AMERICA'S HEROES

BEAUTY:

Wedding Style

Protect Jewelry

Hair Styling

Fight Aging

Project Runway

Celebrity Hair

Youthful Skin

Gold Jewelry

Be Well-Tressed At Your Wedding

(NAPSI)-On your wedding day, you want everything to be perfect--your shoes, your flowers, your dress but perhaps most importantly, your hair. After all, it's the day when all eyes are on you.

Great hair begins months before the big day, according to cosmetologist Ernie McCraw, director of professional beauty education for Sally Beauty Supply. He suggests this timetable for your tresses:

Six Months Out

Six months before the big day, schedule a consultation with your stylist for your hair's state of the union. He or she can tell you if your hair is on the right track and give you some good pointers.

Are you happy with your color? If not, do a little experimenting since you have some time. Demi-permanent dyes are great for this as they don't contain ammonia, won't damage hair and only deposit color. They last about four to six weeks, so you can try a few before settling on the one that compliments your features the best. Ion Color Brilliance carries a clear demi-permanent for those who like their color but want to add extra shine.

Three Months Out

Moisture is key to good-looking hair, so start a weekly conditioning treatment at this point. Test out a few different products to find one that's right for your specific hair type. Dry hair will need a heavier deep conditioner while those with oily hair might want to opt for a light leave-in conditioner such as Miracle 7.

Four To Six Weeks Out

Four to six weeks before the wedding, hold a hairstyle dress rehearsal. Bring along any headpieces or embellishments you're planning to use to get the full effect. Once the style is complete, take it on a test-drive to see how it holds up. You won't be spending the entire wedding sitting in a chair, so you want to make sure the style will still look fabulous after you've hugged all those relatives and lived it up on the dance floor.

Two Weeks Out

For hair that looks fresh without looking too newly done, add color or highlights two weeks before the wedding. To keep color looking vibrant, replace your normal shampoo and conditioner with something specifically formulated for color-treated hair. Ion Color Defense has a complete line to help extend and protect hair color.

• Ernie McCraw is a licensed cosmetologist with more than 25 years in the beauty industry in all phases of cosmetology and is director of professional beauty education for Sally Beauty Supply. To find a Sally Beauty store, call (800) ASK-SALLY or go to SallyBeauty.com.

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Tips To Help Protect Your Jewelry

(NAPSI)-Jewelry is often a gift from the heart and can serve as a sparkling reminder of special occasions.

Despite its sentimental value, however, jewelry can still be vulnerable to damage, loss and theft. Jewelry is occasionally lost in the swimming pool, left in a public restroom and even thrown away with the garbage. Here are a few tips to help you protect your gems:

• Remove jewelry before you swim, even rings. Your fingers constrict in cold water and rings might fall off. What's more, salt water and jewelry don't mix. Ocean water can damage metals and stones.

• Pearls are easily damaged by personal grooming products such as cosmetics, moisturizer and perfume, so avoid applying these where you wear jewelry.

• If you ever bump or snag jewelry, have it inspected for possible damage.

• Never place jewelry in your pockets, near vents, grates, sinks or drains.

• Some gems are prone to fading so store them away from direct sunlight.

• When traveling, leave valuable jewelry at home or in the hotel safe. Don't leave it in your room.

• At home, it's not a smart idea to leave jewelry in an obvious place such as a jewelry box. That's the first place burglars look. The best place to keep valuable pieces is in a fireproof safe. You can purchase these at hardware stores, supercenters or office supply stores.

• Most burglaries take place in the daytime. Always be sure to lock your home's doors and windows.

• Have jewelry inspected and reappraised periodically. Some jewelers recommend doing this once a year.

• Take photos of your jewelry and store them in a safe, secure place outside your home.

• Insure your jewelry with a specialty insurance provider, such as Jewelers Mutual.

• At www.Jewelrysafetynet.com and (800) 558-6411 you can get a free quote on insuring your jewelry, apply for a policy and learn more jewelry protection tips.

