Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 2011!

Hi to all my wonderful supporters. I want to wish you all a very happy new year. I love the new year so much because it gives everyone a fresh start, almost like a wave of fresh air into our lives. It's a time to make longer-term plans and be optimistic about life. So much is ahead! I want you all to inhale that fresh breeze deep into your lungs, seize that feeling, and take a big step toward your goals. Don't let one more day go by. Now is the time to do it! Stay on that path and fight whatever obstacles come to pass because they inevitably will. Do not lose sight of your long-term desire for a short-term want. So whatever it is in your life that you want to "make happen" for yourself, write down in a special book one line each night of what you did to take a step toward that goal. It will help to keep you motivated, and it will be so much fun to go back and read once you achieve your goal.

I wish you so much luck, happiness, good health and cheer in this coming wonderful new year. I'll have many more new tips for you so please check back often.

See you on YouTube,

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Delicious and Easy Oreo Truffles

I want to share with you a delicious treat that's easy to make and a favorite of so many. It's the always loved chocolate truffle. This one, however, has a special twist; it has an Oreo center and it's covered in a hard chocolate shell. Yummy! I served them as one of my Christmas desserts this year and they were a big hit so I want to share them with you. Here's the recipe. I hope you enjoy:


1 Package of Oreo cookies (not double stuff)- I suggest the reduced-fat Oreos to save on calories

1 bar of cream cheese (I suggest using 1/3 less fat Neufchatel Cream Cheese, again saves calories)

One 12 oz bag of Semi-Sweet or Dark Chocolate Morsels

Mix one package of Oreo cookies in your food processor (Cuisinart)until fine.
Next, cut one bar of cream cheese into 4 pieces and add to cookie crumbs in Cuisinart. Mix until well blended.

Next, line tray with wax paper. Form cookie/cream cheese mixture into small balls (whatever size you want them to be)and place them on the wax paper-lined tray.

When done forming the balls, place them into the refrigerator to chill while you melt the chocolate morsels. Melt 1/2 a bag at a time. I like to melt the morsels in a small saucepan on low heat on the stove. Stir chips quite often while melting them. You can also melt them in the microwave.

Next, remove tray of oreo balls from fridge. Roll oreo ball in warm melted chocolate using two forks to help move it around until it is covered with melted chocolate. Lift out of pot and let excess chocolate drip off. Then place back on wax paper on tray. You dip in sprinkles onto the top of the truffle for a colorful look. Once all balls are coated, place truffles back into the refrigerator so that the outer chocolate coating can hardened. Once hardened, you can remove them from the tray and place in your holiday tin or onto a serving plate. Let them chill about an hour before serving. Store them in the refrigerator and bring them out when you serve them.


Happy Holidays!!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Trim Down Fat and Calories from Your Favorite Comfort Foods!

With the holidays upon us, our minds immediately go to thoughts of yummy dishes and desserts. I know my family starts talking about their favorite dishes that I make but once a year for the holidays,as soon as September rolls around. I'm sure this is the case with you and your family.

Foods can be such a comfort to us, especially in the cold winter months, not only because they taste so wonderful, but because they bring back many happy memories and traditions. Unfortunately, many of our favorite comfort foods are high in fat and calories. But don't fret because there are ways to trim down some of your heart-warming family favorites. Just making some small changes to the ingredients can help reduce a lot of the fat contents, as well as salt and empty calories. Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

1. If you are making a dip that calls for cream cheese, be sure to use the 1/3 less fat variety, or substitute 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese blended with 1/2 cup of fat-free cream cheese. Adding crushed garlic and other spices can really spruce it up too. Serve with whole-grain crackers.

2. Instead of using heavy cream when making creamy soups or casseroles, use fat-free evaporated milk instead.

3. Add lots of fiber and protein to your soups and stews by adding beans. They will not change the taste of what you are making and they are extremely healthy for you.

4. Substitute applesauce for butter and oil in your baked goods. Just a 1/2 cup apple sauce equals 1 cup of oil or butter.

5. Many people like to put out a plate of cookies or candies to decorate their table during the holidays and for guests to nibble on when they stop by. Why not put out a bowl of nuts with a nut cracker handy and some fresh fruit like clementines, or oranges and apples. Fruit goes great with nuts and is a wonderful snack. Be sure the fruit is washed and ready to eat.

6. When making your favorite homemade pies and breads, be sure to use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour. You will add lots of fiber and turn your simple-sugar dessert bread into a complex carbohydrate food bread.

7. Remember eggs are good for us, but for those who love to eat them and are watching their cholesterol as well, why not use egg beaters to cook with instead of whole eggs. Your dishes come out just as wonderful, you can eat the batter if you like (no worries about salmonella because they are pasteurized), and you can save the eggs in your diet for eating them as a meal where you can really enjoy them rather than in baked goods.

8. When making anything with ground beef, try substituting ground turkey instead. There is much less fat and cholesterol and your dishes taste virtually the same.

9. Love sausage? Try chicken sausage in your dishes or just at it plain. It has much less fat and is absolutely delicious!

10. When making mashed potatoes, eliminate the butter and use only skim milk to make them. They come out just as wonderfully fluffy and you save tons of calories.

Remember, you can enjoy desserts and yummy foods, just watch your portion size. Eating a small portion of dessert will help you fit dessert into your meal plan without sacrificing nutrition or your slim figure!

Happy Holidays and I'll see you on YouTube,
- YouTips4U

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Soothe Your Cough Naturally

This is the time of year that we often get colds and coughs. If you are looking for a wonderful natural cough soother, try a cup of ginger tea with honey. You can make this fresh yourself so easily. Just grate a piece of fresh gingerroot into a mug and pour boiling water over it. Place a small plate over your mug to trap in the steam and help it stay warm while it steeps. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes, then place some honey into it to taste and drink up. It is one of the most effective cough relievers, and the honey helps to soothe your dry or soar throat. It's a favorite in my house, and I hope it will be in yours as well!

Stay well and I'll see you on YouTube,

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shaving Your Legs Tip!

To help avoid ingrown hairs, rashes and red bumps when you shave your legs, be sure that you do not have goose bumps on your legs when you shave. This happens quite quickly when we lift our leg out of the warm water stream to shave it while resting it against the side of the tub. The sudden exposure to cooler air produces goosebumps, especially in the winter months. Be sure to wait until they go away and your skin returns to its smooth normal texture before shaving, or you will undoubtedly shave off bits of your skin along with the hair. Also, because the skin is raised with the goose bumps, so is the hair follicle causing you to shave too close which leads to ingrown hairs. Please visit my YouTube Channel for more helpful videos on shaving. Here is the link: YouTips4U. When you're on my channel page, simply enter key words into the search bar on the far right to see my videos of interest.

I hope you found this tip helpful in preventing razor rashes!

See you on YouTube,

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Did You Know?

Here are seven helpful health and diet fact tips that you may not know, but should. Did you know that:

1. Hot pepper can help you slim down. Hot peppers contain a compound called capsaicin which is what give the peppers their kick. Capsaicin raises your core body temperature which causes you to burn more calories. The hotter the peppers, the greater the metabolic effect. Try adding them to sauces, curries, and chili.

