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Best Hair Braiding Salon in Charlotte NC 2012

Finding the best Hair Braiding Salons in Charlotte NC was not easy for us. We had to dig in deep to filter the best among hundreds of Hair Braiding Shops all claiming to be the best. When we set out on this journey to find the best Hair Braiding Shop in the Charlotte NC area, we set clear and tangible measurements.

The best hair braiding salon must be the best in customer service, price, speed of service, quality of the braids, quality of the Hair used, quality and cleanliness of the Salon and the Patrons.

To achieve our goal we literally visited all the major salons in the Charlotte area and got our hair braided incognito as a normal client. There were few shops that were OK and then few that were clearly the best. Ready of our findings?

Aamavi Hair Braiding was near the top of the list, so was Charlotte Hair braiding, Bignon Hair Braiding and the best service award goes to Mawoena Professional Hair Braiding, the crowned best Hair Braiding Shop in Charlotte NC for 2012.

Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm

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I used this a few days ago, for the first time, after coloring my hair.
I’ve used it on three other people since.
I love it! I immediately could tell a difference.
My hair felt so much more soft and moisturized. It looked shinier and healthier. The other ladies I used it on loved it too!
I recommend trying this if you have dry or damaged hair.

You can buy it here for $23. It’s a big jar of it, and a very little bit goes a long way.

Definitely worth the money, it will last you a while and I’m sure you’ll like the results.

Feathers, feathers, feathers.

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Feathers are EVERYWHERE. Big and small, and all kinds of colors. On necklaces, clothes, earrings, and in hair.

More and more ladies are getting feather extensions, I see several a day.

I do hair, and a bunch of my friends are wearing and doing these. Next on the to-do list: learn how to do feather extensions. That’s where the money’s at these days!

I personally don’t have them, but I do, admittedly, own several different pairs of feather earrings.

Celebrities are wearing them. Young and old, people are wearing them.

Earrings;

Vanessa Hudgens wearing one large feather earring.
Handmade Peruvian earrings.

Really long feathers.

Colorful feathers on Lucy Hale.

Feathers with rhinestones and chains.

Necklaces;

Long, beige peacock feather necklace.

Short feather necklace.

Traditional peacock feather necklace.

And last, but not least, feather hair extensions;

Love this red hair with feather extensions.

Subtle feathers. Very pretty.

Not so subtle ;)

Peacock feathers!

Okay, you get the idea, feathers are in ladies!

Freak of Nature!

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I am unfortunate enough to have very fine, very thin, very straight hair.

I am sure I’m not alone in this. Those of you who share this hair type are probably constantly looking for things to do and use to make your hair look less flat. Less straight. Less boring.

Well, I am too.

I tried Love, Peace, and the Planet (Tigi’s) Freak Of Nature.
It really works!

Obviously you can’t just put it in your hair and walk out the door, so this is what I did;

I put it in my hands (doesn’t take a lot, maybe the size of a quarter), ran it through my hair with my fingers, massaged it onto my scalp, and blow-dried.  I blow dry my hair upside down, it’s easier for me, and it adds more volume.

So that combined with the Freak of Nature = a lot of volume! Comparatively. Not to mention, it smells GREAT!

I love it, I’ve used it twice this week and I’ll continue to use it.

Buy it here for $14.95.  Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Pin-up!

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Everyone seems to be falling in love with the pin-up/40′s style. I have loved it for quite a while myself.
The clothes, the shoes, the hair, and the makeup is so glamorous and sexy.
Not too difficult to pull off, either!
If I can do it, you can! ;)

The clothes;
Polka dots, Animal prints, Sailor, etc.
Most of the dresses/shorts are really short, and usually really tight.
Katy Perry rocks the look quite often.

Here are some cute examples.
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Now the shoes;
High heels, cute prints, bows, and bright colors.

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Hair;
Victory rolls, curls, bangs, and big flowers.
The bigger the flower, the better.

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Makeup;
Dark, thick eyeliner with a wing, dramatic lashes, red lipstick, and a fake mole is optional.

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So whether you’re just having fun, want to try something new, doing a photo shoot, or in a wedding, this look is so fun!
Love it!

