to not leave any product residue on your facial skin. As a result, buying a toner is something you can completely forget about.

3. Foot Mask
A mask for your feet is another unnecessary beauty expense. There is no reason why your feet would need to be masked. To keep them soft and smooth, all you need to do is to remove dead skin cells by using a scrub and regularly applying any foot cream you can find in the drugstore. Other than that, buying foot masks, especially the expensive ones, is just a waste of money

4. Body-Firming Lotion
How many times have you heard of products promising you to get firmer skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite? The sad truth is, these products will not provide you that magical solution. Even if they contain ingredients that help hydrate the skin and improves its elasticity, they will only provide temporary and minimal results. Save your money from these items and enroll for a gym membership instead.

5. Pore-Shrinking Products
Many product brands and manufacturers honestly advertise what they can do for your face—that is to temporarily minimize the appearance of pores. However, there are also some that go overboard and claim to actually reduce the size of your pores. If you hear this, do not buy it! the size of the pores depends on the genes of an individual, and nothing can change that permanently. While retinoids and AHA are dermatologist-recommended products to unclog and thoroughly cleanse the pores, they cannot shrink them nor make your skin look like that of a newborn.

Are any of these products part of your everyday beauty regimen? If so, try to gauge whether the effects justify the amount of money you’ve spent to buy them. If it tells you otherwise, you might want to save your dollars and spend them on more effective beauty items instead.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Coloring Your Hair

Nothing beats the occasional hair swap to instantly freshen up your looks, especially when your life revolves around a fixed schedule (and no, we’re not talking about getting a toupee).

While dye jobs straight out of a kit aren’t as different from getting your crowning glory tinted at a salon, it can be difficult if it’s you’re first time! Here are the dos and don’ts of dyeing your hair at home:

Dos
Find the right formula.

Much like a skin care routine, not all products are good for all types. The same goes with your hair – you need to find the right formula that goes the best with your natural hair color and skin tone.

Read the label.
Always read the label to make sure that the color you’re planning to use is safe and authentic. Check if there are ingredients in the dye that you may be allergic to, as well as the instructions on how to properly apply them.

Keep taking care of your hair.
The makeover isn’t over after you rinse the dye – take care of your hair with conditioning masks and regular trims to make sure it stays glossy and bouncy.

Set realistic expectations for your hair.
It’s all about the baby steps – you can’t make a drastic change to your hair color overnight. It has limits, and it’s important that you know what these are before going ahead and dyeing your hair.

Although coloring has never been easier, you really don’t want to spend money and end up only damaging your luscious locks in the process.

Don’ts
Color your hair black to cover light or grey hair.

Doing this will not only make the dye difficult to remove, but will also be difficult to change color for your hair later on.

Bleach your hair by yourself.
You may be tempted to use over-the-counter bleach “just to try it out”, the process itself can be tricky and doing it wrong can permanently damage your hair.

Apply hair color like shampoo.
Dye doesn’t work that way, and doing that will only result in a terrible dye job and maybe even damage your hair. Instead, make sure to apply the dye at the roots of your hair first, and use the brush that comes with the kit to apply it properly.

The same way goes with shampooing your hair – don’t do it too often. Once or twice a week is recommended, but every other day should also be good if you have oily or fine hair.