2. Organic snacks may have more calories than their non-organic equivalent. Many people believe that when they buy an organic snack, like cookies, for example, that they will have less fat and calories than if they buy the same cookie in the non-organic variety. Organic cookies may contain ingredients grown without synthetic pesticides, but in some cases they can have more calories. So be sure to read the label to see the calorie and fat count.

3. One single Broccoli stalk contains more than a day's worth of Vitamin C. So when you eat broccoli, don't forget that the stalks are important for you too. I peel them and steam them right along with my florets.

4. People who graze lose more weight than people who eat the same amount of food and calories, but have it in three meals. Grazing keeps your metabolism raised, your blood sugar steady and helps minimize the storage of excess fat. Remember to keep portions smaller. So instead of three meals a day, eat 6 and help your body use it's own process to naturally lose weight.

5. Olive oil loses its antioxidant properties over time. Don't leave olive oil near the stove, or uncapped for too long because it is sensitive to oxygen, heat and light. If you don't use it often, buy it in small bottles and keep it in a cool dark place.

5. The secret of long lasting nail polish is not in the polish, but in the top coat. Many nail salons order top coats that dry fast and chip more easily. I say, buy your own and bring it with you to the salon, or simply do your nails yourself at home. My favorite top coat is Revlon Top Coat available at most drugstores.

6. Keeping your cuts covered and moist will help them fade faster and may hopefully leave the most minimal trace of a scar depending on the severity of the cut. Many people think you need to keep a cut uncovered to let it heal and breathe. This is not true and cuts actually heal better when covered. Also, a covered cut is protected from bacteria entering the skin.

7. Digging in your purse is the most common way that women damage their cuticles. Please pay close attention to this when you are going into your purse. Damaged cuticles lead to poor nail growth and infections.

I will have more "Did You Know" posts upcoming. Please be sure to subscribe to my blog so you'll be notified whenever I post. Thank you and I'll see you on YouTube,


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Should Your Skin Feel Squeaky Clean After Washing?

The answer is no. Many of us were taught that in order to be clean our skin has to feel squeaky clean, however, unless your skin feels soft and supple after you cleanse it, your cleanser could be too harsh. Washing your face daily is very important and necessary to remove acne-causing bacteria, makeup, oil, and dead skin cells, however, harsh detergents and overwashing can actually trigger breakouts from excessive oil production and increase the appearance of fine lines. Your body will compensate for the lack of moisture and natural oils and start producing too much. It's best to use a gentle cleanser with hydrators. My favorite is Purpose Soap-Free Cleanser; in the pump bottle. It washes away dirt,oils, and bacteria, without stripping the skin of all of it's necessary moisture and is available at most drugstores. You will really feel the difference.


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Finding Time to Exercise

Many of my YouTube viewers, as well as my blogspot readers, often write me because they are frustrated that they are not exercising enough. Many would like to, but feel they just don't have the time to fit it into their already very busy schedule. Well, I have a great suggestion for you that will help you get the maximum health benefits of exercise in the least amount of time. I hope you will give it a try. It's called interval training and it works! When my children were very small, I did not have a lot of time for exercise, as most new moms will find, so I had to maximize the little bit of time I did have. I still do them when I am pressed for time, as we all often are, and I love them. Because you know they are going to be short and work great, you are more inclined to be psyched to do them. The feeling of getting it over with quickly helps motivate you to do it. Now, interval training can be done with any exercise that you want to do whether it be biking, jogging, walking, treadmill, elliptical machine, or stair master. Here's how it works:

1. Start with a 3 minute warm-up where you keep the level lower and stable.

2. Next, you do ten 60-second intervals (10 minutes) where you alternate 30 seconds of fast pace with 30 seconds of normal pace.

3. Then, you do eight 30-second intervals (4 minutes) where you alternate 15 seconds at and even faster pace (the highest intensity you can safely do) with 15 seconds of normal pace.

4. Finally, you have your 3-minute cool down.

That cardio workout was a total of 20 minutes.

If you have a bit more time to spend or would like to do a 30-minute interval workout for more challenge, you would just add a bit more time to the workout as follows:

1. Start with a 3 minute warm-up where you keep the pace lower and stable.

2. Next, you do seventeen 60-second intervals (17 minutes) where you alternate 30 seconds of fast pace with 30 seconds of normal pace.

3. Then, you do fourteen 30-second intervals (7 minutes) where you alternate 15 seconds at and even faster pace (the highest intensity you can safely do) with 15 seconds of normal pace.

4. Finally, you have your 3-minute cool down at a slower pace.

Interval training is excellent for burning more fat and calories than steady-speed exercising and takes less time.

See you on YouTube!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Tips for Coping with Stress, Especially During the Holidays

With the holiday season just around the corner, I think it's a great time to give you some tips for helping you cope with stress which is often exacerbated during the holidays. Remember to keep things in perspective and try not to get too caught up in the hustle and bustle of gift giving and parties that you lose the big picture which is spending time with the ones you love and doing simple things like watching Christmas stories and baking cookies.

When stress lasts too long, it can have an exhausting effect on our bodies, often leading to illness or flu because we let ourselves get run down. So what can we do so that we can handle life's stresses easier? Well, the secret is to play a little offense. Here are some tips to help arm you against stress:

1. Maintain a balanced diet. Many times we are running around trying to make it all work in a day that we forget to eat, or we grab empty calories here and there. Prepare some healthy meals ahead of time and keep them in the fridge so it's available for you to either take along with you, or to whip up quick when you get home by simply reheating it in the microwave.

2. Drink enough fluids. Migraines, urinary tract infections, and various colds can all spring up when we are under stress and dehydrated which often happens while shopping and working late hours. So keep a water bottle with you in the mall and on your desk at work so you can stay hydrated throughout the day.

3. Don't keep your home too warm. Excessive heat dries out your nasal passages and mucus membranes which can lead to coughs and colds. So put on a warm sweater and keep the heat low.

4. Stop what you are doing periodically and just inhale deeply, paying close attention to your breathing and the movement and feel of air in and out of of your nose. Do this little meditation for a few minutes several times a day. It will help calm you and relieve stress. Great when your in traffic too!

5. Exercise! Do not let that fall by the wayside. This is the most important time to exercise. It will help relieve stress and give you more energy to complete all the holiday tasks that seem to pile up out of no where.

6. Go outside each day; even if it's only for 10 minutes. Get outside and walk. Taking in fresh air and getting out of your home or office will help give you perspective and refresh you. Sunshine is also a wonderful mood booster.

7. Have a little chocolate, or pasta. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants which are very healthy for fighting disease, and it's a wonderful serotonin booster for your brain as is pasta (preferably whole grain). So if you need an instant boost, grab a bit of dark chocolate and a handful of nuts, or have a little bowl of pasta with some garlic, basil and olive oil. It's a great snack and mood booster.

8. Spend some time with your pet. A little extra time playing with your dog will go a long way toward destressing and can boost serotonin levels in the brain. Don't have a pet, ask a neighbor or friend if you can walk their dog or offer to stop by when they are out to visit their kitty. Many studies have shown pets can be very therapeutic and wonderful companions.

9. Be sure to get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can pile up leaving you feeling cranky, emotional, short tempered and negative. Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. If you can't get that much, try to catch up on the weekend with an early night to bed or try to get in a few naps. Even just closing your eyes for 20 minutes while you lie on the couch can do wonders.