Grassroots Sweeping Success

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I love exfoliators. I love how they make your skin feel new.
(Because that’s what they’re intended to do).
Sweeping Success

I tried this face buffer by Grassroots and fell in love on the first try.
I followed the directions exaclty, and it worked.
My skin felt SO soft instantly.
I proceeded to make everyone I know try mine at least once.
Okay, only once, I didn’t want to share TOO much. ;)

A lot of people will exfoliate many times a week, but that’s not how you should do it.
They’re really only meant to be used once or twice a week. That’s what this Sweeping Success recommends also. Exfoliators are too harsh to be used like daily face washes. I learned this by trial and error a while ago. :)

Smartskincare.com says this about it ;
“Except for people with extremely oily skin, daily exfoliation is not a good idea. Your goal is to remove the dead cells from the skin surface. It takes at least a few days for a sizeable amount of dead cells to accumulate. If you exfoliate more often than that, you may be removing too many living cells, increasing the chance of irritation and skin damage. ”

So, my advice to you; by this face buffer, follow the instructions, use it twice a week.

Click here and you can buy it from Happywayfashion.com. It’s only $9.50 and totally worth it. Trust me.

Men’s Skin Care guide

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Skin Care Shopping guide for Men:

Skin care products are not just for women. In fact, there are a huge variety of skin care products for men. In the Happy Way Fashion discount Skin care online store you will find the best brands of skin care for men for shaving, cleansing, moisturizing and treating skin problems. Follow these easy steps to buy men’s skin care products that are right for you.

What is your skin type? normal, dry, oily or acne-prone? Because Skin care products are engineered for specific skin types it is absolutely important to know your skin type. Knowing yours is the key to selecting the right Skin care product for your Skin.

Should Men use Women’s Skin care? Sometimes there is a misconception that Women’s Skin care and Men’s Skin care are one and the same. In reality Men’s skin care products are different than women’s. So make sure you chose a skin care product specifically made for men. There are however Skin care made for Unisex that can be used for both Men and Women. So it is important as you peruse our website to read the descriptions properly as we will always emphasize this.

Do you use a Cleanser? Pick a good cleanser for Men. They are very key to assuring that your skin remains healthy and free of debris.

What about Toners? Use a good Skin Toner . Toner are essential in restoring the skin’s PH balance which is increased by cleansing and shaving.

Pick a good skin moisturizer. A moisturizer is important, not only to hydrate your Skin but also work great as anti-aging agents that can reduce the effects of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Insure to get ones specifically for your skin type. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, choose an oil-free moisturizer for example.

Always use shaving products made for your skin type. Shaving creams and aftershave can help enhance and moisturize your skin as well as to prevent breakouts.

Add a good variety of Masks, scrubs.. to your Skin care list. Products like masks, scrubs, exfoliating creams go a long way to hydrate, exfoliate or treat severe skin issues and are also very important for a complete Skin care for men.

Shop Skin care products for Men at Happy Way Fashion and discount skin care up to 70%-80 off regular department store prices. Find discontinued Skin care products and the best designer skin care brands. Buy Skin care, Face care, body care, cleansers, anti-aging products, exfoliating lotions, toners and more at Happy Way Fashion. You will find the most advanced professional skin care as well as wonderful products for the bath, body, lips and the face.

Featured Skin Care Products for Men:

Cleansers for Men: We recommend Shiseido for normal to dry skin for its smooth and gentle feel. Other recommended brands are Clinique, Biotherm and Blossom. All of these brands will leave your skin gentle and Non-dry.

Biotherm Cleanser -Biotherm Homme Non-Drying Facial Cleansing Gel 5.07OZ by BIOTHERM - MENs SkincareBlossom Cleanser -Brooklyn Squeeky Clean Clarifying Shampoo 10OZ by Blossom - UNISEXs SkincareSHISEIDO Cleanser -Men Deep Cleansing Scrub 4.2OZ by Shiseido - MENs Skincare

Body Care for Men: We recommend Aveda, Clinique and Tact products primarily for keeping your skin young, healthy and fresh.

Tact Body Care -Olive Oil & Calendula Soap 4.4OZ by Tact - UNISEXs SkincareAVEDA Body Care -Men Pure-Formance Pomade 2.5OZ by Aveda - MENs Skincare

Facial Care for Men: Clinique products are absolutely the best in this category in our view as they leave your face refreshed, clean, Non-dry and Non-Oily.

Biotherm Cleanser -Homme T-Pur Intense Purifying Scruffing Facial Cleanser 5.07OZ by BIOTHERM - MENs SkincareBlossom Cleanser -Bailey Fresh Start Facial Toner 6.7OZ by Blossom - UNISEXs SkincareCLINIQUE Cleanser -Skin Supplies For Men:Liquid Face Wash Regular Strength 5OZ by Clinique - MENs Skincare

Where to buy the best Skin Care Products for Men at best bargain price?

HappyWayFashion.com has absolutely the best prices and the best bargains out there. Always get Free shipping over $150 and unbeatable everyday low prices.

Boots!

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I love boots.

Brown, black, gray. Straps, buckles, suede.

Boots are popular this time of year! ;)

They look good with leggings, skinny jeans,  regular jeans, skirts, shorts….

Everything.

I prefer the suede

Those are kind of insane, but I like them for some reason.

Love these.

I almost bought some exactly like this the other day.

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You can get these and more at Happywayfashion.com !

Bare Eyes

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If you’re like me, and don’t always want to completely wash your face to take your makeup off

(although you should, I should! ), then you definitely should invest in eye makeup remover.

Bare Escentuals usually makes pretty natural products. This one isn’t really, so if you’re looking for that it might not be the best for you.

BUT, it does really work! 

It’s not as oily as most eye makeup removers are either. 

Not too expensive either.

I like it. Try it!

Halloween Costumes

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High-waisted skirts

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I recently went to a funeral, and I was not looking for fashion trends there, but I noticed at least 8 girls wearing high waisted skirts.

I’ve seen them elsewhere too, all over Atlanta.

Here are some favorites.

 

I really like the second one. The high-waisted skirt with the tights looks so good. 

It’s getting pretty cold too, so that’s actually doable! :)

Michael Jackson: This is it! The last song – What do you think?

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His movie is here 10/28/09. Make sure to go see it on IMAX. I think it will a moving experience. His last song takes the same name as the movie and it surely moves you. Maybe the melancholy over his passing makes the song, the event even greater. But all in all it is really a beautiful song and Michael really touched the world his own little big way. His much anticipated new album also titled as the movie will be released on 10/26/09.

The album’s first disc features some of Michael’s hits, arranged in sequence as they appear in the film. The disc ends with “This Is It,” which includes backup vocals by The Jacksons.

Disc two offers previously unreleased versions of some of his classic tracks.

The song will play at the close of the film, which will feature Jackson’s career highlights and last rehearsals, his publicists said.

Listen now here.

2009 Mtv VMAs.

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There is always something crazy that happens at the VMAs, most of the time having to do with Kanye West.
But let’s not get into that. ;)

One thing that’s always fun about the show is seeing what the celebrities are wearing.
There’s always a trend, and occasionally the accidental matching of two celebs.

This year there was a LOT of little black dresses, and a lot of silver.

The little black dress is a classic, and every girl wears one at some point, and every girl should.
There were good and bad.

Kara DioGuardi looked gorgeous, Lauren Bosworth looked classy, and Amanda Bynes looked cute.
Not a fan of Solange Knowles’, Nelly Furtado’s, or Nicky Hilton’s dresses though.
Nicky Hilton looks a bit like a dominatrix.

The silver dresses were a lot more fun, and bold.

Leighton Meester looked gorgeous, Kristin Cavallari looked great, Alicia Keys looked stunning as usual, and Taylor Swift looked beautiful.
Usually, I love Katy Perry’s choices, but this was not a good one.
Poor Shakira and Pink wore the same dress. I love the dress, but it looks better on Shakira.

Love award shows!

Frisky!

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If you’re like me, and get bored of straight hair, then you probably enjoy trying products like this. 

I personally like the messy scrunched look, and Catwalk’s Frisky does it.

If you’re looking for curls, well, it doesn’t really do that… maybe curl in first? ;)  

It does make your hair wavy though!

The fact that it smells pretty good doesn’t hurt, either.

I like it! 