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Secrets To Beautiful And Healthy Hair

(NAPSI)-Having beautiful and healthy hair is so important to women's self-image that they invest considerable time in hair care. According to research by Leiflin Associates, 40 percent of the women surveyed said their hair IS their style.

Here are a few tips experts recommend to help you achieve stylish, healthy locks:

• Start with a trim. Even if you choose not to change your style with a drastic cut, visit a professional to take care of split ends. Frayed ends can weigh down any look and prevent sustainable hair growth. Remember, a deep conditioning oil can treat split ends and help minimize salon visits.

• Beauty Sleep Can Lead To Beautiful Hair. You may be able to get more gorgeous looking locks simply by switching pillowcases. Cotton pillowcases can absorb natural oils, drying hair out.

To maintain luscious locks, sleep with a satin or silk pillowcase. A silk scarf can be another, more budget-friendly option. After hair is washed at night, apply Soft & Beautiful StyleProtect Nighttime Dry Wrap Mousse to damp hair.

The mousse helps curly and coarse hair dry in half the time while providing five times the protection against split ends. Either wrap the hair in the silk scarf before going to bed or sleep on the silk pillowcase to wake up with sleek, smooth-looking hair.

• Heated styling tools can have drying and damaging effects. Curling and flat irons may seem a necessity, but they can be harmful to your hair. Before grabbing your favorite heat styler, use a protecting aid such as Soft & Beautiful Botanicals Extra Lite Crème Moisturizer. It helps protect hair and control frizz.

The moisturizer, specially designed for drier hair, also helps you finish a style. When gathering hair into a ponytail or updo, lightly apply to hair at the nape of your neck and hairline, smoothing with a small bristle brush to control flyaways.

• Hydrate Locks. A conditioning spray with ingredients such as jojoba and almond oil helps nourish and moisturize hair.

To avoid flyaways and add protection, use a hot oil treatment once a month. For a quick fix try a featherweight spray.

Learn More

For more information, visit www.softandbeautifulhair.com.

One way to prevent split ends is to hydrate hair by using a moisturizing oil at least once a month.

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Restoring Volume

(NAPSI)-The science of skin care keeps improving, offering newer ways to restore radiance and volume to aging skin.

"As we age, there is both a dramatic loss and redistribution of essential elements in the skin, including collagen, hyaluronic acid and even fat," said Dr. Paul Jarrod Frank, a New York City−based dermatologist. "These changes lead to deflated and hanging tissue, much like a well-filled balloon that loses air over time.

"People have sought injections to return the volume needed for a youthful look and counteract this mid-face sink," said Frank. "Inspired by these trends, GoodSkin Labs created Filextra, a simple and powerful facial cream that helps plump, hydrate and revolumize skin's appearance."

For more information, visit GoodSkin Labs at www.goodskinlabs.com.

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Crafty Ideas...Sew-a-licious

(NAPSI)-These days, dressing yourself, your family and your home in the latest styles or the most creative designs can be easier, less expensive and more enjoyable than many people realize--when you sew or embellish it up yourself.

That's because sewing and embroidering can be such rewarding and cost-efficient ways to create personalized gifts and improve your wardrobe. For example, you can monogram initials onto virtually anything from apparel to accessories to home decor items.

Traditionally handcrafts, sewing and embroidery have greatly evolved with technological advancements and the development of computerized sewing and embroidery machines. These can help even beginners achieve professional-looking results and create customized designs.

Such do-it-yourself projects can be a popular mother-daughter activity, especially among groups eager to pass down traditional styles and ideas. For example, stitching--or sewing--is a tradition that weaves itself deeply into the fabric of Latin-American culture. "It is their own kingdom," said Denis Heyck, professor of Spanish at Loyola University Chicago. "This tradition is a way for women to have their own space to talk about the things they want to talk about."

Another reason DIY sewing and embroidery projects are so stylish these days may be the popular reality TV shows that feature creating couture, such as "Launch My Line" and Lifetime's "Project Runway."