10. Limit your intake of alcohol. Very often during the holidays, drinking alcohol can get a bit out of hand. One too many parties can leave you feeling bloated and hungover. Slow down your drinking by sipping it slower and having a seltzer or glass of water in between alcoholic drinks. You will stay hydrated and you won't get drunk because you give your body time to process the alcohol. Set a limit on how many drinks you will have and stick to it. You will avoid slowing down your metabolism and gaining weight. Alcohol is a real diet buster!

11. Finally, at the end of each day I want you to write down 3 things that you were happy about that you did for that day. This is a great way to stay positive and in control of your life. Positive affirmation can be a wonderful mood booster and stress minimizer by focusing your attention on something you did right. We always tend to fret and focus on what we didn't accomplish in a day or what went wrong. This little exercise will focus you on something that you did that was positive and made you happy.

Well, there you have it. That's quite a lot of tips, but stress is a big problem so I want you to be armed! Read this list over frequently during the next few months and I have every confidence that you will find things that will help keep you happier, healthier, and dealing with a little less stress :o) I want to help you enjoy the holidays; not dread them,

Keep Smiling,

What's the Best Way to Eat Flaxseed?

Dear YouTips4U: I love all your videos about diet and exercise. Thank you for all your great information. Can you tell me what the best way to eat flaxseed is? I want to start adding it to my diet to get more Omega-3s and fiber.

Hi, I'm so glad you are enjoying my videos on YouTube. The best way to eat flaxseed is ground. Either buy it already ground or buy flaxseeds and grind them yourself as you need them. You can grind them in a coffee grinder or mini food processor. It is much easier to digest them when they are ground up, therefore, you absorb more of the nutrients, including Omega 3s. If you eat the whole seeds, they may pass through your body undigested. Be sure to keep your grounds flax meal or your flaxseeds in the refrigerator as they can spoil quickly once the package is opened. They will keep several months in the fridge. You can enjoy your healthy ground flax in your cereal, yogurt, bake it into muffins, brownies, and breads!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Great Moisturizing Tip to Help Prevent and Treat Dry Chapped Hands!

For those of you living in a colder climate, I am sure you are familiar with dry chapped red hands that can occur in the winter months from washing our hands a lot and exposure to the cold dry air. I have a wonderful tip which is especially good for those of you who are always in water with your hands: like doctors, moms of small children, cooks, hairdressers, etc. Keep a bottle of olive oil nearby the sink where you wash your hands. Olive oil is wonderful for preventing as well as treating dry chapped skin. It forms a wonderful nourishing barrier against wetness which is superior to hand cream. It's oily consistency repels water and it is absorbed instantly, so it will continue to protect you during further washings. The best thing about olive oil is that it is all natural. If you are cooking, no problem, you don't have to worry about hand cream getting into your food while you prepare it because olive oil is edible. So as you prepare your meals, go ahead and smooth it on and resume cooking. If it gets on the food or utensils, it's fine because it's all natural. If you are a new mom caring for an infant, washing your hands is extremely important to protect the baby's health, olive oil is a wonderful skin treatment for your hands and you don't have to worry if you get it on your baby's skin or your breasts when you breastfeed. I highly recommend it! I hope you will give it a try. If you would like more information about using olive oil all over your body as a wonderful moisturizer, please click here to go to my video on YouTube: Wonderful Natural Moisturizer Tip and Technique to Soften & Nourish Your Skin to Prevent Dryness

Deodorant Recommendation!

I am always in search of deodorants without aluminum to recommend to you that work great. I just tried Degree Natural Effects Deodorant Solid in Honeysuckle and tea tree oil. It's wonderful and I highly recommend it. It's a clear solid and goes on smooth and smells wonderful. It did not irritate me, and I still smelled lovely after a two-hour workout! It's a keeper, and I think you'll love it too. I have been searching for a deodorant (not anti-antiperspirant deodorant)that's made by a name-brand company with a nice fresh smell. This is the first I've come across, and it's terrific. I have noticed that in the past, companies made deodorant-only products for men, but not women. I think they finally listened to our request for an aluminum-free, non-antiperspirant deodorant. I personally have called quite a few of the antiperspirant manufacturers to request this, so kudos to Unilever for listening. If you would like more information on Natural Deodorants or you would like to learn more about what antiperspirants that contain aluminum do to your body and why I don't recommend using them, please click here to go to my video on YouTube: Healthier Underarm Deodorants For Preventing Armpit Odor - Risks of Aluminum Antiperpirants To Body

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Condition Your Hair While You Sleep!

A great time to deep condition your hair is while you are sleeping. I highly recommend you give it a try at least once a month. Before you go to bed pour a small amount of olive oil into the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together a bit to distribute the oil and smooth it onto your dry hair. After you have applied the oil, I recommend that you loosely braid your hair to keep it from getting everywhere while you are sleeping. Don't worry if it gets onto your face while you're asleep; it's great for your skin too! Remember to apply the olive oil to your long hair only, not your scalp hair. Since our scalps do produce enough oil for that area, it's really the long hair that you can gather into a ponytail that often needs additional conditioning. If you have very dry hair and would like to place a small glazing on the surface of your scalp hair, that's fine.

If you are concerned about getting it on your pillow or bedding, place a soft towel over your pillow to protect it, or, you can do the following:

1. Using an old rag (I like to use old cotton t-shirts), rip off a long strip of it.

2. Next, wrap the strip of fabric around your braid starting at the base of your head and wrapping on down to the bottom. Secure the bottom by cutting the end into two, twisting in opposite directions and tying it in a bow.

The above method will cover the oil treated hair while you sleep and prevent any of the oil from touching your bed linens. If you want to skip the braid, you can just gather your hair like you are going to make a ponytail and twist the rag around your hair and secure. I prefer to braid first, but it's up to you.

When you wake up in the morning, shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would. Then just style as usual. You will be amazed at how beautifully conditioned you hair will look and feel. It will be soft, shiny and full of life. It's wonderfully rejuvenating for your hair. If you have dry or damaged hair this will really help to repair it.



Tip on How You Can Give Your Conditioner a Wonderful and Natural Boost to Enhance Your Hair!

Hi Everybody, looking to give your hair a special little conditioning boost? I have a great tip for you. Next time you shampoo your hair try this tip when you apply your conditioner.

1) Squeeze out all water in your hair after you have rinsed out the shampoo.

2) Next, apply your conditioner of choice. Please remember to place conditioner on your hair from the base of the back of your head down; not your scalp hair.

3) Next, pour a small nickle size amount of olive oil into your wet hands and rub them together to distribute the oil in your hands.

4) Gently smooth the olive oil onto your long hair (remember you are placing the olive oil over your conditioner that's already on your hair).

5) Wait about 2 minutes and rinse with warm water as you usually do. Just before you turn off the water, rinse your hair with cold water to close the cuticle and give your hair great shine.

6) Comb and style as usual.

You will love the amazing results. Your hair will be soft and shiny and retain a lot of moisture. This is great for those of you with dry, damaged, or color-treated hair, or anyone who what's soft shiny conditioned hair.

See you soon on YouTube :o)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Help for Armpit/Underarm Odor

Many or you have written because despite your faithful use of your deodorant, you are still noticing an odor. I have some very helpful tips for you to help beat underarm odor caused by summer heat and humidity which can really turn on our sweat glands. There are things you can do to help eliminate your underarm odor problem:

1) Shower daily and use antibacterial soap or 100% glycerin soap in your underarm area. Very often soaps we use on our bodies have too many moisturizers, etc. and they just don't clean the bacteria under our armpits away properly.

