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Hair Brush Guide

wide combWide Tooth Comb
Wet hair is weak and easily broken and susceptible to breakage, so for working out snarls and snags from any type of hair, use a wide tooth comb instead.  A detangling  wide tooth comb is great for getting knots out on the go.

rat tailRat tail Comb
The long handle on this type of comb makes sectioning hair to create cool braids. Not only does that pointed end help you achieve the most precise line possible, but the thin teeth also help smooth strands down so that you don’t have flyaways around your crown.

teasing-brushTeasing Brush
Perfect for all h  air lengths and types, the teasing brush is used for backcombing, which adds significant amounts of volume to parts of the hair at the root. For hair with layers, use this brush that can lift hair section by section.

round brushRound Brush
Round bristle brushes also help create serious volume. There are many different sizes. The way to pick the right size is the smaller the brush, the tighter the curl is. Try blasting the section of hair with cold air before you take out the brush, since this will help set the style. Many round brushes are made of ceramic or tourmaline and vented in the center, which speeds up dryin  g and protects hair from heat.

naturalNatural Bristle Brush
To be extra kind to delicate hair, look for a brush with especially soft natural bristles set in a rubber cushion, which makes bristles more flexible in the hair and gentler on the scalp. It gentle on the hair, helps smooth the cuticle, and redistributes sebum throughout the strand to moisturize and create a beautiful, glossy finish.

syntheticSynthetic Bristle Brush
Synthetic bristle brush usually made from nylon. They are not as conditioning as natural bristles, but they can be helpful in detangling, especially for thicker hair. When it comes to blow-drying, t  hough, stick to natural bristles. synthetic bristles are best for super thick hair types. They don’t create as much static as natural versions, like boar.

mix brush Mixed Bristle Brush
To get the perfect combo of a boar bristle’s shiny hair benefits plus a synthetic’s detangling powers, go for a mixed bristle brush. They are gentle enough and provide medium tension, making them suitable for all hair textures. The mixed bristles of this brush help to give you a touchable softness while distributing your natural oils for a glamorous shine.

Vented brushvented comb
It’s best for thick, Coarse Hair These
brushes have holes or slits through the back and are designed to help decrease blow-drying time by allowing air to flow through the brush.


paddle brushPaddle brush
A paddle brush is usually quite large, flat and wide. These paddle brushes are best for keeping long, straight, or wavy hair smooth and sleek without adding volume. The extra surface area makes the task of brushing long hair go by more quickly. A paddle brush with rubber cushion helps decrease friction, so you won’t have any static.

Tips for Men’s Sexual Health

Healthy dietA healthy lifestyle, from the food you eat to the exercise you do can make you look and feel better, and improve your sex life too.By eating healthy foods that are rich in nutrients and low in fats, you will keep your “sexual” system in good working order. “Obesity can shift the balance between estrogen and testosterone,” says Michael Krychman, MD, executive director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine in Newport Beach, Calif. And low testosterone can bring down your sex drive.

Regular exercise – Physical fitness can improve your blood circulation, which in theory can make sex more pleasurable since sexual arousal for both men and women involves increased blood flow to the genital area. Men who live a “couch potato” lifestyle may soon find themselves with sexual problems.  By “getting up and moving” you will be taking an active role in maintaining your sexual health.  Exercise can boosts endorphins, which lift your mood, and it can increase your energy.

Stop smoking – Doctors agree that smoking can be a major cause of sexual dysfunction in men.  It’s well known that smoking can have a terrible affect on blood flow to the sexual organs as it causes the blood vessels to narrow. Smoking damages the small arteries that feed blood to the penis, making it difficult at times to maintain an erection. It also saps your stamina. For those who plan to have kids in future, smoking can reduce your sperm count and quality.

Moderate your alcohol intake – Too much wine, however, reduces men’s sex drive and women who drink too much are more likely to have sex but less likely to enjoy it.  Alcohol may make you feel sexier by lowering inhibitions, but it also reduces sex drive, causes erection problems, and often times impairs the ability to have an orgasm.

Avoid illegal substances – Unfortunately, some men will take illegal drugs to get high, thinking that it will enhance their sexual experience.  But it most cases, it has the opposite effect.  If you want to avoid erectile dysfunction (ED), then avoid illegal substances.

Stress management – Stress can leave you feeling exhausted, worried, uptight and very nervous, and can also lead to sexual problems as well.  If you allow stress to manage your life, instead of the other way around, your life will soon feel as if it is out of control.  Too much stress increases the stress hormone cortisol, which causes testosterone to plummet, affecting your sex drive.

Yearly check-up – To maintain and monitor your overall (and sexual) health, you should make sure that you have a physical exam at least once a year. See your doctor for regular medical checkups to help you stay healthy and to pick up early warning signs of disease or illness example heart disease, erectile dysfunction (ED), etc.

Aphrodisiac foods – Oysters, the richest source of zinc, nourish the prostate gland and boost testosterone production. It contains antioxidants and trace elements necessary for good sexual functioning. Pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts and almonds, are rich in the amino acid arginine, boosting levels of blood to the genitals, making them natural Viagra.

How to Choose a Lender

Choosing a lender is a very important part of the process of refinancing a home. Understanding the different refinancing options and knowing how each of these options work is very important but none of this matters at all if the house owner is unable to find a lender who is willing to offer them the rates and terms they are seeking. One simple way to make it easier is to ask for advice from friends or family members who recently refinanced. Additionally, house owners can do their own research to determine which lenders are able to offer them the best rate. Finally the house owner should determine whether or not the finances should be the governing factor in choosing a lender. Surprisingly enough, in most cases it is not.

Ask for Advice from Friends and Family Members

Friends and family members who recently refinanced can be a house owner’s most valuable resource in the process of selecting a lender. These friends and family members are so valuable because they will most likely be willing to offer you a quite candid opinion of the lender they used. This opinion may be either positive or negative but in either case it is useful to the homeowner. If the opinion is negative the house owner can remove this lender from their list of lenders to consider.

Comparison Shop

Those who want to know which lender is offering them the best interest rate and financial terms should do a great deal of comparison shopping. The house owner may even consider requesting quotes from each and every lender. This should make it perfectly clear which lenders are willing to offer the house owner more favorable rates. When comparing these quotes all of the factors should be considered to ensure the quotes are being compared fairly. For example each quote should be broken down to determine the monthly savings, total savings, etc.

Consider More than Finances

Finally, while interest rates, loan terms and other financial matters are all certainly important none of these are more important than being treated fairly by the lender. For this reason, the house owner should carefully consider all of their lenders and should determine whether or not they feel as though the lender is responsive to his needs. For example, a lender who does not return calls in a timely fashion or answer questions truthfully and accurately may not be the ideal lender for a house owner even if he is the lender who is offering the most favorable rates.

Additionally, house owners should trust their instincts regarding their trust in the lender. Some lenders simply do not appear to know what they are talking about. House owners might be inclined to avoid these individuals because they may end up doing more harm than good during the refinancing process. Conversely some house owners may be immediately impressed by the honesty and intelligence of another lender. In most cases, the homeowner would likely choose the second lender as long as the rates offered by each lender were comparable.