Candace Lightbourne Serves Grown & Sexy Vibes

Hello lovely,

After shooting the Dawkins family, I’ve been itching to get behind my camera again. Two weeks ago I shared a fun, bright and colourful shoot with my three year old goddaughter and today I’m sharing a semi-editorial style shoot with my co-worker. The interesting part is that both of these shoots were done at the same place. That was kind of a challenge for me to create two completely unique shoots using the same property. But it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be because one look was meant to be playful while the other was meant to give a grown and sexy vibe.

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Light retouching and playing around with some new presets in Lightroom produced a look that I am more than pleased with and I think Candace was too with the entire experience. I love the dark and stormy vibe and can’t wait to do more shoots with this theme.

Watch the Video below and don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more videos. I’ll be doing more vlogs this year, talking about clothing hauls, relationships, mental health tips and even sex, so you don’t want to miss that!

How To Get My Back to School Hairstyle

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Going back to school is a HUGE event! The uniforms, the snacks, the traffic! AHHHHHHHHH! It's a nightmare. This year I changed schools so I had a lot of anxiety to deal with. Of course, I wanted to make a great first impression, so I needed the right back to school look. It took FOREVER to plan the right outfit, but with a lot of strategic pre-planning, I survived my first week on my new job! YAY!

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One of the ways I pre-planned was with a new protective style. I fell in love with this style when I saw it on Tamera Mowry on Pinterest, and thought it would be beautiful but simple! When I told my stylist she was super excited and immediately onboard. The sides are straightforward: two braids that join at the end. We weren't completely sure about the front middle section so I allowed my stylist to freestyle and she did not disappoint! I only expected this to last the first week of school, but it's still holding up pretty well thanks to my awesome stylist!

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This hairstyle is inspired by a hairstyle Tamera Mowry rocked. I scoured the internet looking for other angles of this hairstyle but found none so my hairstylist had to improvise just a little. She always gets my vision and I love her for that! After a wash and deep treatment, we stretched my hair, then started styling. Check out the video below to see the full details on my back to school hairstyle. It's super easy to do and would be perfect for semi-formal functions. After all, what's classier than a high ponytail?

This is The Best Way to Increase Hair Growth

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Everyone is looking for the secret to hair growth. If you're like me, you've probably tried and tested over a dozen myths for stimulating hair growth. Whether it's brushing your hair 100 times a day or standing on your head to increase blood flow to the scalp, I'm sure we've all done something silly thinking it'll make our hair grow faster. But has anyone ever thought of simply eating well and exercising? While most people work out in order to lose weight, get fit, or relieve stress, many fail to consider how exercising can affect your hair health. There's still a lot of untruth out there but there are a few undisputed facts.

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Stress Reduction

An element that most adults can benefit from, stress reduction is important for every healthy, well-adjusted adult. A fairly well-known fact, exercising regularly has the ability to improve one’s mood as well as keep mental disorders such as seasonal depression at bay. Moreover, given that an abundance of stress is said to cause hair shedding, by reducing your stress levels, you will also be inadvertently reinforcing your natural hair health. Stress is stressful for your hair. When you are stressed, your body produces stress hormones (cortisone). Stress hormones affect your whole body, and may also cause hair loss. 

How important is exercise for healthy hair?

Exercise is one of the Important Key for good health and good hair. When we exercise we sweat. Through sweat, toxins and waste substances are flushed out from the skin pores, giving us a fresh and radiant skin. Likewise, when we sweat from our scalp, it helps to unclog the hair follicles, giving enough space for the new hair to grow. Exercising also increases blood flow to our muscles, skin and scalp. The increased blood flow brings with it more nutrients and more oxygen. This provides nourishment to the hair roots, and thereby promoting healthy hair growth. Some of the effects of exercising are comparable to effects of oil massage. Both exercise and oil massage can increase blood circulation, open clogged pores and has relaxing effect over all. 

The effects of exercise are not just limited to hair, but your whole being will feel happy and healthy. Plus not exercising and eating healthy is like applying oil on the scalp and leaving it on without massaging. Its doesn’t help much. So even if we may we eat healthy, by not exercising we deprive our muscles, skin and scalp of effective nutrients exchange. The result is lifeless skin and hair.