2. After you shower and you're completely dry, apply your deodorant. I always recommend using deodorant rather than anti-persperant because anti-perspirants block your sweat glads. Please see my video on YouTube on using natural deodorants and powders as a great substitute. Here is the link: Healthier Deodorant Choices For Preventing Armpit Odor Risks of Aluminum Antiperpirants To Body If you shower before bed, you should still apply your deodorant to help prevent the growth of bacteria till morning and then reapply your deodorant.

3.  In between showers, you can freshen up by wiping your underarm area with Witch Hazel Astringent: Just put a little on a cotton ball and clean your underarms with it. Use a separate cotton ball for each armpit.  Please see my video on the many wonderful uses for Witch Hazel: 16 Beauty Hacks - One Amazing Natural Product

3. Shave your armpits regularly. As soon as you even see a little stubble, shave it because the bacteria thrive in the hair and cause odor to form.

4. Avoid wearing tight shirts. You want to wear looser fitting tops because you will get better air flow and it will help to keep you drier and smelling better. Also, wear natural fibers whenever possible, like cotton because they breathe and won't lock in wetness and odor.

5. You may have to keep some powder with you to apply to your armpits throughout the day to help prevent odor even if you are wearing deodorant. I recommend Vagisil Powder. It's terrific because it prevents and eliminates odor, it smells lovely, and it's gentle and talc free.


Can You Explain What BMI Is?

Hi, I was wondering what BMI is and whether it's important?

YouTips4U Ans.: Hi, BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It's a way to determine whether your weight is appropriate for your height (see formula below). You can use it to determine if you are overweight and to access your risk of developing diseases that are associated with being overweight. Regardless of what your BMI is, if you're a woman and your waist is larger than 35 inches (larger than 40 if you are a man), you are at increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and other health problems. It would be a good idea for you to consider a diet and exercise plan, but remember to choose one that you can live with long term; that you can make a new way of life.

Here's how to calculate your BMI: BMI = weight(in pounds) divided by height (in inches) squared and multiplied by 705.

Example: A 5'5" (65") woman weighing 150 pounds would have the following BMI:

150 divided by 65 squared (65 x 65=4225)= .035502958, multiplied by 705= 25

A BMI of 25-29 usually indicates a person is overweight. This person is at the very beginning of the range where her risk for health problems begins. A BMI of 30 or more usually indicates a person is obese. The most desirable BMI is 19-24.

Please remember that this is just an estimate and that sometimes very muscular people can have a high BMI without having health risks. Use this in conjunction for evaluating your body, how much excess fat your have, how much exercise you do and what your diet is like.

Are You Drinking Enough Water?

Hi YouTips4U: I just want to let you know that I love all your videos on YouTube. They have helped me so much. My question is: I am trying to make sure my skin is at its best, so I have started to drink more water. How do I know if I am drinking enough?

YouTips4u Ans.: Hi, that's a really good question. Being hydrated is so important, especially for good skin. It also aids the body by helping it digest more efficiently and it helps remove bacteria from the body. A good rule of thumb to know if you are drinking enough is to check your urine. If your urine is dark, or the odor strong, this may be an indication that your body doesn't have enough water and is conserving it. Remember you also get water when you eat fruits and vegetables which are 75%-95% water. If your urine is clear or very pale yellow, you're doing a good job of staying hydrated. However, if you are going to the bathroom more than once an hour, you're probably drinking more than your body can handle. Once your body is hydrated, no more moisture will get to the skin via internal means and the rest will just be excreted by your kidneys. Each person is different, so see what you body's needs are. A lot depends on your size, how much you exercise, whether you eat a lot of fiber (fiber soaks up water so your requirement may be a bit higher). So don't worry about the old recommendation of drinking 8 glasses of water a day as the rule; it's no longer thought to be because you get fluids from foods as well. Hope that helps!


Do the Low-Carbohydrate Diets Work?

I really do not recommend low-carbohydrate diets. They are usually lacking in complex carbs, vitamins, and minerals, and people on these diets end up feeling very tired. This can be very counterproductive as you need the energy to exercise which is extremely important when you are trying to lose weight.

Complex carbohydrates are whole-grain foods such as whole-grain bread, oatmeal, brown rice, potatoes, oat bran, and pasta. Unlike candy, soda, and cookies, which result in a quick rush of blood sugar and then the ultimate crash, complex carbs provide a slow release of insulin in the blood which stabilizes your blood sugar and provides a good source of healthy stable energy.

When you lose weight from low-carb diets, much of it is from water loss. These diets are difficult to sustain for long periods of time and most people cannot maintain eating this way, so they end up gaining all the weight back again. I eat a lot of complex carbs. I have some with every meal. I also exercise a lot so I need the energy and without complex carbs, I don't think I could maintain the level of fitness that I am used to.


Friday, July 23, 2010

My New Absolutely Abs Workout DVD Is Now Availabe For Rent on YouTube


My new Absolutely Abs Ultimate Flat Stomach Exercise Video is now conveniently available for rental on YouTube. I have attached the link below.

I know many of you have been patiently waiting for my new abs workout DVD. WELL, IT'S HERE AND IT'S TERRIFIC! For a small rental fee (you purchase it through Google Checkout, YouTube will guide you) you will get over 40 minutes of challenging stomach exercises to build a strong stable core and firm abdominal muscles to help you achieve that flat stomach you desire. Having a tight core and strong abdominal muscles will help you in all aspects of your life and in every sport you participate in.

A flat stomach has been rated the most desirable and sexy body part preferred by both men and women.

I do the exercises right along with you to keep you motivated and to make sure you are doing them correctly using the proper form. This is my personal routine that I am sharing with you and it works! I developed it after my first child was born and have been doing it to maintain my flat abs ever since. My flat stomach is proof that this routine will give you amazing results. As an added bonus, I have a special diet tips segment after the workout where I give you helpful advice and ideas to help you achieve your fitness goal. Please check it out and rent it today; we can do it together in the privacy of your own home and at your convenience. You won't be disappointed! Please don't forget to tell a friend.

Here's the link to the video on YouTube: Absolutely Abs Ultimate Flat Stomach Core Exercise Workout Video

A note to my international subscribers and viewers: This video is currently only available for rent in the U.S. Renting videos is a brand new feature on YouTube and they have not yet made it available worldwide. Please be patient as I am sure it will happen soon.

Thanks so much for your support!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Makeup Tips - Get That Summer Sun-Kissed Bronze Look

Summer is a terrific time to experiment with makeup and try different looks. Our skin usually has a little base tan and the increased humidity makes for a wonderfully dewy complexion. Looking for something different that anyone can wear? How about trying a bronzed look. This can be done very simply with the right make up colors. Be sure you select the right shades for your skin type. If you have very fair porcelain skin, you won't look natural with a deep copper look. A light glow is more flattering and natural so you'll want to select a more peachy light bronze shade to work with. If you have medium skin, a more tawny or terracotta bronze works best, and for darker skin tones, choose deep bronze and copper shades. For most people, sheer color works best on your face. Make up should be applied sparingly with particular attention to blending, and don't forget your neck!

