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Friday, 14 September 2018

September 14, 2018

The Menace of Under-Age Girl Child Marriage in Northern Nigeria

I got inspired to write this article on under-age marriage of girls in Nigeria after watching a movie that was written and directed by Stephanie Okereke Linus, a Nigerian actress. The title of the movie is “DRY.” This movie isn’t that new, it was released in the year 2014, though I happened to see it just this year.

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Halima - From the movie.

The movie so much spread light on the act of Under-Age Girl Child Marriage in Northern Nigeria. It featured a little girl named Halima who was married out by her parents to a man at the age of 13. She never liked the idea but she was left with no choice – her parents forced her into the marriage. The man already was married to 3 wives, and Halima was the youngest. The man who was way older than her forcefully and violently had se* with her one night after their marriage, and that was how she was disvirgined.

She got pregnant, carried the pregnancy for 9 months; and when it was time for delivery, she had a painful natural birth. Without any professional or clinical service, she was delivered at home by a local birth attendant. The delivery was done without enough care, and with local herbs and unclean environment, she delivered, but the baby didn’t survive. Because of this kind of delivery, she contacted Fistula (Fistula is a common problem for adolescent girls giving birth for the first time, as a result of a certain complication during delivery), which came with symptoms like peeing unaware on the body and psychological stress.

Halima's husband and parents didn’t take the disease in her serious enough, her condition kept growing worse. She started developing body odor which was as a result of her bed-wetting. She was badly humiliated and discriminated by her husband, the other wives, and almost the entire village. Imagine such stigma for a little girl at that age.

To cut the story short, this went on for quite a long time until she eventually died. This is what many young girls in many Northern Nigerian states experience even up till today – denial of childhood, early marriage, and pregnancy in under-age girls. These young girls are very vulnerable to disease such as fistula, HIV and other horrible diseases.

Girl-Child Marriage

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The marrying-off of girls at a tender age is more like the common tradition or way of life of many Northern-Nigerians especially the tribe known as ‘The Hausas.’ Marrying a female out by her parents or guardians before the age of 18 is a fundamental violation of human rights as declared by The Child Rights Act which was passed in the year 2003, but only 23 out of Nigeria’s 36 states have taken concrete steps to implement the minimum age of marriage.

In Nigeria, 43% of girls are married off before their 18th birthday. 17% are married before they turn 15. While data shows a 9% decline in the prevalence of child marriage since 2003, action is needed to prevent thousands of girls from being married in the coming years.

I believe that one of the reasons why these Northern Nigerian parents marry off these girls is for the sake of having MANY grand-children who would help them with labor work, enlarge their family, and for monetary reason. Some young married ladies of ages between 20-24 already have 4-5 children!

Nigerian Tribune recently shared the story of a girl named Wasila who is a mother of six. She narrated how she was forced into early marriage. She said: “At the time, I was in SSS 1 in a Government School because my parents couldn’t afford the fees of a private school. They persuaded and convinced me to marry a man who was of the same age as my father.” Sadly, she explained that she lost her husband when she was 5 months pregnant for her 6th child. She continued: “My husband, who died a natural death at the age of 79, made me a widow. I had to cater for six children and undertake other responsibilities.” She concluded by saying that today there are many girls in her shoes in the country, and that it was time girl-child marriage stopped in the country. The consequences are enormous.


The Consequences of Under-Age Marriage of Girls

Child-marriage denies a young girl of her right to good childhood, isolates her, terminates her education, and puts her at a higher risk of physical, sexual and psychological violence.

Stop Girl Child Marriage – How we can end it.

1. Empowerment of girls with information and skills
2. Providing girls especially those living in rural areas with quality education. Many studies have shown that it is more likely that a girl who marries as a child will come from a community where education for girls is not valued.
3. Educate the parents: some parents from traditional communities believe that child marriage is a way of protecting their daughters; providing for her economically so she will be taken care of, safeguarding her from harassment and sexual violence before she reaches puberty, and preventing premarital sex which is a taboo in many countries across the world, including Nigeria.
4. Economic support for these girls and their families. If you’re capable, you may also consider sponsoring a girl child. This will help girls that are vulnerable to child marriage.
5. Support the legislation against child marriage in every state of Nigeria.

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Thursday, 13 September 2018

September 13, 2018

HOW TO START YOUR OWN PERSONAL BLOG

So you finally want to start your own personal blog; you probably heard about the word 'blog’ from someone or you stumbled across the term somewhere, and you love the whole idea, and you’ve been wondering “how can I really start my own blog?” or what it actually involves to create a personal blog. Not to worry, in this blog post, I would be sharing with you what you need to start your personal blog easily and how to do it step-by-step. So relax and read on…

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I would be sharing practically all I did that made me successfully open this blog. But first of all, you need to understand what a personal blog actually is:

What is a personal blog?

 A personal blog is a kind of blog where you basically write about anything. Yes! Anything! You get to share about yourself, your lifestyle, stuffs you love; share photos & videos about your experiences, and you get to interact with your readers. It is a blog created as a hobby and is different from a business blog. And as a result, you get the opportunity to meet and connect with different people who share the same interests as you, and even other people in the blogging world.

You love this whole blogging idea, don't you? Cool! Now let’s continue with “How to create your own personal blog.”
I would like to divide this post into 2 sections:

  • What you should consider before starting your blog
  • Step-by-step procedures: How to start your personal blog


2 Things you should consider before starting your blog: 

1. One important thing you should take note of is that blogging isn’t for everyone. It should be done out of passion – you don’t have to jump into blogging simply because you heard people are doing it. So if you truly love to have a personal blog and you’re not considering doing it only because somebody else is doing it, then that’s very good.

