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Splendor Fashion


...a true essence of fashion

Maintaining Your

LONG HAIR African Beads And Beauty

Dudes! Spot A Muffler, Steal The Show! Plus 3 Pages on

Fashion Expressions of Celebrities



BEADS By Bukkie Sanders


South Africa Diamond-inlaced Beads Ghanian Beads

Batik bone beads Mali-wedding


Model: Mary Omoto Credits:

ach African Bead carries its own story; a rich history and story behind it. African beads and jewelry have played enormous role in the culture, fashion, economy and artistic expression of the African people. Beads were treasured symbols of royalty in the medieval times. Today, they are cherished by collectors, Jewelry makers and everyday people who just love wearing African Beads.

Beads and Bead-making have a long history in Africa. Beads have been made by indigenous African for thousands of years. The ancient Benin kingdom in the present day Niger Delta, the El-Kanem Kingdom of the pre-colonial northern Nigeria, the ancient kingdoms of Ghana and Egypt and Ethiopia were noted for largescale bead-making and other artistic works.

Erickson-Beamon-Beaded -multi-strand-necklace

Beads are still very much ingrained in our modern culture and hold a pride of place in the global fashion industry. We present you with a variety of beads across Africa.

Fulani beads



FCounsel ASHION TATTOOS AND BODY PIERCINGS: Risks & Precautions the skin repeatedly. With every puncture, the needles insert tiny ink droplets. The process which is done without anesthetics causes a small amount of bleeding and slight to potentially significant pain. Tattoos breach the skin, which means that skin infections and other complications are possible. Specific risks include:


ou could be the proud owner of a new tattoo or a body piercing in a matter of hours but don't let the ease of getting tattoos stop you from making a thoughtful decision about permanent body art. Before you get any of them, make sure you know what's involved. Also, be certain that it is the right decision for you. A tattoo is a permanent mark or design made on your skin with pigments inserted through pricks into the skin's top layer while a body piercing is a permanent mark on the body by making holes on particular part of the body such as nose, lips etc This individualistic expression has become more accepted, and now you can even see lawyers, doctors and other professionals boasting there special and personally meaningful designs tattooed on their bodies. In particular, tattoos are common among artists. Britney Spears has a fairy tattooed on her lower back. Model and actress Vide Guerra has a rose on her ankle, and a little devil just below her bikini line; model Carmen Electra has "Eleven XXII" (her wedding date), under her left wrist. Typically, the tattoo artist uses a hand-held machine that acts much like a sewing machine, with one or more needles piercing

Allergic reactions. Tattoo dyes especially red, green, yellow and blue dyes can cause allergic skin reactions, such as an itchy rash at the tattoo site. This can occur even years after you get the tattoo. Skin infections. A skin infection which might cause redness, swelling, pain and a pus-like drainage is possible after tattooing. Other skin problems. Sometimes bumps called granulomas form around tattoo ink. Tattooing can also lead to keloids raised areas caused by an overgrowth of scar tissue. Blood borne diseases. If the equipment used to create your tattoo is contaminated with infected blood, you can contract various blood borne diseases including etanus, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. MRI complications. Rarely, t a t t o o o r permanent makeup might cause swelling or burning in the affected areas during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams. In some cases, tattoo pigments can interfere with the quality of the image such as when a person who has permanent eyeliner has an MRI of

the eye. If you wants a tattoo, make sure that the tattooist

! Washes their hands before tattooing and uses clean gloves

! Cleans the skin to be tattooed

! Uses a single-use, disposable razor to shave the skin to be tattooed, if needed

! Uses single-use sterile needles and tubes and single-use inks

! Covers the tattooed skin with a bandage and provides aftercare instructions If you want a body piercing, make sure that the piercer

Washes their hands before piercing and uses clean gloves.

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Cleans the area to be pierced

 Uses a single-use, disposable razor to shave the skin to be pierced, if needed

 Uses sterile needles, clamps, receiving tubes and body jewelry

Provides aftercare instructions



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Maintaining Your ...The Beauty File



woman's hair is her treasure and pride, particular when its long. It brings out the adorable queen in every woman and attracts honour to her. Long, gorgeous, healthy hair requires more care than short bobs. You have to take special precautions to prevent breakage and split ends, which give the hair a dry or fried appearance. Daily grooming activities, such as washing with harsh shampoos, brushing, blow-drying and back combing, take their toll on your long locks. Other issues that can damage hair include poor nutrition, hormonal changes, medications and disease. Here are some tips for maintaining long, healthy and beautiful hair.

Eat healthy and give your hair the right amount of vitamins The best way to protect your hair is to eat a balanced diet high in calcium and protein. Foods that are good for the hair include yoghurt, fish with omega-3 fatty acids, beans and legumes, nuts. Drink lots of water as this will help keep your hair hydrated and healthy

Massage your Head Even if you have naturally oily hair, it's likely that your hair isn't getting adequate moisture all the way down to its tips without a little help from hair products. Oil masks, serums and leavein conditioners are all good options for healthy hair from top to bottom. Also, massage your scalp while you're shampooing your hair. The stimulation will help increase blood circulation to your hair follicles and this can result in a faster growth rate for your hair.

Wash hair sparingly with a goodquality shampoo Use the mildest shampoo you can find that will clean your hair. Start with warm water to dampen and rinse your hair. Gently massage the shampoo through your hair but don't scrub strongly. Make sure you get all the shampoo out by rinsing until the water is clear, because soap residue will make your hair look dull. As for washing and conditioning, be careful. Don't knot or tangle your hair while shampooing, and focus just on washing the roots. The ends won't need washing but maybe once a week. Use conditioner depending on your hair type, length, and treatment damage Conditioning hair is all about providing sufficient hydration to the hair strands. After washing your hair, use a homemade conditioner that you rinse out and then one that you leave



in. Conditioners help protect the hair follicles by coating them and creating a barrier from weather and other elements. Every four to six weeks, give yourself a conditioning treatment.

Don't brush your hair too much Never brush wet hair because it will pull and stretch the hair to the breaking point.

When your hair is wet, start at the bottom with a comb and work your way up to remove the tangles. Dry hair can be brushed, but don't overdo it. The more you brush your hair, the more likely it is to break. Only use a brush if the bristles are wide and set apart.

Trim as Needed While those with shorter hair don't need to be quite as mindful of trim maintenance, longhaired beauties need to stop split ends in their tracks before they travel up the hair shaft. Without proper trims, you'll be facing an inch or two of dry split ends and that's definitely never in style.

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XCEL Fashion Splendor Issue 12  

A subsidiary of XCEL International Magazine celebrating the true essence of fashion

XCEL Fashion Splendor Issue 12  

A subsidiary of XCEL International Magazine celebrating the true essence of fashion