First, mix a little gold shimmer in with your foundation.

Next, apply a bronzer to the prominent areas of your face that the sun would most likely hit naturally, like your chin, cheekbones, forehead. Helps to keep the look natural. I always prefer bronzing powder to creams and gels. They hold up best. Use a large brush to apply rather than the small ones that come with most bronzers, you will get a much more even and natural application.

Now, dust a little blush on your cheeks. Be sure your blush has a darker pigment than you normally wear.

Next, apply bronze eye shadow to your eyelids from your lash line to your crease.

Next, apply a small amount of shimmery light gold eye shadow under the arch of your eyebrows and to the inside corner of your eyes. This color should be quite a bit lighter that what you are using on your eyelids.

Apply black mascara.

Finish your look off with some beautiful Sheer Bronze Lipstick. For an extra gorgeous effect for your lips, dab a dot of your gold shimmery eyeshadow to the center of your lower lip in your pout spot.

And there you have it!

Quick Makeup Fix for Sensitive Eye Lids

If you find that you have sensitive eyelids that become itchy or flaky after wearing eye shadow, especially shimmery eyeshadow, you are most likely allergic to the mica in the eyeshadow. The mica is what gives the eye shadow the glimmer effect. My suggestion to you is to avoid wearing eye shadow altogether and instead, focus on highlighting under your eyebrows by blending in a pale white concealer under your arch. Next, use a gel-formula eyeliner and smudge it into your lash line. Be sure to read the ingredients to make sure it does not contain mica. If it is shimmer-free, it probably does not. Then finish your look off with a hypoallergenic mascara. There are quite a few brands of mascara to choose from that are hypoallergenic. Two that I know of that are great are Maybelline and Almay

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Help for Oily Hair

Hi YouTips4U, I hope you can help me. I have really oily hair. I also see dandruff. I have tried oily hair shampoo and Head and Shoulders. If I don't use Head and Shoulders every day, I get super oily right away. Please help. I know it's not good for my hair to use Head and Shoulders every day, but only to treat dandruff.

YouTips4U: Hi, I will definitely try to help.

The key to controlling oily hair is to be sure you are shampooing your scalp thoroughly, not your hair. Use a shampoo for oily hair because it has stronger detergents for removing oil and be sure you massage your scalp vigorously and thoroughly. Do not ever use your fingernails; only fingertips. You may need to repeat your shampooing more than once. You should repeat shampooing until the shampoo produces a lot of foam. It will not foam well until it has removed the oil. You should skip the conditioner because if your hair gets oily that quickly, you will only contribute to it getting oily faster if you condition your hair. Lastly, be sure to limit combing, brushing, and handling of your hair as much as possible. These movements contribute to bring the oily down your hair shaft rather than staying on your scalp area. The more you handle your hair the more your scalp gets stimulated as well which causes more oil to be produced. Remember the oil is produced by the scalp; not your hair. Many people continually touch their hair during the day, especially around the face and by the end of the day their hair is limp and oily. Handle your hair as little as possible.

Periodically, you may want to rinse your scalp with Apple Cider Vinegar. This is a wonderful clarifying treatment and can be very helpful for dandruff as well. Please also check out my other postings on tips for oily hair. I think you will find them very helpful for in between shampoos.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Should You Count Calories to Maintain a Weight Loss Diet?

Question: Hi, I've watched almost all your videos on YouTube about health and fitness, and let me first just say you have really inspired me and changed the way I work out!

I was just wondering if you keep track of the amount of calories you consume daily, and if so, how many you typically eat? (Also, if you don't mind me asking, how tall are you?) I'm having a hard time with following this 1200 calorie regimen I put myself on because it leaves me feeling hungry and I tend to eat over 1400 on some days. I'm not sure if this is good or bad, and if I'm putting my body in "starvation mode" by eating only 1200. (I'm 5'' tall and I used to weigh about 130, but I lost 10 lbs in the last few months, but my ultimate goal is to be around 110-115).
Please help me, no one else I've consulted knows what to do in my situation but you seem well versed in these types of things and I would really appreciate it.

YouTips4U wrote: Hi, congratulations on losing 10 pounds, that's fantastic. I'm so glad my videos are helping to motivate you.

I am 5'4" tall and weigh 116 pounds. I really don't count calories and I never have. I eat only when I'm hungry and I eat several small meals throughout the day when I'm hungry rather than three standard meals. I never skip breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day and regulates how you feel, your energy, blood sugar, etc. for the entire day. I pay more attention to food groups rather than calories because I like to make sure that I have eaten foods from each of the food groups every day to maintain a balanced diet. I do not eat junk food, but I do indulge in dark chocolate daily. I do practice portion control, however, by not eating until I am stuffed. I try to pay close attention to when I feel full and satisfied with what I have eaten and then I stop. When you have time, please check out my breakfast video and my diet tips portion control video on YouTube (the link to my site is in the side bar). i think you will find them helpful.

For me 1200 calories would not be enough simply because I am very active athletically. I am always walking, jogging, going to the gym, cleaning my house, etc. If I don't eat small meals throughout the day, I will definitely feel drained and tired and lack energy to do things. I am sure that I exceed 1200 calories. My goal is really not to be thin, but to be healthy. I really think that you become thin by concentrating on being healthy. Exercise is so important. It helps raise your metabolism and burn calories. If you exercise regularly, you won't have to be so strict with your calories. If you are feeling deprived eat more calorie dense food when you snack liked peanut butter, add some olive oil to your salad. These things are very good for you and help keep you full longer which helps you eat less. Always reach for whole grains whenever possible because the fiber in these foods requires more energy for your body to break down which actually burns more calories during digestion. It also keeps you full longer than foods that are processed with white flour.

You definitely don't want to put your body in starvation mode because you will slow your metabolism and your body will conserve calories. If your body knows it will be fed when it's hungry it will stay revved and store much less fat. It's wonderful that you are committed and I want you to stay that way, so it's important to find a meal plan that works for you that's more of a way of life than a crash diet. Please take a look at those videos and concentrate on portion control, eating healthy foods from each of the food groups (vegetables, fruits, meats/poultry/beans/fish, dairy, grains) and maintaining regular cardio and strength training exercise. Don't expect results overnight. It takes commitment and work, but your devotion will pay off tremendously.

Keep up the good work :o)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

How to Protect Your Skin From the Chlorine in Pool Water

Question: Hi YouTips4U, what should i do before going swimming in a pool because I've noticed that the chlorine water is damaging my skin color?? Please help...***

YouTips4U Replied: Chlorine and Bromine can be harsh to your skin causing itching and dryness in many people who frequently swim. I have two suggestions for you to help protect your skin. The first suggestion is to apply a waterproof sunscreen before swimming like Coppertone Kids Sunscreen SPF 50 or 70 which is my absolute favorite as it really lasts. If you are outdoors, you should be doing this anyway to protect against the sun's harmful rays. But be sure to reapply if you are going to be spending extending time at the poolside.

My second suggestion is if you are indoors and do not want to use sunscreen(although you can if you want to), you can apply a thin layer of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on your skin before entering the pool. Both of these products act as a barrier and repel the water forming a seal on your skin that locks in moisture and keeps the water from penetrating. I use Vaseline all the time when I swim in the winter months because the combination of dry heat and cold temperatures adds to the likelihood that my skin will develop a reaction from the chlorinated water.

