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Get The Dish! Hot Girl vs. Basic Babe


We’ve all been scrolling by everyone’s individual definition of their #HotGirlSummer on social. From traveling with your squad to showing off summer bodies, this season is jam-packed with showing off what makes you fiery this year. But here’s the thing, you can’t live your best life if you’re not putting the best ingredients in your body. That being said, we know being “basic” is literally the enemy to every “hot girl” but who says you can’t elevate to the next level? Check out these 3 basic foods + see how to turn them into a hot dish!        Basic Babe: Yogurt Bland, plain + oftentimes yearning for color + style. Hot Girl Upgrade: Don’t sleep on this laid-back but powerful food pick! It may not always be your first choice but it’s packed with protein, a macronutrient essential for building and maintaining healthy hair! Sprinkle some graham crackers, fresh blueberries + juicy mangoes on your unsweetened Greek yogurt and see if it doesn’t turn heads then. Find recipe here!     ... MORE

Protect + Serve


You’ve finally taken all of your aspirational Instagram style screenshots/saves and shown them to your stylist. Exhaling after she gives you an easy nod of approval, she begins to perform her magic with your box braids. After 6 hours of swapping hilarious dating stories, a NetFlix binge + an GrubHub delivery, you walk out looking like you should be headlining every summer festival of the year! She nailed it + that’s why she is the most important contact in your call log (yes, even over your doctor/dentist/trainer combined)! Now, it’s all you hun! She has officially passed the baton and it’s your responsibility to keep your protective style healthy. Here’s a quick cheat sheet on how to protect your hair + serve up your look!    Image: Pinterest           DRIPPIN’  Depending on which protective style you’re wearing, you can find numerous ways to keep your scalp clean! One of our fave beauty hacks is to dilute your shampoo with a tad bit of water in an applicator bottle, apply it dir... MORE

Top 7 Summer Vacay Styles


Is anyone else ready for vacation? Whether you’re traveling far or just planning for local day-trip outings this summer, chances are, you’re looking for some cute summer hairstyles to help you switch it up for the occasion. We’re here to help bring you some inspiration! Here are our top 7 vacay hairstyles for summer ‘18:   1. Cornrows! This classic look is great with or without hair added. It helps to keep your ends protected and out of the way so you can just focus on having fun.This style is low maintenance too!   @heygorjess       2. Fulani-Style Braids! Fulani braids can add a little twist to traditional box braid styles. They allow you to get creative with the design.Add accessories (beads, cuffs and etc.) for a little extra embellishment as well. @modelesquenic       3. Fun Bun! You don’t have to add hair to get a Fulani-inspired look. Just add a couple braids at the front of your hair and you’ve got the look! This style is super cute, simple, and quick to achieve.  @curl... MORE

Summer Cookin' with Shantelle Gary


  Pico Stuffed Avocados It's no secret that I love avocados. They are seriously one of nature's most perfect foods Especially when you master the delicate art form of picking them within that 24 hour period when they're perfectly ripe. Not too mushy and not too firm but just right. They're even better filled with more awesome food like pico de gallo and drizzled with lime juice, coriander, olive oil, cayenne pepper and sea salt.   Prep Time: 10 Minutes Makes 4 stuffed avocados   Ingredients: 2 avocados sliced in half with the pit removed 3 plum (roma) tomatoes diced 1/2 a cucumber diced 1/3 a cup of finely diced red onion 1 small handful of fresh cilantro chopped 2 juicy limes extra virgin olive oil pinch of coriander powder pinch of cayenne pepper sea salt and pepper to taste   Directions  First squeeze a generous amount of fresh lime juice and extra virgin olive oil onto each avocado half and sprinkle with a pinch of coriander powder pepper and sea salt and set... MORE