You can buy it here… 

http://www.happywayfashion.com/catwalk-styling-frisky-scrunching-gel-8-oz-by-tigi-unisexs-haircare-p-13378.html?cPath=2699_2705_2717_2722

Try it out! 

Eyeshadow primers.

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They will change your life.

Well, at least the way you feel about doing your makeup… 

I don’t think we have any on the Happy Way Fashion website yet,                                                                        but you can find them at beauty stores and department store, until we get some! ;)  

This stuff is amazing, I tell you. I didn’t used to really wear makeup to work, because makeup NEVER stayed on my eyes. Now, I wear eyeshadow, because it stays. All. Day.                                                            Not to mention, it makes the eyeshadow colors much brighter!

I use Urban Decay’s, but pretty much every makeup line has it.

So all you ladies should definitely invest in some primer! 

Bumble & Bumble…

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Extra Strength Holding Spray definitely holds!

The first time I used it this is what I did…

Made my hair look insane/wavy, sprayed it with the holding spray, put it in a ponytail, and went to work.

When I came home 7 hours later and took my hair down, it looked just as insane.

It didn’t flatten out or anything, it was still ridiculously curly.

I love this stuff. It works.

Just make sure you don’t spray too much in one spot, or there will be white stuff in your hair.

(Someone is special, and didn’t think about this. ;) )

You can buy it at www.happywayfashion.com, as well as tons of other Bumble & Bumble products!

The State of Africa as seen through the eyes of Obama!

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President Obama is in Africa for a brief stay of 24hrs. He is visiting Ghana on the West Coast of Africa. Ghana formely known as the Gold Coast is one of the few successful democracies in a continent filled with war, despair, poverty,  malnutrition, corruption and dictatorships. Obama hailed his host country on their progress on Democracy but has strong words for the rest of the continent.

Obama spoke quite frankly and directly to the African Leadership and to the new African generation about the duty to rise above corruption, dictatorship, drug trafficking and more. There is absolutely nothing in his remarks that I will dare disagree with. This is indeed the continent of the longest dictatorships in the entire world. Most African President will hold to power against their people and often die in power. They rule by corruption, feeding on the poverty of their people in order to manipulate, corrupt and suck their country dry of anything valuable. This is often done with the Neo-Colonialists in the Western World that sustain this shameful system by provide heavy guns and artillery to the system against their own people. Through the years the world has seen Rwanda, Liberia, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Somalia, Cote D’ Ivoire (Formely know as Ivory Coast), Republic of Congo (formely known as Zaire) and many more fall further into violence, lack of healthcare and outmost inhuman poverty. This is truly absolutely appalling and sad to say about a continent who has many richesses and many bright minds.

Obama wants the Continent to stop blaming the past and to embrace the promise of possibilities and responsibilities. Although it is true that some people in the west benefit from the wars and struggles in Africa, it is even more true that the Economical and social demise of the continent rests in majority in the hands of its leaders that do not know anything about the “government of the people by the people for the people”; democracy in short.

I mean just look at the late Omar Bongo in Gabon for example who bled his country dry while enriching himself. He is the world’s longest serving President to date governing for 41 years with a stong hand.

When longtime dictator Omar Bongo died earlier this month, he left behind at least 66 bank accounts. The first family owned 45 houses in France, including at least 14 in Paris and 11 on the French Riviera. And they boasted of 19 or more luxury cars, including a Bugatti sports model that cost the Republic of Gabon $1.5 million…..

In 1999, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations launched a probe into Bongo’s U.S. accounts. The inquiry revealed that at least $130 million had moved through the president’s Citibank accounts, including $49 million in six months.

Bongo asked the bank to convert $1.6 million into cash for a single family trip to New York in 1995. On another occasion, a third party withdrew $100,000 from Bongo’s account, saying it would be delivered to his son.

When pushed to justify the source of these funds, Citibank told investigators that 8 percent of Gabon’s budget — around $110 million — is set aside each year for discretionary use by the president’s office. Bongo’s personal banker said couriers were sent to bring suitcases of cash back from the oil companies operating in Gabon....” This part of this post was extracted from SouthCoasttoday.com; Read more about Bongo here

I absolutely like what the U.S. President had to say and hopefully this will strike the rise of a new beginning for Africa and the start of a new wave of awareness and awakening around the continent.
One thing that still remains true nonetheless is that it will take a long time for Africa to truly emerge from its current trance and rise to the challenge. Aside from time it will also take the help of Countries like the U.S. and its people. An good example is the progress that is being made now in Liberia only because few years back President George W. bush said enough is enough to the then dictator Charles Taylor and gave him a 48 hr ultimatum to leave power. Sometimes it might take these kind of actions to help the people of this awesome continent.