2. Blogging requires consistency. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to post everyday; once or twice a week is good enough. Many people who jumped into blogging have sadly abandoned their blogs (this is closely related to my point above, where I talked about ‘passion’ for it). If you don’t have passion about the whole thing, you can’t be consistent – and to run a successful blog, you MUST be consistent, especially in writing and posting blog posts.

Step-by-step procedures: How to start your personal blog the right way 

I guess you’ve been waiting for this. Well, without taking much of your time, let’s dive straight into the procedures:

1. YOUR BLOG NAME/TITLE: 

First of all, think of the name you will love to give your blog. You may have it as your own name (e.g Mary Stacey’s Blog) or a phrase (e.g Life of Mary Stacey) or something else, just be creative and think of something that would attract readers to it.

If you need help with finding a suitable name for your blog, here are some blog name generators to help you:



Explore these domain name generators above, and I guarantee that you will be able to come up with the best name for your personal blog.


2. HOSTING FOR YOUR BLOG:

Now you’ve decided on your blog name/title, the next step is to choose where your blog would be hosted. There are so many hosting companies for blogs, and I’m going to recommend the best 4 which are most suitable for personal blogs:

i. WordPress: WordPress offers two varieties wordpress.org (paid version) and wordpress.com (free version). On wordpress.org, you have 100% full control over how your site looks and functions, and you can even make money from it. But the setup process is a little very complicated. So for a personal blog, you may use wordpress.com as it is much more easier to set up, customize and maintain – it just doesn’t provide full customization rights as the .org version.

ii. Blogger: I personally use this one for this blog – GirlieFix Blog, and this is because it is completely free to use, and very easy to understand, especially for someone who is not tech savvy. Although it is not complex to use and it is a good choice for newbie bloggers.

iii. Wix: Wix, as well is very free and easy to use. So all you need do is arrange the layouts, pick a template and you’re all set. You can either let the wix team create a site for you based on a questionnaire or build your blog yourself…

iv. Weebly: Weebly is another free blogging platform like Wix!
v. Tumblr: The interface of Tumblr is more playful than the other platforms listed above. It is simple, and has a more social media vibe.


3. PAID DOMAIN OR FREE DOMAIN?

A domain is a distinct subset of the Internet with addresses under them control of an individual or organization. Simply put, it would be the link that people can use to log on to your blog. For instance, the domain/URL of GirlieFix Blog is www.girliefix.com (This domain is a paid one). You can easily differentiate between a free domain and a paid domain by the words found in the URL of that blog. I used the free domain for this blog during the first few months after I started this blog, so my domain appeared as www.girliefix.blogspot.com . The presence of .blogspot then was an evidence that I was using a free domain.
Don’t worry; using a free domain is not bad especially for personal blogs. You can start with it, and later get your paid domain. For a free wordpress domain, it would appear as xyz.wordpress.com – but when you purchase your domain, the .wordpress is removed, and is changed to xyz.com

Do you want a paid domain? Then here’s how to get one for your personal blog:
If you want to begin with a free domain, then skip this sub-heading and jump to the next. If not, read on…

Search for your domain in the website of your preferred domain registrar and if it is available, you would have to purchase it for your blog. Just as there are many hosting companies, there are also several domain registrars. But I’m going to recommend the best few ones I know of. Please note that the price of domains varies from the URL estensions or endings. Asides .com, we have .net, .biz, .edu, .info, .me among many others, but for a personal blog that you want, I recommend that you get a .com for your blog.
Below are my recommended domain registrars:
i. Godaddy. I use GoDaddy for this blog, and it is the world’s biggest domain registrar currently managing more than 75 million domains for 17 million customers around the globe. Log on to https://uk.godaddy.com to buy yours ASAP.
ii. Namecheap. I also love NameCheap as it is very user-friendly and the prices are good. They also have a nice customer service.
iii. Name.com
iv. Google Domains


4. Get a blog theme or template

Now you have where your blog is hosted and you have the domain for your blog. Congratulations! The next step is to set up your blog. And one of the first things to do is to get a blog template. Also, there are the default blog templates, free installable blog templates, as well as the premium paid ones.

If you want to use blogger, wordpress or any of the others, you may decide to stick with any of their default templates, but if they don’t suit your taste, you would either have to search for free templates on the internet (there are lot of lovely ones out there) or buy a premium template which is usually classier. You may also tell a web designer to design a template personally for you.

For Wordpress, wpbeginner shared 59 best free wordpress blog themes for 2018
For Blogger, find free templates HERE or HERE.


5. Add widgets to your blog. 

To make things easier for yourself and your blog readers, you would need to add a couple of widgets to your blog. Such as the share buttons. The share buttons is very important and I strongly recommend that every blogger has it on his/her blog. Without having to copy and paste the url of a blog post, the share buttons make it easier for you and your audience to share your post to their preferable social media platform in one click.

I use addthis for the share buttons you see on this blog. Addthis also provides you with other widgets such as Follow Buttons, Link promotions, list building, and, related posts.

6. Tell your friends and family about your new personal blog.

Your first audience and blog readers would definitely have to be the people you know – your family and friends. Encourage them to start visiting it.

7. Create your first introductory post.

 And tell us who you are, and why you decided to blog. You don’t need to be formal, just use words you are free with. Don’t forget to share the introductory post on your social media platforms and with your friends, and encourage your readers to comment.

8. And that’s it! You’re now a blogger. Keep posting and enjoy this passion. So easy and straight-forward.

I would love to offer any help I can in creating your personal blog . If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop it in the comment box below and I’ll give you an answer ASAP.
You can also hire me to create and design a Blogger blog for you (something as beautiful as what you see in this blog) at an affordable price, send a message to my mail - afunsusan1@gmail.com

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Sunday, 9 September 2018

September 09, 2018

Depression: Signs and How to overcome it.

What really is Depression?

Wikipedia says: Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person’s thoughts, behavior, tendencies, and sense of well-being. It is also a symptom of some physical diseases and a side effect of some drugs and medical treatments.

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Depression is a common but serious mood disorder that has been estimated to affect 1 in 20 individuals. It affects how you think, feel and behave, and can lead to various emotional and physical problems. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.6 percent of people over the age of 12 experience depression.
Depression can affect your relationships and reduce your productivity at work or school.

It is very important to understand that feeling down at times is a normal situation that happens in most people’s lives. Sad and distressful events occur in everyone’s life, and can make you feel down. But the difference is that when you feel miserable and hopeless on a consistent basis – that is the serious condition known as “Depression.” Depression is more than just feeling ‘down’ and is not the common mood swing.

Symptoms of Depression (Signs that you’re depressed)


  • Loss of interest in most regular activities
  • Angry outbursts
  •   Significant weight loss or gain
  • Tiredness, Fatigue or lack of energy
  •   Feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness or guilt
  • Loss of concentration and inability to think straight at work or school
  • Excessive sleeping (hypersomnia) or inability to sleep (insomnia)
  • Recurring  thoughts of suicide and death
  • Drug abuse
  • Slow thinking
  • Sluggish movement and social isolation
  • Sadness and low self esteem 

Of course, you may experience one or more of these symptoms. DO NOT ignore any of these symptoms if you notice them being persistent. If your mood doesn’t improve with time, do visit your doctor for medical attention. Depression is a serious condition, and it not only affects you, but your loved ones too.

What can make you depressed (Causes of depression)

Depression can be caused by the following reasons:
1. Distressful, grievous events or difficult life circumstances such as the loss of a loved one, economic problem, medical problems or a bad relationship.
2. Early childhood trauma (such as childhood rape or parental separation). Some events actually affect the way your body reacts to stressful situations.
3. Family history of depression, or another mood disorder. Some people develop depression because of their genetics.
4. Drug abuse and excessive alcohol intake. About 30%  of people who have a substance abuse problem experience depression.
5. Use of certain medications. Some certain drugs can trigger depression. Ask your doctor if need be.
6. Being excessively self-critical.
7. Depression can be caused by some other health problems; such as thyroid problems or vitamin-D deficiency.

The different types of depression

Depression ranges on how serious it is. It could be mild & temporary, or severe & ongoing.
There are two major types of depression: Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD).

Major depressive disorder – Major depressive disorder is the most severe form of depression. It is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness that do not go away on their own. It is accompanied by psychosis. Psychosis can involve delusions – false beliefs and hallucinations (sensing things that do not exist)

Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthmia) – It is a mild, but chronic form of depression. It often results in low productivity at school, home and work.


Another type is 'Seasonal Affective Disorder' (SAD) – Countries with long or severe winters seem to be affected more by this condition. It is related to reduced daylight of winter. The depression occurs during this season and lifts for the rest of the year.


Treatment for depression / How to overcome it.

It is highly recommended that you talk to your doctor about it. Since living with depression may be difficult, treatment can help you successfully cope. The treatments for depression are:
1. Use of a doctor’s recommended medications, such as antidepressants, antipsychotic and antianxiety drugs.
2. You can as well speak with a psychotherapist to help you learn skills to overcome depression and negative feelings.
3. Get support from close ones. Talk it out to someone you trust – be it a family member or a good friend.
4. Meditation. Meditation has shown to be helpful for treating depression in clinical studies. Mindfulness meditation in particular has been shown to have a strong effect on lessening symptoms of depression, such as negative thinking and lack of focus.
5.  Exercising (especially aerobic exercises) Aim to exercise for at least 30 minutes 3-5 days a week. This helps your body to produce certain hormones that help to improve your mood, thereby overcoming depression.
6. AVOID taking alcohol and use of hard drugs. They may temporarily make you feel better for a while, but the truth is that In the long run, they can worsen depression and other mood issues.
7. Take care of yourself, eat good healthy food, have enough sleep and rest.
8. Keep your mind and body involved in enjoyable activities, and try your best to avoid negative people.

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Saturday, 8 September 2018

September 08, 2018

Here's Why Every Girl should have a FEMALE role model

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  • What really is a role model?

A role model is any individual whose behavior, lifestyle, or success story is emulated by others, especially by the younger people. 

A role model can also be defined as someone whom you aspire to be like, either in the present or in the future. They are people whom you admire, and people you look up to for motivation. They can have a huge influence in your life.

  • Importance of role models – why we need them

Every one of us needs role models to inspire and motivate us to be better people in life. They are important as they serve as a guide through the stage of developing into who we really want to be. Our role models play a very important role in shaping our dreams and ambitions. They play an essential role for your positive growth and development.

As a girl, if you want to grow emotionally or mentally resilient, you would need to have some strong and successful examples around. So why not push the Kardashians aside, and focus more on inspirational women who are the real super heroes and would make better role models? 

  • Why is it better for a girl to have female role model than a male role model?

Males can certainly serve as good role models too; but there is a greater value in same-gender role modeling.
Read on…

  • Who can be your role model?

Your role model can be your parent, a celebrity, your teacher/lecturer, an athlete, a public figure, educator, a family member, community leaders, coaches, religious leaders or even a confident peer.

Find a role model who exemplifies an area which you have interest or where you need development. Most people chose their role models based on their career choice, for instance, an upcoming/aspiring tennis player may have Serena Williams or another successful tennis player as a role model. 

  • Traits to look out when choosing a role model (Qualities of a good role model)

A role model can be negative or positive. We are exposed to various people every day; both the negative and positive ones. It is your own decision to choose whose behavior you wish to emulate. 

Your chosen role model would definitely have a considerable impact on your choices and way of life. Your role model must have a positive impact on your life, and should be inspiring you to live a meaningful life.

A girl’s choice of role models affects how she views her own potentials.  Every girl needs to see confidence and accomplishment in her role model. 

If you’re still searching for a suitable woman to look up to as a role model, here are the key qualities and traits you should look out for:
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1. Good moral values. She must be able to behave in an ethically and morally acceptable manner. 
2. She should be intelligent and honest
3. She should be a strong, determined and successful woman
4. She should be positive and simple
5. Humility: She shouldn’t be a proud person, she should be humble. That thing called “fame” has gotten into the heads of many popular people as we’ve seen, and removed humility from their lives.  A good role model must be humble no matter how famous or popular she is.
6. She should be ambitious and success-driven in her field. This would serve as a good source of inspiration to you whose life ambition is similar to hers.
7. She should be Responsible and Hardworking. She should have a never-give-up attitude.
8. Integrity: 

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – oprah winfrey.

  • Can your role model be your mentor or vice-versa?

Yes. A role model may be someone who you know and interact with on a regular basis, or may be someone who you’ve never met, such as a public figure.



3 STRONG AND INSPIRING WOMEN TO SEE AS ROLE MODELS

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1. Oprah Winfrey (Philanthropist, Television Producer, Talk show host, Film actress & producer)


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Oprah Winfrey - Female Role Model #1
Oprah Winfrey was born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi on January 29, 1954. She was raped for the first time at age 9 by her 19-year-old cousin. After a troubled adolescence in a small farming community, where she was sexually abused by a number of male relatives and friends of her mother, she moved to Nashville to live with her father, a barber and businessman, and that was where here success started to take course. It was at East Nashville High where she discovered her passion for media.  She secured a full scholarship to Tennessee State University in 1971 and began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville.

In 1976, Oprah Winfrey moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she hosted the TV chat show ‘People Are Talking’. The show became a hit and she stayed with it for 8 years, after which she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show, A.M. Chicago. Within several months, Winfrey’s open, warm hearted personal style had won her 100,000 more views than her major competitor, Phil Donahue and had taken her show from last place to first in the ratings. Her success led to nationwide fame and a role in a 1985 film, The Color Purple, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Oprah Winfrey also launched The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986 as a nationally syndicated program. The show grossed $125 million by the end of its first year. She soon earned the respect of her viewers and was soon rewarded with an upsurge in popularity. 
The media giant contributed immensely to the publishing world by launching her “Oprah’s Book Club,” as part of her talk show. She later moved to her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) in 2011.

According to Forbes magazine, Oprah was the richest African American of the 20th century and the world’s only Black billionaire for three years running.  Life magazine hailed her as the most influential woman of her generation. In 2005, Business Week names her the greatest black philanthropist in American history. Oprah Winfrey is the only black woman on the Forbes list of the 400 richest people in America.

Oprah’s Angel Network has raised more than $50 million for charitable programs, including girls’ education in South Africa and relief to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Winfrey is also a dedicated activist for children’s rights.
In November 2013, Winfrey received the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. President Barack Obama gave her this award for her contributions to her country.

Winfrey now has a lifestyle that she could only have dreamed of during her traumatic childhood. Oprah Winfrey is one very popular role model for many ladies and women all over the world.

Further reading on Oprah Winfrey’s biography and success can be seen at: 

Michelle Obama (Female Role Model #2)

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Michelle Obama - Female Role Model #2
Michelle Obama, born January 17,  1964 is an American lawyer and writer who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009-2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. President, Barack Obama, and was the first African-American First-Lady. She is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. 

Her father suffered from multiple sclerosis which had a profound emotional effect on her as she was growing up. She was determined to stay out of trouble and be a good student, which was what her father wanted her. Her father eventually died from complications from his illness in March 1991. She would later say that although he was the “hole in my heart” and “loss in my scar”, the memory of her father has motivated her each day since.

She recalled being fearful of how others would perceive her, but disregarded any negativity around her and used it “to fuel me, to keep me going.” She recalled experiencing gender discrimination growing up, saying, for example, that rather than asking her for her opinion on a given subject, people commonly tended to ask what her older brother thought. 

In May 2014, Michelle Obama joined the campaign to bring back school girls who had been kidnapped in Nigeria. The first lady tweeted a picture of herself holding a poster with the #bringbackourgirls campaign hashtag.
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In May 2006, Essence listed her among “25 of the World’s most Inspiring Women’. In July 2007, Vanity Fair listed her among “10 of the world’s Best Dressed People.” She also appeared on the 2008 People list of best-dressed women and was praised by the magazine for her “classic and confident” look. Michelle Obama has been praised for her sense of style, discipline and decorum.

A role model and inspiration to millions of girls around the world, Michelle too had to jostle with discrimination – both racial and gender, while making her way up the world. She learned early on that she had an immense precipice to conquer. But she always believed she had the wherewithal to push herself through the tough times.

 She believes, “There is no magic to achievement. It’s really about hard work, choices and persistence.” Talking about the spirit of never giving up, she states confidently, “You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once, but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”
She clearly states, “The difference between us and them, between you and success, is not that you never fail, but it’s how you recover from those failures – is that you keep getting up time and time again. You figure out what you did wrong, and then you make it right.”
'Education Is the Key to the future.' It was the reason why in 2015, she launched the ‘Let Girls Learn’ Initiative, through which she encouraged Americans to pursue higher education after high school and earn their identity and confidence through higher education.

Further Reading about Michelle Obama, check: 

Serena Williams (Female Role Model #3)

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Serena Williams - Professional Tennis Player

Serena Williams, born September 26, 1981 is an American professional tennis player. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) ranked her world no. 1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017. She reached the no. 1 ranking for the first time on July 8, 2002.

At the age of three, practicing on a court not far from their family’s home, Serena withstood the rigors of daily 2-hour practices from her father. “When I was a little girl, my father and mother wanted me to play tennis,” she told the crowd in French after a victory. “And now I’m here, with 20 Grand Slam titles.”

Serena Williams has won 72 career single titles, 23 doubles titles, and two mixed doubles titles. This includes 39 Grand Slam titles, of which 23 are single titles, 14 doubles titles and two mixed doubles titles. Apart from that, she is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and has won more career prize money than any other female athlete.

She has been in and out of surgeries, including an emergency treatment regarding a blood clot in her lungs. In august 2003, Serena underwent knee surgery, and in September her half-sister Yetunde Price was murdered in Los Angeles, California. She had also stumbled badly at the 2012 French Open, enduring a first-round loss for the first time at a major tournament. But she was back in top form in July 2012, defeating 23-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska in an emotional three sets to claim here 5th Wimbledon title and first major championship in two years.

After winning her 23rd Grand Slam title at Australian Open, in June 2017 Forbes magazine put Serena Williams’ net worth at $27 million. Her career $84 million in prize winnings is almost $50 million in prize winnings is almost $50 million more than any other women’s tennis player.
In 2002, People Magazine selected her as one of its 25 Most Intriguing People. Essence magazine later called her one of the country’s 50 Most Inspiring African Americas.

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Sunday, 26 August 2018

August 26, 2018

OMG! Colored Pencil Nails Now Exist?!

The latest in bizarre nail trends, Instagram user @nail_sunny created a manicure that's basically every crafty person's dream, but, it also kinda looks highly uncomfortable.

Take a look at these nails and decide for yourself.

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By Lauren Adhav, From: Cosmopolitan.com

Last week the Russia-based nail chain posted a video, in which each nail (excluding the thumb) was sculpted with acrylic (for extra length), then shaped and styled to resemble colored pencils.
Check out the video on their Instagram handle,  @nail_sunny.

Though a far cry from a DIY mani, @nail_sunny posted a hyperlapsed tutorial just in case you were curious how to get the look. First, the nail technician started with a base of solid primary and secondary colors. Then, they used darker and lighter polish shades to create dimension. On the tips of the nails, the nail tech painted a light tan polish to replicate the wooden part of the pencil.

nail sunny colored pencil nails
Nail Sunny

And to really sell the look, the technician even whittled down actual colored pencils with a knife to reach the colored lead, then glued them to the tips of the nails. The craziest part? They actually work like colored pencils! So, if you're looking for a manicure that will bring back the nostalgia of coloring in elementary school, this is it.

The creator of this look @nail_sunny is the same user behind molar nails and royal wedding nails, so it's safe to say that nothing is off limits next. I'm sure Crayola and my first grade teacher would approve of this latest design.


Follow @nail_sunny on Instagram for more updates about this new pencil nails trend!


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Sunday, 19 August 2018

August 19, 2018

READ FREE BOOKS ONLINE: Best 7 Websites To Read Free Books

The world is revolving. The Internet is making things easier and better. Now, you can read FREE books online with just your internet browser! You don't even need to go to the book store to buy your favorite books or novels, all you need in this present day is a phone or computer that is connected to the internet.

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The most popular sites I recommend for you to read books online are given below:

1. Open Library

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Open Library's Interface
The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world.
Its book information is collected from the Library of Congress, other libraries, and Amazon.com, as well as from user contributions through a Wiki-like interface. If books are available in digital form, a button labelled "Read" appears next to its catalog listing. Links to where books can be purchased or borrowed are also provided.
Simply logon to www.openlibrary.org

2. Google Books

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Google Books' Interface
Google Books (previously known as Google Book Search and Google Print and by its codename Project Ocean) is a service from Google Inc. that searches the full text of books and magazines that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition (OCR), and stored in its digital database. Books are provided either by publishers and authors, through the Google Books Partner Program, or by Google's library partners, through the Library Project.

Simply logon to www.books.google.com/

3. Smashwords

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Smashwords originated from the United States of America and was founded by Mark Coker.  The Smashwords Store provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres of the written word. Once you register, the site offers useful tools for search, discovery and personal library management. Over 70,000 of our books are priced at free

Simply logon to https://www.smashwords.com

4. Wattpad

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Wattpad
Wattpad is a community for readers and writers to publish new user-generated stories in different genres, including classics, general fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry, fanfiction, spiritual, humor, and teen fiction. It aims to create social communities around stories for both amateur and established writers.

The platform claims to have an audience of more than 65 million users, who can directly interact with the writers and share their opinions with fellow readers. Although available in over 50 languages, 77% of its content is written in English. A number of Wattpad users are translating stories to continue to build the platform.

5. Bookish

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Bookish Interface
Bookish.com is a content discovery and ecommerce website, which launched in February 2013, devoted to books. The site allows users to browse an extensive database of books and authors, add books to user-created digital "shelves", get custom book recommendations, read editorial content and purchase physical books, ebooks, and audiobooks.

Simply logon to https://www.bookish.com/

6.  BookRix

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BookRix Interface
BookRix is a free self-publishing platform that offers eBook distribution services to independent writers. Users can share their writing, connect with other readers, and discover new books and authors – all in one place. They make eBook publishing easy and indie reading fun!

Simply logon to https://www.bookrix.com/

7. GoodReads

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GoodReads' Interface
Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations with about 75 million members and over 2.2 billion books added!
Their mission is to help people find and share books they love. Goodreads launched in January 2007. 