To meet the need, some manufacturers, such as Brother International Corporation, the Exclusive Sewing and Embroidery Licensee of "Project Runway," offer budget-friendly, beginner-friendly versions of the industrial sewing machines used on the TV show.

These "Project Runway" Limited Edition sewing and embroidery machines are available online and at major stores. The collection includes a variety of machines for various skill levels and budgets with different embroidery features, design potential, personalization and new ways to create embellishments.

The more advanced machines with added capabilities are at authorized Brother Innov-is Dealers. A list of dealers, sewing advice and more information can be found by visiting the home sewing pages of www.brother-usa.com/homesewing.

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Tips To Maximize Thin-Looking Hair

(NAPSI)-Thin-looking hair doesn't do much for a man's self-esteem, but there are ways to maximize the hair you do have. Here are a few tips from celebrity hair stylist Ryan Trygstad.

1. Prep the hair with the right product.

2. Control dandruff at the scalp with head & shoulders Hair Endurance for men. The ZPT formula cleans hair to give it a fuller, thicker appearance by depositing balanced conditioning ingredients and tackling signs of dandruff.

2. Letting sideburns get too long and bushy can make the thin parts of hair look thinner, so keep your sideburns at a nice mid-length.

4. Avoid gel, which can make hair look wet, thin and see-through.

5. Use a blow dryer to add volume before you add any product.

6. Do not overcondition as this can leave hair flat and lifeless.

For more information on how to maximize your hair's potential, please visit headandshoulders.com.

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Help For Thinning Skin

(NAPSI)-It's no joke: Being thin skinned can affect how healthful and youthful you may look. That's because people who add fullness and thickness to thin, fragile, aging skin not only develop a smoother look, they're better able to resist bruising.

One way to do so is with Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty acids (EFAs). Vital to skin cell membranes, they can be a way to increase skin fullness in thin skin. Over time, skin loses EFAs, which the body cannot manufacture. EFA deficiency can result in skin becoming dry and thin.

To help, Reviva Labs has formulated from plants an original blend of 10 different omega-3 and omega-6 EFAs. Called Reviva Labs Essential Fatty Acid (EFAs) Cream, it's light and easily absorbed into skin cells.

Reviva Labs skincare products are available in leading health food stores nationally.

For more information, call (800) 257-7774 or visit www.revivalabs.com.

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A Golden Opportunity

(NAPSI)-While many are trying to raise cash these days by selling their old jewelry, others have discovered they can make money--or even build their own business--buying gold.

How It Works

With the help of a women-owned, women-run company that empowers others to take charge of their own success, women are discovering ways to earn extra funds and actually do good at the same time. Through an organization called Golden Girls, women are employed to purchase precious metals--specifically gold--in a comfortable social setting among their friends, neighbors or network of contacts.

The expertly trained professional buyers who join Golden Girls are given the latest technology to assess, measure and certify the gold they purchase.

They work with women who want flexible hours, entrepreneurial potential and the bonus of actually making a difference. The team members are rewarded not only monetarily, but they also get a chance to support their favorite cause, as the company donates a percentage of each party's sales to a charity selected by the hostess. So far, over half a million dollars has been donated by the company to charities ranging from well-known, national organizations such as Susan G. Komen to community scholarship funds.

Party attendees can sell their unwanted jewelry in a pressure-free environment and get paid on the spot while enjoying the company of friends.

Here are some of the ways parties do good with gold:

How It Helps

• Hostesses can select their favorite philanthropic organizations--large or small--to become charity beneficiaries. Women who have strong ties to their communities are best able to identify areas of need and find ways to support them.

• Charities across North America can use gold-buying parties as fundraising opportunities for their members, supporters and other contacts. These organizations can even create a network of parties to maximize their rewards.

Who It Helps

Explained Deanna Brown, Golden Girls co-founder, "With each party we host, we're able to help more people in need--from women looking for ways to support their families to the thousands of outstanding organizations we've been able to support."

Learn More

For more information on how to host a party or train to become a buyer, plus learn about other ways to make money, visit www.golddoesgood.com or call (866) 995-2008.

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