Go with the Gut: 7 Foods to Eat for Better Skin, Hair and Mood

All symptoms of the body from thin, dull hair, and sallow skin, to acne breakouts, body aches and sluggish energy all point to the gut. Gut health is incredibly important making mindful eating an essential part of longevity and anti-aging. If you want to feel vibrant and maintain a youthful appearance up to 15 years younger than your actual age, start weaving these key foods into your diet.


When we have an overgrowth of candida in the gut we experience things like acne breakouts, bloating, and constipation. Garlic mitigates all of this because it kills candida. Garlic also aids in digestion and immunity. Garlic also has anti-inflammatory properties making it ideal for joint aches. Allicin, which serves as an anti-aging, antifungal benefit to garlic aids in smoothing skin and preventing acne and other skin conditions.

Ground Flaxseed:

Responsible for helping food to travel effortlessly and smoothly through the GI tract, flaxseed keeps us regular. Flaxseed also contains cancer fighters called lignans which also ward off heart disease. Flaxseed helps to minimize rashes, skin flare ups and irritation. When you consume flaxseed your skin becomes more even toned and less sensitive.

Apple cider vinegar:

One of the best ways to address any digestive issues is to combine a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water or in tea and drink it before a meal. It helps your body to break down food. It helps with to prevent indigestion and stomach issues after eating. Anytime you can aid the digestive process you’ll notice glowing skin and a youthful radiance.

Celery & Celery Juice:

Another anti-inflammatory and cancer fighter celery also lowers blood pressure and rids us of sugar cravings (and sugar makes the skin sallow and leads to breakouts). The natural salts in celery juice maintain a healthy gut pH. The common recommendation is to drink 16 ounces on an empty stomach and improvements to digestion and physical appearance will be evident within 10 days.


High in fiber, cauliflower helps the gut maintain healthy microbes. This is important because when microbes or gut flora are out of whack a whole slew of symptoms become evident. These include digestive issues, depression or anxiety, and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

Fermented foods:

Kimchi is delicious and sauerkraut or pickled vegetables can make for a nice topping to a salad or mid-day snack. These fermented foods are packed with good bacteria which balances the microbiome, which is the anchor for our health and immunity.


Another “prebiotic” fiber that keeps the gut healthy and balanced is asparagus. You can add garlic to it and broil it in the oven offering a 1 -2 punch of gut friendly foods in one delicious side dish. It’s important to note that people who suffer from stomach pain may not do well with prebiotics in larger amounts. If the gut is already inflamed these foods can cause a flare up.

About the Doctor:

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike TysonMickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

Fall Back in Love with Your Hair with Cuvée Beauty

When the seasons start to change so does our desire to give ourselves a fresh new look and Cuvée Beauty has a few products that will keep your hair looking fresh and magnificent every day this Fall!
To help with the upkeep of freshly dyed hair, Cuvée Beauty’s Shampoo was created for daily use and is free of sulfates and parabens making it safe for color treated hair. This luxurious cleanser gently lathers to fortify and revitalize hair while creating shine. It is also infused with nutrients and protective anti-oxidants that will leave hair feeling clean and refreshed while delivering a shiny, vibrant finish.

Get it now at CuveeBeauty.com for $38

While using the shampoo, make sure to pair it with Cuvée Beauty’s Conditioner, a concentrated daily restorative treatment infused with a formula that leaves hair feeling soft, but also creating an impressive shine. The conditioner’s ingredients will help repair overworked strands and increase manageability while adding weightless hydration. Along with being able to protect color and chemically treated hair, this conditioner will renew and protect against daily wear and tear.

Get it now at CuveeBeauty.com for $38

If you’re heading somewhere this Fall, Cuvée Beauty has you covered with their limited edition, Everyday Essence Travel Kit. These kits are filled with three deluxe travel size products that will give any girl on the go the full Cuvée Beauty experience! Using the foundational steps for hair care, this kit includes Shampoo, Conditioner, and the Protective Treatment, which are all sulfate-free, paraben-free, and cruelty free! All of these products contain the Cuvée Complex, that incorporates luxurious ingredients like champagne, white truffle, and platinum, to create a one of a kind formula that repairs and strengthens for lush and shiny hair. These travel kits also provide new tips and tricks to help give you amazing results no matter where in the world your travels take you!