HOW DOES AFRICA FIND HAPPINESS?

Basically Obama’s response to Africa is this: “Your future is in your own hands but we will stand by you”

President Obama is absolutely right. Sometimes Peace and Happiness come through being able to lean on a friend and the self-determination to find it. Hopefully we will see a change coming in Africa.

Let us know what you think about this story! Leave your comments below.

Watch the video of One of the most beautiful Songs ever! Michael Jackson – The Earth Song

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I mean just listen to the lyrics of this song; the earth song by the late Michael Jackson. See the last sentence of the lyrics!

If you ever loved anything I don’t see how this song cannot move you. And his passion singing it, his voice, the right emotions. Michael Jackson knew something about something.

I dare not mourn you Michael! You are now with the kings; for you remain one of the kings that this world can never understand. You are king forever even through all the trials of this world. Be finally at peace Michael! You are forever loved!

The Lyrics – Michael Jackson – The Earth Song

What about sunrise
What about rain
What about all the things
That you said we were to gain.. .
What about killing fields
Is there a time
What about all the things
That you said was yours and mine…
Did you ever stop to notice
All the blood we’ve shed before
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores?

Aaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaah

What have we done to the world
Look what we’ve done
What about all the peace
That you pledge your only son…
What about flowering fields
Is there a time
What about all the dreams
That you said was yours and mine…
Did you ever stop to notice
All the children dead from war
Did you ever stop to notice
The crying Earth the weeping shores

Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaah

I used to dream
I used to glance beyond the stars
Now I don’t know where we are
Although I know we’ve drifted far

Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaaah
Aaaaaaaaaaah Aaaaaaaaaaaah

Hey, what about yesterday
(What about us)
What about the seas
(What about us)
The heavens are falling down
(What about us)
I can’t even breathe
(What about us)
What about the bleeding Earth
(What about us)
Can’t we feel its wounds
(What about us)
What about nature’s worth
(ooo,ooo)
It’s our planet’s womb
(What about us)
What about animals
(What about it)
We’ve turned kingdoms to dust
(What about us)
What about elephants
(What about us)
Have we lost their trust
(What about us)
What about crying whales
(What about us)
We’re ravaging the seas
(What about us)
What about forest trails
(ooo, ooo)
Burnt despite our pleas
(What about us)
What about the holy land
(What about it)
Torn apart by creed
(What about us)
What about the common man
(What about us)
Can’t we set him free
(What about us)
What about children dying
(What about us)
Can’t you hear them cry
(What about us)
Where did we go wrong
(ooo, ooo)
Someone tell me why
(What about us)
What about babies
(What about it)
What about the days
(What about us)
What about all their joy
(What about us)
What about the man
(What about us)
What about the crying man
(What about us)
What about Abraham
(What was us)
What about death again
(ooo, ooo)
Do we give a damn

Betsey Johnson!

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She’s definitely one of my favorite designers, if not my favorite. She’s unique and funky.

(In case you haven’t noticed, I do like “unique” clothing and accessories.)

She has awesome clothes, bags, shoes jewelry, and even perfumes (that you can purchase on www.happywayfashion.com).

You can find her stuff in malls and boutiques, or online. Celebrities love her. We love her.

She uses a lot of different patters in her clothing, you won’t find anything boring in her line.

It’s all very girly, too!  :)

Here are a couple things that are currently on her website that I love/want.

Katy Perry

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Katy Perry definitely has a very retro style.

Some of her fashion choices remind me of Lady Gaga. 

Katy’s got a much more classic, girl-next-door look though.

But provocative and sexy at the same time.  

I think she is the reason hot pants are back.

(I’m a fan of those. Might write about them later!)

She likes those bangles apparently! :)  

Retro swimsuit! 

She’s gorgeous! Travis McCoy is a lucky man. ;)