Swimming is wonderful exercise, so don't let a little chlorine/bromine in the water stop you from enjoying the benefits of this wonderful total body exercise.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

How to Get Rid of Head Lice

Question: I have a question. Now this may sound gross, but I have head lice. I have been trying to get rid of it for about 5 months now, I think. Any tips on what I can do?

YouTips4U: Hi, don't worry, I'm not bothered by your question at all. I know what a problem lice can be and I'm very glad you wrote. I have an upcoming video on this subject, but I don't want you to have to wait for that, so I will try to help now. 5 months is a long time to be suffering with this situation. Lice are very contagious and there's a good chance that you have given it to many people, so you may want to alert those close to you so everyone can be treated, otherwise you will just keep passing it back and forth and it will never go away. Plus lice can really do damage to your scalp and hair follicles so don't wait. You have to make this a priority in your life in order for you to get rid of them.

First, you must use one the over-the-counter products that kills lice like Nix.
This is a shampoo in type of product and you leave it on the scalp and it kills the lice and then you rinse. Be sure to follow the directions carefully. Then you have to use a nit comb (be sure to buy the metal one) to comb out the nits which are the eggs. Very often the comb comes in a Nix kit.

The Nix product that you applied will only kill the lice (adult bugs) not the eggs. The eggs have to be removed by hand and with the comb every single day. You also have to literally have someone go through each strand of hair and pick off the nits(eggs) because sometimes the comb can miss a few. Do this for 14 days. During that time the Nix is still working to kill the lice bugs if any happen to hatch. But removing the eggs is key.

You also have to place all stuffed animals and items that cannot be washed in the wash machine with hot water into a plastic bag for three weeks to make sure that all the eggs and lice that may have dropped onto these items get killed. All bedding, pillow cases, hats, coats, clothing, etc. that you have been wearing have to be washing in hot water and placed in the dryer on a hot setting. All combs, brushes, hair clips, anything that has been in your hair has to be boiled for 3-5 minutes to kill the eggs. If any other family member has this, you all need to do this same procedure.

I hope that helps. Good luck to you. I know how difficult this is, but if you stick with it, I promise you will rid yourself of this problem for good. Please be sure you are keeping your hair tied up securely in a bun so that you don't spread lice to anyone else.

I've Had 4 Children - Can I Still Get A Flat Stomach?

Question: Hi YouTips4U, I just saw your video on flat abs on YouTube Click here to Go to My YouTube Channel - just a few questions if you don't mind - I've had 4 kids and two twins so you can imagine what I'm left with - saggy with stretch marks. Is it possible to have a tummy like yours and if so, how long would it take providing I do my exercises daily?

YouTips4U: Hi, I'm so glad you wrote because I have great news for you from real life experience. In the last 10 years I have known two women who have had twins. Both woman's twins were born at 7 pounds each which is a really good size for twins and they have other children as well. Both women have unbelievable tummies; both tight and flat. There is a bit of excess skin, but not noticeable unless she really shows you. They both worked out hard to get there and by that I mean they stuck to a regular exercise routine and a healthy diet. It took about 1 1/2 years for them to look great. So, the bottom line is there is a pot of gold at the end of your hard work exercise rainbow - so go for it because I saw these ladies look fabulous and I was so amazed considering how big their tummies had gotten. Your skin will tighten and retract and your stretch marks will eventually fade to a silvery white. I have had two children myself and my figure is exactly how it was before I had my children, actually, I think it's even better!

Dear YouTips4U: Omg thanks for replying!! So it is possible!! Wow!! I had all 4 births without gas and the pain I took was immense, but when it comes down to tummy tucks and breast lifts etc., it scares me, plus I don't have the luxury of healing with four kids, the youngest 10 months. You can imagine the madness that goes on lol. I'm so pleased it's possible - I asked doctors about surgery, but I was skeptical to get a nip and tuck done so I'm well pleased its possible. If I do still have that small amount of remaining skin left behind, and it bothers me, I may have that removed but it's better to get a mid tummy tuck than an arm lift/breast lift/full tummy tuck and so on.... Thanks again for your info and experience and experienced stories!! much appreciated!

YouTips4U: Hi, you are so welcome! I'm glad to help. I'm with you; I would never consider surgery, I'm way too chicken and I'd much rather work hard to achieve my goal. It really is way too soon for you to think about that. Your youngest is only 10 months old. You really do need to give your body about 2 years to get back into decent shape; especially if you breastfeed. Keep working at the exercise and you will be so happy you did. It really makes a tremendous difference. Our bodies are so unbelievably responsive. You've had 4 natural births with no medication, so I know you are tough. This challenge will seem small compared to getting through that. If you stay committed, my prediction is that in time, you will be so confident and happy about your body that you'll forget all about surgeries! Please be patient with yourself because it does take time and that can be hard to find when you're a mom, but keep working at and you WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN! The feeling of accomplishment that you will attain will be worth the effort.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Curly Hair Tips

Hi Everyone, having curly hair is so beautiful, but can be a challenge to care for. I have a wonderful anti frizz product for you to try by Dove that will help tame frizz and restore smoothness. It’s ultra light so it won’t weigh your hair down and you can use it on your freshly washed and still damp hair before styling as well as when your hair is dry. It's called DOVE Intense Frizz Control Anti-Frizz Control CreamDOVE Intense Frizz Control Anti-Frizz Control Cream 4oz/113g You just squeeze the desired amount into the palm of your hand, rub your palms together and smooth it through your hair. You can comb it through if you want to, to distribute it more evenly.

Please check out my latest YouTube Video on Curly Hair Tips by clicking here: Curly Hair Care and Style Tips

Monday, April 5, 2010

We Have Three Lucky Winners!!! Congratulations!!!!

Hi Everybody, I chose three lucky winners on Easter of my Spring Kickoff Contest Giveaway. Thanks so much to all of you who participated. I was thrilled with the number of entries. Please click here to go to the Drawing Video on YouTube to see if you are one of the lucky winners! YouTips4U Winners Drawing

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Spring Contest Drawing Update!

Hi Everybody, Happy Easter! Thanks so much to all of you who have participated in my Spring Contest Giveaway. The contest is now closed. Drawing will be held today, Easter Sunday, and I will post the video on Monday, April 5, 2010 on YouTube announcing the winners. Be sure to check out the drawing video to see if you were a lucky winner!

Monday, March 22, 2010


Happy Spring Everybody!! We’re kicking off spring on YouTips4U with a contest giveaway. Three lucky winners will win a prize. Below are close up photos of the prices you can win. Please go to my video on YouTube for contest RULES and to TO ENTER. It’s so easy! The video explains everything. Here’s the link to my video:

Thursday, March 11, 2010

How Do I Strip Out Hair Dye/Color?

Question: Hi YouTips4U, I need some advice. I just colored my hair and I hate it. Is there a way that I can strip out the color?

YouTiips4U: Hi, I understand your disappointment. Sometimes hair color just does not come out as you thought it would. This can happen if you do it yourself or if you go to a colorist and have it done professionally. If you had your hair colored professionally, my advice is to go back to your colorist and tell him/her that you do not like the color and it's not what you wanted. The quicker you do this the better because the longer you wait, the more the color will take hold on your hair. It's best to go either the same day or the next day. Most hairdressers will be more than happy to accommodate you and try to achieve the color you desired. They will also be able to advise you on the safety of removing the color depending on the current condition of your hair. So play it safe and ask first.