Get it now at CuveeBeauty.com for $30

Tracy Reese NYFW SS18: Get The Understated Blowout With Cantu

Yesterday, Cantu took the NYFW stage again at Tracy Reese’s SS’18 presentation. The show was inspired by the message that ‘Every Woman has a Story’ and featured a mix of models alongside real women.

During the presentation, each woman shared what made them unique, what they believed in, or what inspired them – all in their native tongue.

The beauty look embraced individuality enhancing each woman’s multifaceted personality.

Hair How To: Understated Blowout

Inspiration: Embracing the texture of each woman, we wanted to create a simple yet wearable style that allowed the fashion to be the main focal point.

Hairstylist: Bok-Hee for Cantu

  • Step 1: Start by spraying roots and lengths of hair with Cantu Refresh Dry Co-Wash for a clean, conditioned base.
  • Step 2: Next, spray hair with Cantu Thermal Shield Heat Protectant and blow hair out smooth using a round brush.
  • Step 3: Once hair is smoothed out, use a 1 ½ inch curing iron to create subtle curls at the lengths. When finished, loosen up the curls with your fingers for a more subtle wave.
  • Step 4: Lastly, mold hairline around the part and face using Cantu Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel to stand up slightly.

Boho Beach Hair | Thick Braid Headband

Elevate your summer hair styles with these easy to use braid extensions and accessories from Hairdo! From boho beach hair to an updo for a summer night, there’s sure to be a braid for every look!

Slide on the Hairdo Thick Braid Headband to instantly enhance any hairstyle. Wear it with loose hair or throw it up and POP it on for an elegant, effortless updo ($10; Wigs.com).

Get The Look: 89th annual Academy Awards

The 89th annual Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles last night and as always the styles didn’t disappoint.  Mimi Valdes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Mary J. Blige, and Gabrielle Union all slayed the Red Carpet, Viewing Parties, and After Parties with effortless/ fabulous looks! Below, find the step by step guide on how celebrity hairstylist, Larry Sims completed each look with Schwarzkopf GLISS, Schwarzkopf got2b and Smooth ‘N Shine!

Mimi Valdes

89th annual Academy Awards

How to Get the Look


  1. Start off by washing hair using  Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner
  2. Next, blow dry the hair out prepping with Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm 
  3. Start at the nape of the neck and the back center of the head adding in grey extensions to create a loose crown braid leaving organic tendrils around the hair
  4. Create a dip over the right eyebrow and secure with silver bobby pins.
  5. Use Schwarzkopf got2b Glam Force Hairspray for a firm hold to complete the look!

Tracee Ellis Ross

Elton John Viewing Party

How to Get the Look


  1. Start off by washing hair using Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner
  2. Diffuse hair and lightly used a bit of  Smooth ‘N Shine Instant Edge Smoothing Pomade to smooth out edges
  3. Lightly smooth Schwarzkopf got2b mess-merizing putty over hair for a texturized look
  4. Created a Dianna Ross inspired bun at the nape of the neck securing hair with a hook rubber band and bobby pins

Mary J Blige

Vanity Fair After Party

How to Get the Look


  1. Start off by washing hair using Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner
  2. Next, blow dry then flat iron hair. Prep with Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm 
  3. Use Smooth ‘N Shine Polishing Instant Repair Hair Polisher and Schwarzkopf got2b Glam Force Hairspray to finish the look!


Gabrielle Union

Vanity Fair After Party

How to Get the Look


  1. Start off by washing hair using Schwarzkopf GLISS™ Oil Nutritive Shampoo & Conditioner
  2. Next, prep hair with Schwarzkopf got2b Guardian Angel Flat Iron Balm and flat iron hair starting from the nape of the neck working towards the top for a smooth sleek texture
  3. Use a half inch curling iron and curl the front pieces away from the face. Use a mini flat iron to kick out the end of the hair and blow dry all over for a windblown undone look
  4. Complete the style with Schwarzkopf got2b mess-merizing texturizing hairspray for an effortless and flirty texture