A Few Things You Can Do On Goodreads:

  • See what books your friends are reading.
  • Track the books you're reading, have read, and want to read.
  • Check out your personalized book recommendations. Our recommendation engine analyzes 20 billion data points to give suggestions tailored to your literary tastes.
  • Find out if a book is a good fit for you from our community’s reviews.
Simply logon to www.goodreads.com


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Friday, 17 August 2018

August 17, 2018

20 Secret Things every Girl has done on her Period

Every month, we girls face enormous problems during our periods. From terrible mood swings to period pains, plus many other ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

Take a look at the most common things that girls do during her periods. Just smile and admit them!๐Ÿ˜‰

1. You feel horrible and gross when you wake in the morning...especially when you feel soaked, or worse even, when you're stained.

2. Making a pad from just toilet paper since you urgently need one and there is none left at home.

3. You checked the toilet after you pee and been shook by how much blood is in there.

4. You wear double pants to reduce the damage caused by any possible stain

5. You decide to wear BLACK pants, trousers, if possible all-black throughout the 4/5/6 days of your period because you don't want any stain to be obvious.

6.Hidden your pad up your sleeve/pocket/bra while you walk to the toilet at school to change.

7. Asked your bestie to check your butt for leakage. Tends to happen more frequently when your crush is around.

8. Woken up in the morning and discovered that you totally stuck your pad too far forward or too far back. RIP your knickers, pjs and bed sheets.

9. Flushed a toilet multiple times because little streaks of blood were still in the water.

10. You sneeze or laugh, then you feel something like jelly (which is blood clot) drop out slowly to your pad.

11. Sat and wondered if you've leaked or if your butt is just sweaty.

12. Crossed your legs while sitting down to try and stop the flow.

13. Pooed way more than normal; thanks to those notorious period shits.

14. Decided to stay indoor all day, even if you had somewhere not-so-important to go to.

15.  Sometimes secretly laid a cardigan or jacket on your sit down as protection against stains.

16. Wearing a jacket/shirt on your waist so you won't have to bother much about anyone noticing a stain.
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18. Told a guy you where "just not feeling fine" if he asked you why wheren't you at X place that day.

19. Double checked every chair after getting up just in case you leaked on it.

20. Felt slightly relieved when the blood starts going brown because the end must be near. Glory!!!๐Ÿ˜ค


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Monday, 13 August 2018

August 13, 2018

5 Nigerian School Girls Win Gold in World Technovation Challenge in US

Anambra Nigerian School Girls Win World Technovation Challenge

The 5 Girls from Anambra State in Nigeria who represented Nigeria and Africa at the World Technovation Challenge in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco, US on August 9th this year won the Gold Medal in the contest.

The team lead by Uchenna Onwuamaegbu Ugwu defeated representatives of other technological giants including the USA, Spain, Turkey, Uzbekistan and China to clinch the Gold Medal!
The Anambra girls who have now become Africa’s Gold Girls is made up of five brilliant girls including:
Promise Nnalue, Jessica Osita, Nwabuaku Ossai, Adaeze Onuigbo and Vivian Okoye.

The world champions who are reported to be attracting a lot of attention in the world’s greatest technological hub won the challenge with a mobile application called the FD-Detector which they developed to help tackle the challenge of fake pharmaceutical products in Nigeria.

Under the tutelage of Uchenna Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu the CEO of Edufun Technik STEM, the Golden Girls spent 5 months researching and developing FD-Detector which swept through over 2000 competing applications to get to the finals in San Francisco.
Anambra Nigerian School Girls Win World Technovation Challenge

Techovation is a programme that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the programming skills they need to emerge as tech-entrepreneurs and leaders.

Every year, girls are invited to identify a problem in their communities, and then challenge them to solve them by developing Android applications that would address those problems.

115 countries participated in the qualifiers but only 12 teams from all over the world were selected as finalists for the pitch in Silicon Valley.

The girls will also be attending Field trips, life-changing workshops including a networking session during their one week stay in USA.

The Governor of Anambra State, Nigeria – Chief Willie Obiano had personally sent thrm off to the US in a brief ceremony at the last executive council meeting where he charged the girls to put Nigeria and Africa on the global technological map with their rare talent.

Friday, 10 August 2018

August 10, 2018

5 fruits that will help you lose wight real fast!

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Do you wish to lose some weight? Then, it's high time you started eating some healthy fruits. Fruit not only helps reduce belly fat, but it can also reduce the risk of some types of chronic diseases. Fruits also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other nutrients important for good health. Fruits are indeed part of a well-balanced and healthy eating plan.

In research, fruit has actually been tied to weight loss, not weight gain. One study found that overweight and obese adults who ate more fruit experienced greater weight loss than those who didn't. Another study, which followed more than 130,000 adults over 24 years, found that consuming fruit was associated with improved weight loss over time.

Below are some fruits you should start eating to lose weight fast:

  • Watermelons 

This juicy fruit is loaded with water and low in calories, making it ideal to eat for weight loss. Consuming watermelon will ensure you're hydrated. And when you're getting plenty of water, your body can work optimally. Also, when you're hydrated, you won't confuse thirst with hunger and overeat unhealthy fare. Combine watermelon and some savory and spicy ingredients for a refreshing twist with our simple and quick watermelon gazpacho recipe. Or, try our salad that offers the sweetness of watermelon, tartness of lime, saltiness of feta and olives, and semi-spicy herbaceousness of arugula.


  • Oranges: 


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Add some tang to your diet with this nutrient-dense, low-calorie fruit. Oranges provide only 47 calories per 100 grams. Orange is considered to be a negative calorie fruit which means that it contains less calories than what your body requires to burn it. Simply put, you burn more than you eat.


  • Apples: 


Apples are easy to carry as a snack, and they're low in calories (a medium-sized apple is 72 calories, says the CDC) and lack sodium or fat. So, they can be a component of any weight-loss diet. Apples are one of the best fruit sources of filling fiber, which means you'll be satisfied enough to avoid binges throughout the day. In fact, research has shown that eating a fiber-filled apple before a meal can fill you up so you eat fewer calories. Plus, they can help reduce your cancer risk, promote heart health and give you energy, to boot. They're also helpful at balancing blood sugar, which can help you make better snacking decisions because you won't be desperate to get something into your belly quickly.


  • Bananas: 


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A medium, slightly green banana will boost your metabolism and fill you up. A banana is a great way to boost energy and an ideal post-workout snack. Opt for a banana over an energy bar to ensure that you're really getting a healthy treat. Plus, a banana can help prevent muscle cramps and regulate your blood pressure.



  • Grapefruits:


Eating half of a grapefruit before each meal can lower levels of insulin, a fat-storage hormone, which can lead to weight loss. Because grapefruits are loaded with water, they keep you hydrated and satisfied, helping you eat less. Plus, the fruit contains fat-burning enzymes, categorizing it as a weight-loss superfood. And because it takes more energy to digest this fruit, it helps you burn more calories. This fruit powerhouse also is a good source of protein, vitamin C, folic acid and potassium.


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August 10, 2018

The Complete History Of Lipstick

The Lipstick.

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Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that apply color, texture, and protection to the lips. - Wikipedia

Many colors and types of lipstick exist. As with most other types of makeup, lipstick is typically but not exclusively, worn by women. Some lipsticks are also lip balms, to add color and hydration.

Although the name originally applied to the baton (stick) of material, within a tubular container, usually around 10mm in diameter and 50mm in length the term has now generally transposed to the material itself, regardless of method of application.

No argument, lipsticks are one of the inseparable part of our makeup which enhances the beauty of women.

The History of Lipsticks.

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Ancient Sumerian men and women were possibly the first to invent and wear lipstick, about 5,000 years ago. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their faces, mainly on the lips and around the eyes. Egyptians like Cleopatra crushed bugs to create a colour of red on their lips.

elizabeth taylor helped popularize red lipstick
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 Also, around 3000 BC to 1500 BC, women in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization applied red tinted lipstick to their lips for face decoration. Ancient Egyptians wore lipstick to show social status rather than gender.They extracted the red dye from fucus-algin, 0.01% iodine, and some bromine mannite, but this dye resulted in serious illness. Lipsticks with shimmering effects were initially made using a pearlescent substance found in fish scales.

During the Islamic Golden Age, the notable Andalusian cosmetologist Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi (Abulcasis) invented solid lipsticks, which were perfumed sticks rolled and pressed in special molds, and he described them in his Al-Tasrif.

The Chinese made some of the first lipsticks that were made from beeswax over 1,000 years ago to protect the delicate skin of the lips. During the Tang Dynasty (CE 618-907), scented oils were added to them, which gave the mouth an enticing factor.

In Australia, Aboriginal girls would paint their mouths red with ochre for puberty rituals.

Lipstick trends

Throughout the early 20th century, lipstick came in a limited number of shades.

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Dark red was one of the most popular shades throughout the 19th and 20th century. Dark red lipstick was popular in the 1920s. Flappers wore lipstick to symbolize their independence. Lipstick was worn around the lips to form a "Cupid's bow," inspired by actress Clara Bow. At that time, it was acceptable to apply lipstick in public and during lunch, but never at dinner.

In the early 1930s, Elizabeth Arden began to introduce different lipstick colors. She inspired other companies to create a variety of lipstick shades. In the 1930s, lipstick was seen as a symbol of adult sexuality. Teenage girls believed that lipstick was a symbol of womanhood. Adults saw it as an act of rebellion. Many Americans, especially immigrants, did not accept teenage girls wearing lipstick. A study in 1937 survey revealed that over 50% of teenage girls fought with their parents over lipstick.

In the mid-1940s, several teen books and magazines stressed that men prefer a natural look over a made-up look. Books and magazines also warned girls that wearing cosmetics could ruin their chances of popularity and a career. The implication of these articles was that lipstick and rouge were for teen girls who acted very provocatively with men. Despite the increased use of cosmetics, it was still associated with prostitution. Teen girls were discouraged from wearing cosmetics for fear that they would be mistaken for "loose" girls or prostitutes.

By the 1950s, movie actresses Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor helped bring back dark red lips. A 1951 survey revealed that two-thirds of teenage girls wore lipstick.

red lipsticksIn 1950 chemist Hazel Bishop formed a company, Hazel Bishop Inc., to promote her invention of long-lasting, non-smearing 'kissproof' lipstick ("stays on you... not on him"), which quickly gained acceptance. At the end of the 1950s, a cosmetic company named Gala introduced pale shimmery lipstick. Later, Max Factor created a popular lipstick color called Strawberry Meringue. Lipstick manufacturers began creating lipsticks in lavender, pale pink, white, and peach. Since parents generally frowned on teen girls wearing red lipstick, some teen girls began wearing pink and peach lipsticks, which became a trend. White or nearly white lipstick was popular in the 1960s. Rock groups such as the Ronettes and the Shirelles popularized white lipstick. Girls would apply white lipstick over pink lipstick or place under-eye concealer on their lips. During that time, many lipsticks were either matte, sheer, or slightly shiny. In the 1960s, lipstick was associated with femininity. Women who did not wear lipstick were suspected of mental illness or lesbianism.