If your color is semi-permanent, don't fret too much, it will fade rather quickly (about 28 days). You can speed up this process by shampooing right away and continuing to shampoo regularly until the color has faded. Using a clarifying shampoo which is designed to remove buildup on hair and scalp will work the best because just as it is designed to remove buildup coating your hair shaft, it will remove color as well. If you want something stronger and quicker, using Head and Shoulders (the dandruff shampoo) and/or dish-washing liquid detergent like Dawn will fade the color quickly. Be sure you condition well after each shampoo as this can cause hair to be dry.

If you have used a permanent color, you will probably have to use a color remover (either you or a professional will do this). There are quite a few sold at beauty supply stores. Just to name a few: L'Oreal Color Zap, Clairol Metalex, or Clairol Uncolor. These products will strip out the unwanted hair dye so you can recolor it to the shade you wanted. Don't be alarmed if your hair looks a strange color after using one of these products. The purpose of the color remover is to remove all of the dark pigment from your hair. This process will leave behind a bright rather unnatural looking color. Don't fret if you see this; the hair is now ready to have a toner applied or to be recolored. Sometimes people are even happy with the results of just using the Color Zap to remove the color and not recoloring it; but that depends on your hair color. Please speak to the representative in you beauty supply store for help with usage of these products. Also, many of these products have help lines that you should definitely call before beginning.

Please keep in mind that whether you go to a salon to remove your color professionally, or do it yourself with dish-washing liquid or color remover, you will be doing damage to already damaged hair by overprocesssing it. Coloring your hair does strip it of moisture and natural oils, so you should know that these after processes can cause more dryness and breakage. The safest and gentlest way for you to get rid of permanent color would be to let it grow out. Not always an option I know, that's why you should experiment with semi-permanent color first because they wash out and fade with shampooing and time. Check the box of hair color carefully before applying and make sure you know what kind of a commitment you're in for (the box will tell you how long the color will last), and remember that stripping hair of color can only be done if the color you applied is darker than your hair color. If you have bleached your hair, you cannot strip it and you must see a professional if you want to change the color of bleached hair or you risk significant breakage.


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Is Tea Healthy For You?

Question: Is tea healthy for you?

YouTips4U: Tea is very beneficial to your health. Many studies have shown that certain teas, like green tea, black tea, and oolong tea have anti-cancer properties due to the antioxidant polyphenols that they contain. The best of which, in my opinion, is green tea as the most has been written about it's benefits. The teas' polyphenols may reduce the risk of gastric, esophageal, ovarian, and skin cancers. Other studies have found that polyphenols help prevent blood clotting and lower cholesterol levels. There are also many herbs that you can make a wonderful infusion with that have many health properties as well depending on what herb you use. Chamomile, for example, is very beneficial for calming the nervous system and promoting restfulness. For more information on how to make an herbal infusion, please see my YouTube Video: Prepare a Fresh Natural Herbal Tea Infusion

If you're concerned about the caffeine, there are decaffeinated teas on the market. Be sure to buy those that are decaffeinated naturally as these will have almost the same beneficial antioxidant effect as the caffeinated variety. I love Alvita Teas. A cup of caffeinated tea contains an average of 40 mg of caffeine, compared to 85 mg found in a cup of coffee, so you can substitute a cup of tea for coffee and you are doing better with your caffeine intake.

So I hope you will consider adding some antioxidants to your life with tea and enjoy the wonderful soothing benefits as well.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Tips and Product Suggestions for Fine Oily Hair

Question: Hi there! Thanks for your videos! They are very informative. Could you suggest some tips or even products for extremely fine oily hair? I'm 30 and have shoulder length blond hair that is so fine, fragile and needs to be washed daily. I think I might have a hormonal imbalance and am afraid i will be bald by the time I'm 50. Please, any advice would be greatly appreciated. thanks

YouTips4U: Fine hair is most susceptible to becoming oily quickly and can get this way after in one day. You want a gentle shampoo that's recommended for daily or frequent washing. It's also helpful if the shampoo contains panthenol (Vitamin B5). Panthenol has been praised by hair experts for being able to penetrate the hair cuticle making each strand thicker. Another tip: Use a dry shampoo or baby powder between washings. It will help soak up excess oil, and add body as well. Have you tried Garnier Fructis Body Boost Shampoo? I love the Garnier Fructis line of products. This one will help to give you volume and shine and is gentle to your hair. Their products are great.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Natural Products to Help Treat Dandruff

Question: I have a dandruff condition, but I would like to use a more natural shampoo instead of the dandruff shampoos like Head and Shoulders. Do you have any suggestions?

Hi, yes I do! You can use shampoo that contains Tea Tree Oil. Tea Tree Oil a great natural antiseptic and has shown great success in treating mild to moderate cases of dandruff. You can buy 100% Pure Tea Tree Oil and mix a small amount of it into your regular shampoo, or you can buy an already formulated shampoo that contains tea tree oil. Here are two that I can recommend: Desert Essence Daily Replenishing Tea Tree Shampoo, and Nature's Gate Tea Tree Calming Shampoo. Please take a look at my video on YouTube about Dandruff and other scalp conditions. I think you will find it very helpful. Hair Tips on DANDRUFF, Oily,Dry,Itchy,Flaky Scalp Conditions, Seborrhea - Symptoms & Treatment

Can Aloe Vera be used on Your Scalp?

Question: Hi, can I use ALOE VERA to prevent dry scalp?

YouTips4U: Hi, aloe vera can be used as a remedy for dry scalp. I recommend using the gel from the plant itself, but you can purchase pure aloe vera gel in natural food stores. Massage onto your scalp and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes, then shampoo.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Massage Your Scalp Daily

I have a great tip for you to achieve healthier hair - Massage your scalp daily! Scalp skin, overall, is very thick with the thickest part at the nape of the neck. Unfortunately, scalp skin does not move much on its own so it benefits greatly from stimulation. Massaging your scalp with your fingertips stimulates the flow of blood and oxygen to the bulb of your hair, which feeds it, and helps it stay healthy and grow. Very often bad scalp circulation can lead to thinning hair.

Before you go to sleep every night, take about 1-2 minutes to massage your scalp. Start at the base of you skull and gently rub upward and outward in small, circular movements with your fingertips. Never let your nails touch your scalp. Over time, your hair will thank you by being healthier and more vibrant, and it feels wonderful too! It's also a good idea to gently massage your scalp before you shampoo to loosen any debris and help wash it away.

Speak to you soon,

Saturday, January 30, 2010

What is the Tipping Ediquette at a Salon?

Hi, I often find giving a tip at the salon a stressful and uncomfortable situation. Sometimes several people work on my hair. Do I tip them all? This can get very expensive and often discourages me from getting a haircut. I always feel as though they are judging me. Can you offer advice? Thanks, Cindy

YouTips4U: Hi Cindy, that's a great question and I'm sure others share your concern as well. I'm happy to offer some guidelines to help simplify this for you so that you know ahead of time what to do and not have to sit and worry while your hair is being done about tipping at the end. The overall tip for services at your salon should be about 15 percent. Remember, that's before the tax is added on. You don't tip on the tax. Now, you can scale that 15% up or down depending on whether you were thrilled with your haircut or disappointed. Usually if you just give one overall tip, the salon manager will divide it up between the other people who serviced you, i.e. the person who shampooed your hair.

