Sandra Mariscal

Curly Qs Video: My Mizani Natural Curl Key Makeover

Do you ever have questions about how to maintain your hair, but don’t have time to go to the salon? I’m always on the lookout for ways to keep my locks looking their best with the help of new products. I have to tell you about my latest discovery: The Mizani Natural Curl Key. This is an online tool that is broken down into eight different hair textures, from straight to very curly. It helps you decipher your specific texture and find out what it needs.


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Curly Qs: Scalp Soothers

Suffering from an itchy scalp? Dry, cold air can make skin lose moisture and feel itchy. Whenever I start scratching my scalp, I reach for SoftSheen-Carson Optimum Oil Therapy Dry Scalp Leave-In Treatment ($5, drugstores) and apply a small amount on troubled spots. This light cream calms any irritation with essential oils from coconut, olive, avocado and jojoba. It doesn’t make my hair greasy and has a nice floral scent.


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Does This Really Work: No-Lather Body Cleanser

Have you ever had a paraffin treatment? It’s a spa service where your hands or feet are dipped into a coat of warm paraffin wax (which contains paraffin oil so it’s not as sticky as regular wax and doesn’t pull hairs). Then the area you are treating is covered in plastic for a few minutes. Later, the layers are removed in order to smoothen your skin. I received this treatment once and still remember how soft my hands felt afterwards.


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Inside Her Makeup Bag: Kate del Castillo

You may recognize her from countless telenovelas. Now Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is coproducing and starring in her own online Web novela called Vidas Cruzadas on Univision.com. Castillo, 37, believes these Mexican soap operas are one of the country’s greatest contributions to American culture. She’s also joined the L’Oréal Paris girls club as its newest spokesperson. Growing up in Mexico City, “I was like a tomboy, riding bikes and going to parks,” Castillo says. She’s glammed up her game since; here, her star beauty picks.


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Curly Qs: Non-drying Shampoos Part 2

Ladies, I’ve found a few more great shampoos that don’t make my strands feel like hay. I just couldn’t keep this all to myself, so here are the details on the shampoos I’m loving now:


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Does This Really Work? Coiled Tweezers

My skin is sensitive and gets red easily, so I can’t use wax on my face. For my eyebrows, I usually either tweeze them myself, or get them threaded. Threading is a form of hair removal where a cotton thread is twisted against the skin to pull hair from the roots.


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Curly Qs: Homemade Aguacate Mask

I’ve always been curious about at-home hair and face masks. Do they really work? I decided to find out a couple of days ago when we received a gift basket in the office with Avocados from Mexico (you can find them at your local grocery store). I checked the brand’s website, www.avocadosfrommexico.com , and found recipes for easy-to-make beautifying treatments using avocados, along with some yummy recipes for dinner too.


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