Sandra Mariscal

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Curly Qs: DevaCurl No-Poo

When it comes to shampooing, I like to see and feel the suds. Maybe this is because I don’t shampoo my hair everyday, so when I do, I like to really scrub my scalp and remove any product buildup from my strands. But did you know that a shampoo's ability to lather has nothing to do with its ability to clean? Contrary to popular belief, the ingredients that create bubbles aren’t the active ingredients that cleanse your hair. We are just accustomed to thinking more suds equal cleaner hair.


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Does This Really Work: Nail Gel

Do your nails chip at the worst possible moments? Like right after a manicure, or just before a date? My nails chip easily, so I’m usually trying different nail strengtheners in an effort to solve that problem. I just tried Perfect Formula Gel Coat ($21, qvc.com). It’s a thick clear polish made with keratin, which is a protein naturally found in nails, and calcium to help make nails stronger.


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Curly Qs: The Joy of Seda

I’ve been using this amazingly creamy leave-in conditioner called Seda for years. It makes my curls look defined and feel soft, and it controls the frizz factor. Of course, there’s a catch—the only place I can buy it is at a Brazilian bodega in my hometown in New Jersey. I mentioned this to two curly-haired colleagues one day when we were discussing our favorite products. They both told me they use an amazingly creamy leave-in conditioner called Sedal (and they're not the only ones, I've heard rave reviews about this brand before).


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Does This Really Work: Supersmile Tongue Cleaner

Nobody wants to have bad breath. Research has shown that not cleaning your tongue can lead to this desagradable odor. According to Dr. Irwin Smigel, who created Supersmile teeth whitening and oral care products, 85% of odor-causing bacteria lives on the tongue. So it’s important to clean your tongue to get rid of these germs the way you remember to brush your teeth and floss.


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Curly Qs: Summer Hair Essential

Do you ladies let your hair loose when you're on a beach vacation or by a pool? I was never able to let my curls loose because as soon as they got wet and the leave-in was washed out, my hair would become a frizz ball. My usual ritual was gathering it all up into a bun to conceal the mess. This would also help me avoid the drying effects of salt water, chlorine and even the sun, which can strip color.


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Does This Really Work: Men-Attracting Lip Gloss

I don’t know how many men normally like kissing gals who wear gloss, but Urban Decay’s Pocket Rocket Lip Gloss ($18, sephora.com) actually helps lure in the opposite sex, thanks to the pheromone-infused ink used to create the writing on the container. Pheromones are chemicals that are undetectable to the nose, but can trigger a sexual mood when released.


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Curly Qs: Heat Wrap Trick

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting Kurt Hez Lowry, an Aveda master hairstylist. Among other things, we talked about conditioning treatments and how to do them at home. He filled me in on a cheap alternative to using a heat cap for deep treatments: When you feel your hair is in need of some extra TLC, use a deep-conditioning leave-in treatment or mask on strands—then, instead of covering hair in a heat cap, Kurt says you can use cellophane to wrap your hair! And who doesn’t have clear wrap in their kitchen?


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