If you would like to control who gets how much of your tip, simply take that 15 percent and divide it up between the people who serviced you. A salon owner that I know suggests $3-$5 for the person who shampooed your hair. $1-$2 for the coat check person, and $1 for the person who brings you a coffee. Of course this depends on the salon you attend. Smaller-scale salons do not offer all amenities and so there is less tipping to worry about. Or perhaps your hairdresser does all of the aforementioned services herself, and therefore gets the whole 15%.

If the person who cuts your hair owns the salon, you do not have to tip them. Remember, they get the profits of the business. If you feel awkward about just walking out and not tipping, you can always give him/her a gift during the holidays like a bottle of wine, a box of candy, or a plant. Yes, you can give cash or gift cards too.

Salons vary as to how to leave the tip. You may just want to add your tip to the final bill which is very much encouraged these days by salons. Some have little cups or boxes at their stations, others you simply hand it to them. Many salons offer small white envelopes for you to place your tip in. If you use the envelopes, be sure to write the name of your hairdresser on the envelope and your name as well with a little note of thanks. This will help the salon owner know who the tip is for. No need to write the amount of the tip on the outside of the envelope. That's between you and your hairdresser.

I hope this will help take the awkwardness out of tipping for you. Having a standard by which you tip will make you feel much more comfortable and help you decide what salon you would like to go to. Some people love a big service salon with lots of people to pamper them, and others enjoy a smaller more intimate salon where it's just you and your hairdresser having a nice chat together. Whatever type of salon you choose, you now have a guideline you can refer too.

- YouTips4U

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cutting/Trimming Your Hair Yourself

Hi. I have not cut my hair since May last year. My goal was to go a year without cutting it to see how long it can get. I want it basically as long as yours, however I always became impatient and cut it. I feel like the ends are not as full like the rest of my hair and this has always been an issue for me. Whenever I attempted to grow it the ends would not look as good as the top. Right now I do not want to cut it because I do see it finally growing and I am not sure what to do. It really isn't bad at all but I do leave it natural (curly) every time it's washed so you wouldn't notice unless I straightened it which I haven't since May as well. I do see it dry when I comb it out before washing. I'm dreading the hair salon, so if you have any suggestions please reply. Do you go for hair cuts? How did you get your hair that long?! :)

YouTips4U: Hi, I understand your reluctance to go to a salon to cut your hair when you have been patiently growing it for so long, however, periodic trims can be very healthy for the rest of the hair shaft as they prevent split ends for traveling further up the hair and breaking off. Please take a look at my "How to Cut Your Own Hair" video on YouTube when you have time. Here is the link: How To Cut Your Own Hair. I think you will find it helpful. You can just trim a small dusting off the ends to keep the split ends under control and prevent your hair from breaking off from them. Depending on how long your hair is, you can separate it in two in the back and comb it all forward in front of your chest and trim a little off. This will help keep your hair healthier between salon visits and remove the fear of having to part with your new length because you are in control.

I always cut my own hair and very very infrequently will I go to a salon. I am always happy with my own work and I think you will be too. I wouldn't suggest you try to do anything fancy; just a little trim. Good Luck :o)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Will Hair Grow Faster and Thicker if It's Cut Frequently?

Although getting your hair trimmed will help it to look better and fuller because you are removing the split ends where hair tends to be thinner at the bottom, it will not make your hair grow faster. Hair is actually dead protein. The root is where growth takes place and it is not aware of what goes on down at the end of the hair. Tiny blood vessels at the base of every follicle feed the hair root to keep it growing. But once the hair is at the skin's surface, it is not alive anymore and has become dead skin cells. That's why it doesn't cause pain when someone cuts your hair with scissors! A healthy diet, proper rest, and regular exercise will help to keep your roots healthy and growing hair to their maximum potential. Massaging your scalp is a good way to stimulate your hair follicles to grow because it helps to increase blood flow to the follicle.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Greasy Hair Tip

My hair is terrible. I have to shampoo my hair EVERY day when I wake up. It's so greasy. Is there anything I can use to stop it?

YouTips4U: Hi, be sure you are using a shampoo for OILY hair because if your shampoo has too many moisturizers and conditioners in it, it is adding to your oiliness. Also, be sure you rinse your shampoo out thoroughly. Any residue left behind can contribute to product buildup and increase sebum production and weigh hair down. This is a common problem in puberty because oil glands become very active. Sometimes it's just a matter of trial and error to find the right product for your hair. Also, when you condition your hair, be sure you only apply conditioner to the hair below your ear lobes; the hair you can gather in a ponytail. Do not condition your scalp. You can use a bit of baby powder massaged into your scalp to soak up excess oil throughout the day. Just apply a small amount in your hands, rub them together and apply to your scalp - not your hair. Try rinsing your scalp with apple cider vinegar. Put a teaspoon of vinegar into a pint of water and use as a finishing rinse. It will help remove any soap residue.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

My Natural Boar Bristle Brush Smells?

Hi, I just bought a new boar bristle brush that has a wooden handle. It has this horrible kind of nauseating smell that i assume is coming from the glue that bonds the bristles in place. Is there any way of removing this smell without harming the bristles? I've tried washing it with baby shampoo but the smell still remains.. Let me know if you know anything that could do the trick! thanks!

YouTips4U: Excellent, congratulations - you did a great thing. Don't be alarmed by the smell, they do have an odor when they're brand new. It has been compared to a wet dog. Give it time, the odor will fade in a few days. You can speed up the process by washing it with shampoo and rinsing it as you have been doing, but I don't recommend doing this because it wears down the brush and wood. If you do decide you must wash it because it's really bothering you, use a gentle shampoo and water to lather; no conditioner, and rinse well. Do not soak it in water when cleaning it. Shake it out really well when you're done and let it air dry on a dry surface. Your brush will last for years and years if you take good care of it. For normal use purposes your brush should be shampooed about once a month and the loose hairs should be removed daily with a comb.

Can Products Fix Split Ends?

Hi, i straighten my hair frequently, and i have a lot of split ends because of it. I am trying to grow my hair out to about a foot. My hair is currently at about shoulder length, about 6 or 8 inches. It seems my hair grows very slow, and cutting the split ends seems to defeat the purpose of growing it out longer. what can i do to not only fix the hair, but try to prevent it from happening again because of the frequent heat? please write back!!!

YouTips4U: Hi, straightening your hair frequently can be very damaging and cause split ends. Using conditioner after you shampoo and using leave-in conditioner products to repair the split ends can mend them, but this is only a temporary solution. Conditioning products will smooth out the hair shaft, but it quickly wears off within a day or two. If you ever look at your hair when it's been a few days since you washed your hair, you will notice that your split ends are very obvious, and they weren't obvious after you washed and styled your hair. That is why the only way to save your hair from further breakage caused by split ends is to trim the split ends off. If you don't, they get bigger and ride further up the hair shaft. Eventually they break off leaving your hair shorter. When you have time, please take a look at my video on YouTube on how to blow dry and straighten your hair to minimize damaging it. In this two-part video I give you some tips on how you can still achieve your desired look using a straightener, while minimizing the damaging effects on your hair. Here is the link: