You cannot pass a newsstand, magazine rack, or Oprah Winfrey without hearing how to care for, feed and inspire your soul. To some this is the part of you that feels, loves, and is moved by nature or romantic comedies. To others it is the part of the body that is spiritual in nature. To me, it is the one body part that stubbornly resists most kinds of moisturizer and remains hidden away during the winter months. In my case, of course, I am talking about the sole; the bottom of the foot. While foot care is something normally associated with summer when sandals are in season, I urge you to take advantage of the winter months to nurture your sole.
The benefit of a foot care routine during winter is that come summer, your feet are ready to slip into sandals without wasting the first two weeks with rigorous foot repair. For instance, cracked heels do not disappear overnight. The deeper the cracks, the more intensive moisturizing they require. During the winter you can slip cotton socks on after putting lotion on your feet. This is incredibly helpful to the healing process. You are less likely wear cotton socks during the hot days and nights of summer.
Good foot care is an essential part of your grooming routine. If your feet are dry, scaly and cracked and/or your toenails are misshapen or discolored, you should book a pedicure at a salon. Select a pedicure that includes a paraffin wax treatment if your heels are cracked. If you have never had a salon pedicure, you are in for a treat. Your feet are pampered while you relax with a magazine or good book. A standard pedicure may include (but is not limited to) a soak in a jetted foot tub, a scrub with a foot paddle to remove dead skin, medicinal grade moisturizers, and paraffin wax (which is also great for people with poor foot circulation or arthritis). After your feet have been treated, your toenails and cuticles are shaped and the nails are painted in the color of your choice. Many salons give you the nail color to take home. You may also have the option to purchase the moisturizers.
Have you ever worn a wig (not counting to a costume party)? If the answer is no, ask yourself this: “why not?”
Wigs can be very useful accessories. They give you a chance to experience different hairstyles without cutting or dying your natural hair. They also put an end to bad hair days and give you a chance to look completely different whenever the mood strikes.
There are many different kinds of wigs. The kind you choose should depend on your lifestyle.
• The Diva: If you never leave the house without your makeup on and can spot a Gucci bag from 20 feet away, invest in a human hair wig. Human hair wigs can be curled, flat ironed, and styled the way you would style your natural hair. They last longer than synthetic and look natural. You can even have your wig professionally shaped and colored by a hairdresser. Human hair wigs can be expensive, but with the proper care, they last a very long time.
• The Change-It-Up Fashionista: If you love to play with your look, consider synthetic wigs. You cannot style them like human hair wigs; they usually come pre-styled and colored. Synthetic wigs are less expensive than human hair, therefore you can buy several different styles and colors enabling you to completely change your look on a whim.
• The Purist: If you cannot make the leap to a full wig or prefer your hair pulled away from your face, clip on ponytails, buns, or ¾ falls are for you. A ¾ fall is a partial wig that sits behind your natural hairline. When using partial wig products, it is important to match your hair color as closely as possible to achieve a natural look.
When wearing a wig, ponytail, or fall, make sure the fit is comfortable. Most come with adjustable elastics or clips. Take the time to adjust your piece to fit your head. Anything pinching or pulling or feeling too tight will make for a very uncomfortable day.