Homemade Coconut Oil Body Scrub

Coconut Tree

Coconut Tree

The only difficult thing about making homemade coconut oil body scrub is choosing either sweet or salty. You  have the choice between using epsom salt or brown sugar. Either way, you’ll love your newly exfoliated and moisturized skin—from head to toe!

Try it out and let us know how you liked it.

Mix well, cleanly store, scrub-a-dub-dub!

Salt Scrub Recipe

– 1 cup coconut oil, room temp

– 1/2 cup epsom salts

– 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil, or the gel from a few capsules

– 4 drops essential oils, lavender or lemon

Sugar Scrub Recipe

– 1 cup brown sugar

– 1/2 cup coconut oil, room temp

– 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil, or the gel from a few capsules

– 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spices

Have you heard the buzz on how to fix broken makeup? I’m not talking a fault line in your beloved compact or a divot in your “they better never stop making this shade” eyeshadow. I mean broken as in dictionary.com broken: reduced to fragments. You know the minute it slips from your hands and you instinctively say a quick prayer that the fall gets buffered off your soft Italian leather shoes. Nope. Not this time, you say aloud as you hear the crack on the: (fill in the blank)…wood floor…tile floor-whichever one-it’s still a casualty.
Well, although not thrilled to admit it, I’ve done it more than once! And, before learning this trick from Homemaker Chick, I just threw it away. Nothing good ever came of it. It wasn’t worth getting make up flakes on my silk blouse or spilling it in my coveted designer handbag. Now without furthering the damage,  you can save money and not waste perfectly good makeup! Here’s the deal: All you need to do after gathering the salvageable makeup, is add a few teaspoons of alcohol (eh, not your Stoli) to your cracked makeup, break up all the chunks until it is smooth, then stir.  Set it out, undisturbed, over night. In the morning, Violà! Reborn makeup—good to go!

Email me at Asklauren@charleswigs.com for any beauty questions!

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Holiday  Hairstyle S.O.S. at your service! With your end-of-the-year work load, last second holiday shopping, and prepping for holiday couch surfers, there’s scant time for hairstyling, that work for any occasion of the year. Fret not!—These styles require little time and effort and will still leave you looking fabulous.

Sexy and Speedy
A tousled bun for girl-on-the-go.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blow hair straight or flat-iron over dry hair

for a sophisticated seasonal look.

 

Slick your hair back and top it off with a chick scarf or headband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: © Michael Buckner/Getty Images

 

Sophisticated and Vixen-Worthy

Try this beautiful pin up era style for full roots and perfectly falling ringlets. Just part hair to one side and use a large barrel curling iron.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: © Jeffrey Mayer/Getty Images
Impress friends and family with a stylish face-framing bob cut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Parties

Sleek strands are perfect for an office party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After you blow-dry, curl hair with a large barrel iron, and run a brush through the spirals. Top it off with a of of shine spray for glossy waves that will dazzle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I say God Bless America I mean it in the most patriotic sense. I’m not at all political. For the July 4th weekend I arranged my main window in red, white and blue wigs and hats with some sparkle here and there.  My husband & I are amazed at the doom & gloom people are projecting. His comment: “The sky must be falling!” bahahaha! Last I heard we all have freedom to look at life how we choose: My day will be happy, joyous & free! And, if I can help somebody else along the way, I will. Same as yesterday & the day before that!

Why do I consistently hear from new clients comments like: “I’m not good with my hair; I have these cowlicks I can’t do anything with. I like it when I leave the salon, I just can’t do it at home. I don’t know what looks good on me.”

Could it be that you haven’t been given a consultation that results in an easy care, head turning style just for you? Before I review photos or styles the client may want, I take the time to do my 10-point consultation:

1. Assess hair texture. Has the hair been blown straight or flat ironed? Has client used a curling iron on it?

2. Check for growth patterns around hair line and crown. Are they neutral or do they grow strongly in one direction or other?

3. Analyze the head shape, profile, and proportions.

4. What would we most like to emphasize? Great cheek bones, pretty eyes, long neck?

5. What are the clients sensitivities? What do we not want to draw attention to?

6. Check for face symmetry and determine where to part the hair.

7. What chemicals are on the hair… i.e. color, perm, straightener?

8. Does the client use styling products?

9. Does client blow dry hair?

10. How often does client shampoo/ style hair?

I’m endlessly surprised when the most seasoned salon goer says, “Nobody’s ever done that before or asked me those things.” I don’t know how a stylist can can make a client’s wishes come true with out performing this check list and equally important, sharing it with the client.

While many people think of their cowlicks as a curse, I prefer to show how they can be used advantageously. For instance, the double crown can be used to achieve fullness simply by turning the head over and blowing it dry. And, it’s important to explain that without styling aides—products—even a professional can’t accomplish these looks.

Who doesn’t love it when we get a compliment on our new cut or color? For those of us who are afraid of change—hair does grow back. Start with small changes—try some bangs, angled sides, a few strands of hair color—it doesn’t have to be a major make-over, although, that really gets my endorphins soaring. Challenge yourself to try something different.

And this being the kick-off of the holidays, I decided to honor my clients’ generosity and loyalty by making charitable donations to both the American Red Cross and the Humane Society of the United States, providing relief to Hurricane Sandy flood victims, including their beloved pets. We’ve all been blessed with abundance, I’m looking forward to getting together with my favorite people for good conversation and breaking the bread. I wish all of you the blessings of a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah season—and remember grateful people are happy people, those who aren’t, aren’t.


Written by: Jacqueline McCloud, AKA little sister of Charles’ Wigs owner, Marsha McHenry Carroll, Laguna Beach, CA

Don’t think that us folks who live in southwest Florida don’t have seasons. Sure we do. We have spring, summer, hottest summer and summer again! And most of the time that means people are out and about—walking, jogging, golfing, fishing, boating or perhaps gardening. And the last thing most people think about is Melanoma, better known as skin cancer!

And it is mainly caused by intense or occasional UV radiation exposure.  While we can easily check our bodies for dark moles or lesions, the places that we can’t see can also be very susceptible—the scalp, behind the ears and the back of the neck.

 A dedicated client  may see her hair care professional about every six weeks.  More often, a client chats up her  stylist with  personal and world events…about her children, her relationships and People magazine’s latest celebrity divorce headlines.

And, conversely, dedicated professional’s not only know the “real” color of  her client’s hair and even her plastic surgeon’s name, but, she routinely scans her client for suspicious possibilities. If something looks questionable, she strongly recommends a doctor check-up.  The earlier the detection, if any, the better the results.  Skin cancer left untreated can turn fatal.

Come to think of it, we can adapt the strategy of our chimp cousins and check our own family members…always something to learn from the animal kingdom!