Grammys GTL: Demi Lovato and Tinashe with John Frieda Hair Care

For tonight’s 59th Annual Grammy Awards, Demi Lovato’s hair made a sultry statement.
Inspiration: Clyde was inspired by Demi’s sexy crocheted Julien McDonald gown to create long, loose mermaid waves

Step-by-step tips on how to recreate her look:

  • To start, apply a golf ball sized amount of John Frieda Frizz Ease  Dream Curls Air-Dry Waves Styling Foam section to section, from root to tip, throughout wet hair
  • For longer hair like Demi’s, apply product liberally to ensure hair is completely saturated with the foam
  • Allow hair to air dry–in this case, during the duration of makeup application–gently scrunching pieces during the drying process
  • Once dry, take a 3/4 inch curling iron and bend strategic pieces throughout the hair, enhancing and defining the waves but pulling them loose as they cool for an elongated finish
  • To add sheen and the appearance of a “wet” finish, pump two palm-fulls of John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Six Effects + Serum and work it through hair, leaving hair with a beautiful shiny finish to glisten under the lights on the red carpet and the stage


Marcia Hamilton styles Tinashe for the 2017 Grammys
On tonight’s Grammys red carpet, Tinashe’s hair says she is bold and unapologetic.
Inspiration: As Tinashe usually wears her hair down to perform, Marcia wanted something off her face and her shoulders for the red carpet–but edgier than the usual braid.

Step-by-step tips on how to recreate her look:

  • To prep below blowing dry, apply a cocktail of  John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength Six Effects +  Serum  and John Frieda Frizz Ease Straight Fixation Styling Creme to wet hair
  • Blow dry hair straight almost entirely with a paddle brush, but concentrate on lifting hair at the roots but blowdrying with a round boar-bristly brush
  • If necessary, use a flatiron to give hair an even sleeker look, with exception of any face framing pieces
  • Pin two curls on either side of the head and let them set
  • Take a triangular piece of hair in the center of the back of the head, separate into two pieces and knot
  • Continue to pull pieces of hair from the sides of the head and knot in the back, creating a series of knots from the center of the head down the neck
  • After all hair as been gathered and knotted, twirl the bottom of the hair, twist it up and pin in the back
  • Release the pinned curls in the front of the head, brush them out, and finish by applying a light amount of John Frieda Frizz Ease Secret Weapon Touch-Up Styling Creme


America’s Next Top Model Season 23 – Episode 3 Recap

Last night on America’s Next Top Model the contestants received their signature makeovers.  Cast members were encouraged to be comfortable with their bodies; participating in a nude photo shoot with renown photographer Ellen Von Unwerth.



Everyone did not have the same level of enthusiasm while others embraced their new hair change. According to the panelist, Courtney, Tash, and Paige had the best model makeovers.

Cherish was uncomfortable with the challenge; refusing to dye her hair.  She was eliminated due to the awkwardness of her challenge photos.

Next week contestants will learn “key steps” to social media branding from DJ Khaled and Jasmine Sanders.

New Year’s Eve Party Prep – Start Now

It seems like just yesterday that we were getting into the Christmas spirit and now, it’s pretty much upon us. Aside from the food that we’ll eat and the presents that we’ll share, that only means one thing: New Year’s is right around the corner. The Holidays can be a busy time to prepare for, but they don’t just end when the clock strikes midnight on December 25th. In fact, for some people, they just get into full swing. So, why not think about getting prepared now?

You’re probably all ready for Christmas. You’ve got your candy cane nails on, the presents are wrapped, and the food is all planned out. So, now is the perfect time to get ready for your New Year’s Eve plans. You might even find that some of these preparations prepare you more for Christmas itself. Regardless of your plans this year, you’ll be grateful that you started early when you’re enjoying the evening with ease.


Look After Your Skin

With the range of delicious food and even a little champagne, it’s like that our bodies are going to be a little relaxed over the Holidays. It can also apply to our skin. When we’re indulging more and working out less, it starts to show all over our face. So, combat that now and do your best to fight away and problems that could pop up. Work on your cleansing routine and schedule in a few masks. Your perfect New Year’s complexion will be worth all of the effort.

Book Your Wax

If you’re a regular visitor at the waxing salon, why not swing by and make sure your appointment for New Year’s is already booked. You might even be able to get in before Christmas, killing two birds with one stone. But, if you leave it too late, you might find yourself without an appointment but with hairy legs. So think fast and make sure your appointment is set in stone.

Pick Your Makeup

You’ve got plenty of time, so why not think about trying a new makeup routine for New Years? It’s never a good idea to try something new on the night (unless you’re a professional), so start practicing now. Get your brushes, your Anastasia makeup, your lashes, and find a tutorial that will look great with your outfit for New Year’s – it might even make for a fun afternoon.

Decide What To Wear

And while we’re on the topic, you’re going to want to think about what you’re going to wear. You might already have an outfit in mind, so if you do try it all on. If you’ve seen something you want to buy, buy it now. If you wait any longer, your size might be sold out. Or, if you’re styling up an outfit with things you already have, waiting until the last minute to put it all together could be disastrous. It might not look right, or you could find that things no longer fit. So while you have the time, get your look ready.

Book Your Hair

Now that you’ve got an outfit sorted and you’ve had a play around with your makeup, you’re going to want to think about your hair. If you’re planning on having it cut or a new color applied, head to the salon and get your appointment confirmed. You might even want to get any style changes done now, just to make sure that you like them ahead of the night. If you’re thinking of having it styled, then booking it now will make sure that your slot is reserved.

Get In Shape

The year isn’t over yet, so if you’re still a pound or two off of your New Year’s Eve target, you’ve still got time to get in shape. You might not be able to see a complete turnaround, but there’s still time to get in some running and weight training. You never know, your final efforts could be the ones that make you feel incredible or finally make you fit into that dress. So get your mind in the game and stick at it!

Book Your Mani

And finally, the last appointment that you might want to make will be for your nails. You have your Christmas design on now, but it might not look right for your New Year’s Eve plans – especially now that you have your makeup, outfit and hair all sorted out. Get an appointment for the 31st itself or as close to it as possible; then you can avoid any last minute breakages that could kill your mood!

Party Girl Glam – Beauty Essentials

Holiday parties are right around the corner, and we’ve got you covered on how to get the ultimate party girl look! Look your best and strut your stuff this holiday season with these beauty essentials.

Prep your skin with KORRES Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream. This Wild Rose moisturizer is formulated with a range of ingredients that moisturize and brighten the complexion. Wild rose oil, a natural source of vitamin C, helps repair the look of fine lines and skin discolorations. ($38; Sephora.com)


Prep, prime, and polish your eyes in a single step with Pür Eye Polish Pure Pigment Eye Primer + Top Coat. With a pure pigment eye primer and top coat in one formula, this metallic cream shadow delivers flawless, long-lasting color with exceptional ease. Special light-reflectors add eye-popping vibrancy, while a silicone applicator minimizes smudging and creasing for expert precision.
Available shades: Cashmere, Satin, Silk, Velvet, Suede, Caviar.($26; PurMinerals.com or ULTA Beauty stores nationwide)


Go for a stand out, show-stopping pony with the Hairdo 18” Simply Straight Pony. Wear this clip-in pony high, low or to the side, as it features a strip of hair that wraps around to conceal where the ponytail meets your own hair. It’s perfect for going from the office to the party! ($49; Ulta and Ulta.com)


Get a pout that is sure to stand out with Minis by Violent Lips.They are the first ever all-purpose temporary tattoos for lips, face, eyelids, body, and nails. They come in packs of 100 with designs ranging from rainbows to emojis to a cute little cactus and more! ($9.99; ViolentLips.com)


Martha Hunt Getting Ready for Victoria’s Secret Show

Wondering how Victoria’s Secret angel, Martha Hunt, got Victoria’s Secret runway ready yesterday at the rehearsal in advance of today’s show?

Martha Hunt Victoria Secret

You guessed it – celebrity hairstylist, Benoit Moeyaert, used his favorite tool (and now Martha’s), The Beachwaver Co. BEACHWAVER to create her fabulous beachwaves yesterday!

Take a look at the link below and look out for a recap of backstage: