Stories by Kamala Kirk

Postpartum Fitness: How To Lose A Baby Belly

For a lot of people, the belly is one of the hardest spots on the body to lose weight. And most often, it's the last spot to lose the fat. It doesn't help that your body has gone through post pregnancy changes, but the good news is that you can still get your body back after the baby. Here are some tips that will tell you exactly how to lose a baby belly. Warning: you may find yourself digging through your closet looking for all those cut-off tops from the nineties after following these exercises.   see tips

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October 6, 2011  |   7:10 PM  |  10 COMMENTS
Stylist Tips For Coloring Asian Hair

One issue that many Asian women face when coloring hair is going from dark to light, while avoiding brassiness. Helene Sheptin, a Los Angeles-based celebrity hair stylist, says that her first suggestion for coloring Asian hair is to avoid clashing hair color with skin tone. She recommends avoiding violet, platinum blonde, white and blue-tinged shades when choosing hair colors, because these can clash with Asian skin tones. This is not to say that a girl cannot have blonde Asian hair or even red Asian hair, but layering color is important in order to allow good contrast between colors. This will also add a shimmering effect to hair, which adds luster. Highlights are a great way to transition into a lighter hair color, adding texture and depth as well as the illusion of fullness.   see stylist tips

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October 5, 2011  |   2:10 PM  |  3 COMMENTS
Tips For Exercising When Pregnant

Some women think that being pregnant means they have the opportunity to slack off and pack on the pounds, adopting the whole "I'll lose it after I have the baby" mantra. Nine months without exercise is a long time, and it may not cross your mind now, but you'll be kicking yourself seventy pounds later when you're dragging yourself to the treadmill. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends around thirty minutes or more of moderate exercise daily for expectant mothers. Benefits associated with exercising when pregnant include quicker recuperation after the birth of the baby, maintaining a more positive attitude during pregnancy as well as not gaining as much weight during pregnancy. Exercising when pregnant may sound like a lot of work, but we've got proof that working out when pregnant can actually be a lot of fun.   see exercises

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October 5, 2011  |  10:10 AM  |  3 COMMENTS
Straight From The Pros: African American Makeup Tips

When browsing the makeup counters at department stores, some women of color may find that not all cosmetics lines cater to their beauty needs. In other words, it can be difficult to find makeup for African American skin. Some makeup lines simply do not have foundations that go dark enough, causing one to look washed out, while others may lack the colors that will show up on darker skin. Los Angeles Makeup artist Phil Ranger shares some African American makeup tips to help you achieve the ultimate look.   see makeup tips

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October 4, 2011  |   4:10 PM  |  17 COMMENTS
The Best Vitamins for Menopause

Vitamins and minerals are great ways for coping with menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, and they also help combat negative long-term effects of menopause including heart disease and osteoporosis. Dr. David Katz says that declining estrogen levels during menopause influence everything from bone health to heart functions, which is why it is important to get the proper vitamins and nutrients. Here is the rundown of the best vitamins for menopause, which will benefit both your mind and body.   see vitamins

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October 6, 2011  |  10:10 AM  |  6 COMMENTS
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