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People generally think exercising is very time consuming

There are lot of myths associated with exercise. Firstly you don’t have to go to gym and exercise for hours. You can exercise at your very home or nearby park or ground. You can start with 5 minutes of brisk walk and then gradually build up on that. Secondly shun the stereotypes and find an activity that you enjoy like dance, martial art such as Taekwondo, Tai Chi, or any sport or physical activity. It’s all about reprogramming your thoughts and having fun with it.

Hair growth is affected by many different factors but in the end, there is still one universal truth: Exercise is beneficial for all-around growth. So get active and watch the changes!

3 Tips for Protecting Your Hair at Night

3 Tips for Protecting Your Hair at Night

Caring for your hair as you sleep is just as important as caring for it when you’re awake, and even more-so because what you do before bed can be the difference between your curls being on point and being a big matted mess in the morning. Whether you’re rocking a TWA or waist-length Locs, it is important to protect your hair as you sleep in order to retain moisture and preserve your style. 
 

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If Your Natural Hair Could Talk What Would It Say?

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When I got an email from Black Hair Information with this title, I thought, "What a silly title". But then I got thinking, this would make an excellent game to play! So I posed this question to the wonderful people in a Natural Hair group on Facebook and they sure did have fun with it! I was excited to see what their responses would be, and it would overwhelmingly positive. I was so happy to see so many black women loving their hair, and even making jokes about it. 

Now I know everyone doesn't talk to their hair, but everyone really should. Here's what the ladies had to say about their hair.

Aisha: My hair IS saying.. Look, I over stand the struggle, but on the real you ain't showing me no love. Can you please wash me already???!!!! 

Aisha: My hair IS saying.. Look, I over stand the struggle, but on the real you ain't showing me no love. Can you please wash me already???!!!! 

Antanette: Mine would say, thank you for ending the torture of chemical straightening, and constant heat. You take so much better care of me now I appreciate that!

Antanette: Mine would say, thank you for ending the torture of chemical straightening, and constant heat. You take so much better care of me now I appreciate that!

Mine would say .....dis gal is jus to care free......put me in 1 plz ....kml

Mine would say .....dis gal is jus to care free......put me in 1 plz ....kml

Camille: Mine would say, "I can get used to these twist outs" 

Camille: Mine would say, "I can get used to these twist outs" 

Charmaine: This could be us but you playing!

Charmaine: This could be us but you playing!

Chiara: So it's like that huh?!

Chiara: So it's like that huh?!

Marie: Mine would be like this does Not look like that YouTube tutorial smh

Marie: Mine would be like this does Not look like that YouTube tutorial smh

Me:  Mine is saying, "Okay you think you bad cause your hair still straight? Watch for you when you finally wash me!"

Me:  Mine is saying, "Okay you think you bad cause your hair still straight? Watch for you when you finally wash me!"

Nelly: Mines would say hello beautiful thanks for always keeping me protected from the heat and wind

Nelly: Mines would say hello beautiful thanks for always keeping me protected from the heat and wind

Rae: Mine would say "waaaater! Waaaaaater!" Lol

Rae: Mine would say "waaaater! Waaaaaater!" Lol

Reah: Mines would say get to together. Not everyday has to be a bad hair day, you can't rock every YouTube hair tutorial style all at once!

Reah: Mines would say get to together. Not everyday has to be a bad hair day, you can't rock every YouTube hair tutorial style all at once!

Regina: Mine is saying, I love you just as much as you love me! thank you for treating me so well.

Regina: Mine is saying, I love you just as much as you love me! thank you for treating me so well.

Sandena: My natural hair: How dare you cover me up under your weave?  Me: I'm only trying to protect you boo boo

Sandena: My natural hair: How dare you cover me up under your weave?

Me: I'm only trying to protect you boo boo

Sydra: Mine would say, "sooooo u allowed me to go back natural just to throw crochet braids on me?!" 

Sydra: Mine would say, "sooooo u allowed me to go back natural just to throw crochet braids on me?!" 

Tejada: My hair would say: shrinkage you bi...

Tejada: My hair would say: shrinkage you bi...

Tiffany: Mine would say, "Who asked you for colour? Ya too fresh and ya better not cause me to drop or else!"

Tiffany: Mine would say, "Who asked you for colour? Ya too fresh and ya better not cause me to drop or else!"

Ynise: Mine would say, "Hello, loverrrrrr!....FREEDOMMMM!!!!"

Ynise: Mine would say, "Hello, loverrrrrr!....FREEDOMMMM!!!!"

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