In the 1970s, a number of cosmetic companies introduced lipsticks in more unusual colors such as iridescent light blue (Kanebo), frosted lime green (Conga Lime by Revlon), and silver sparkled navy blue (Metallic Grandma by Biba). M•A•C cosmetics continues to release limited edition and highly collectible lipsticks in a wide range of colors and finishes, including unusual hues of violets, blues, and greens.

Rocker Marilyn Manson helped popularize dark lipsticks in alternative subcultures.
Black lipstick became popular in the late 1970s and into the 1990s. In the 1950s, black lipstick had been worn by actresses starring in horror films. It became popular again due in part to punk and goth subcultures.

In the mid-1980s, so-called mood lipstick was sold to adults by mainstream cosmetic companies. This type of lipstick changes colors after it is applied, based on changes in skin's pH that supposedly reflect the wearer's mood. Previously these had been available as little girls' play makeup. They had another resurgence in the very early 21st century, offered by inexpensive as well as more exclusive cosmetic lines, and color changing chemicals also appeared in lip gloss, such as Smashbox O-Gloss, and blush, such as Stila Custom Color Blush.

In the 1990s, lipstick colors became semi-matte. Shades of brown were very popular. These shades were inspired by several shows such as "Friends". In the late 1990s and into the 21st century, pearl shades became very popular. Lipsticks were no longer matte or semi-matte, they were shiny and contained several interference pearls.

In 2012, bright bold lip colors became trendy again with saturated colors such as hot pink, neon, and orange.

kylie lipsticks
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In 2014 and early 2015 nude lipsticks were coming up to be incredibly popular. These lipsticks follow the general trend where "less is more". Examples of celebrities promoting this trend are Paris Hilton and Gigi Gorgeous.

In late 2015 and 2016 liquid lipstick, which applies like a gloss but dries matte, became popularized with brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills. Its most common form comes in a tube, applied with an applicator wand.

Lipstick also has many variations including lip balms, glosses, crayons, pencils, liners, and stains. Balms and glosses tend to be more translucent and not as dark or vibrant.

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August 10, 2018

Want A Perfect, Healthier Hair? Here’s why you should stop exposing your hair to the Sun.

Do's and Dont's For Healthy Hair...

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  • Don’t leave your hair to dry naturally after a shower.


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Do you know that ditching your hairdryer and leaving your hair to air dry after a shower actually does more harm than good.

According to the Australian Vice President of Smart Devices, Dr Tim Moore, leaving your hair wet could actually be damaging it and causing split ends. How? Wet hair swells, which puts pressure on the cuticles and causes them to break.

Speaking to Yahoo, he said: "The hair is made up of a cortex, which is the area that pulls the shape of your hair and then cuticles around the side, which are a bit like roof tiles.

"The other thing is that when the hair is wet it loses its strength. So, the hair is half as strong when it's wet."

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  • Stop excessively exposing your hair to the sun, it damages your hair. 

"Your hair can burn just like your skin – you simply can’t feel it," says Annabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley. "UV rays act on hair in a similar way to bleach; they degrade its protein structure, leaving strands weaker and more vulnerable to breakage and further damage. Whilst in the sun, you should apply asun protective spray to your hairliberally to lightly coat each strand that contains ingredients that protect the hair from the sun. 
Anabel suggests using a daily sun-protective mist, like the Philip Kingsley Sun Shield. It works to guard hair from UV ray damage and is also incredibly lightweight so it won’t affect your style."

"When hair becomes damaged by the sun, its physical and aesthetic properties are adversely affected. Moisture content is low, the outer cuticle is raised and perhaps broken, and strands are therefore left dry, inelastic, dull, overly porous, hard to manage and more susceptible to environmental damage."
To repair damaged hair, Anabel Kingsley suggests using a pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, like the Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticizer. "This plumps strands with moisture to add bounce, manageability and strength, smoothes the hair cuticle to create shine, and leaves hair looking much more vibrant."

Although, Vitamin D is good for hair;

Hair expert Anabel Kingsley explains, "Vitamin D deficiency can, and often does, disrupt the hair growth cycle resulting in hair loss. Vitamin D is key to hair growth as each hair follicle has a Vitamin D receptor attached to it. 

A deficiency is very common - I would say at least 80% of my clients are lacking – most notably those who work in an office or live in a city, like London, where the sun is a rare commodity. I therefore always send clients to have a blood test to check their Vitamin D level.

I suggest most people do this once yearly. To boost Vitamin D levels, The NHS has some good advice and recommends “regularly going outside for a few minutes around the middle of the day without sunscreen… the more skin that is exposed the greater the chance of producing sufficient vitamin D before burning”. Many people find it helpful, and indeed necessary if they already have a deficiency, to take a daily Vitamin D3 Supplement. You can buy these in almost any pharmacy."

In Addition… 

  • Shampooing your hair everyday is BAD for you!

In general, if you clean your hair every day, it strips the follicles of their natural oils, leading to split ends and dull looking hair. Your scalp can also dry out, causing dandruff and hair loss, while colour fades at a faster rate when washed everyday.

"You wash your face frequently to remove dirt and oil; do the same for your hair but your exact regime and frequency of wash should depend on your hair texture and the specific needs of your scalp," says Kingsley. "If you have fine hair, choose a body-building shampoo and conditioner to gently cleanse and moisturise. 

If you have an itchy or flaky scalp, use products that will counteract this, such as a soothing anti-microbial flaky/itchy scalp toner and an exfoliating scalp mask. If your scalp has a tendency to get greasy, use a toning tonic after every shampoo. 

For dry hair, apply an intensive weekly pre-shampoo conditioner once weekly to restore elasticity, bounce and shine.”

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