How to Save Your Blowout from the Gym

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Whether you do your own blowouts or pay for it at the salon, you want it to last. Broke & Chic asked a few stylish ladies what makes them not want to go to the gym or take a nice long jog. The reason: They didn’t want to ruin their perfect hair.

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When you’re a part of the curly/wavy/frizzy world, you want to maintain that smooth hair you spent hours in the bathroom trying to achieve. But sacrificing your health for your looks just isn’t practical. Here are a few ways to  salvage your hair after a nice run!

Use a blowdryer

The second you finish up at they gym, rough dry your hair using the cool setting. This will dry up all the sweat on your scalp, preventing the oils from traveling down your hair shaft. Most gyms have a hair dryer in the locker room. If not, bring one with you.

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Use dry shampoo

This will be your new best friend if you use it properly. After that quick sweat drying blow dry, spray your roots with the dry shampoo of your choosing. I personally like the Beyond the Zone Dry Shampoo located at Sally Beauty Supply for $7. If you’re in the mood for a product splurge, look into the TIGI Catwalk Session Series Transforming Dry Shampoo for about $19 at your local Ricky’s store. Both dry shampoos will give you nice volume while absorbing your excess oils so you can rock that blowout for one more day…or two!

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Have any tips of your own? Share your best advice in the comments below!

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New Year’s Resolutions: Trop50 Giveaway Pt 1

Posted 3 years ago by

What were your New Year’s Resolutions this year? I find that most people’s had to do with dieting. If so, you should check out 12 Diet Tips for a Healthier You that was posted earlier this month to get you back on track.

I’m a person who hates the word “diet.” It’s a word set up to make us fail. You’ll either live off of lettuce and yogurt, or go on a master cleanse. It’s always this unrealistic extreme.

If you stay focused and disciplined…you’ll probably lose that “freshman 15″ but, you’ll go right back to your old habits once you hit your goal, gaining all the weight back, if not more…and the sophomore 20 is so much worse. To help you succeed in your New Year’s Resolution, scratch off that “lose 10 pounds” and instead change it to “be healthier.”

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Don’t deprive yourself, it’s all about moderation. Love bagels? Eat half instead of the whole thing. Still a tad hungry? Opt for a fat free Greek yogurt instead of the other half.

The most sneaky pound packer, believe it or not, is our daily liquid consumption. All those sugary drinks like soda and fruit punch, and even the one’s advertised as “healthy” such as VitaminWater have sneaky sugar calories that pack on the pounds. The United Kingdom’s Advertising Standards Authority ruled that a Summer 2010 advertisement that claimed VitaminWater was “nutritious” was misleading due to the high sugar content

Water is obviously the best, but it’s okay to have a sweet tooth because Tropicana recently came out with a new drink called Trop50. This new drink delivers the goodness of fruit juice with 50% less sugar and calories than regular orange juice, with no artificial sweeteners.

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I happen to live with a born and raised Floridian who consumes up to a gallon of orange juice a day. Trop50 is a sigh of relief! We both can enjoy the taste without being paranoid about the sugar! Not a fan of orange juice? No worries! Trop50 has an array of other drinks like Raspberry Lemonade, Pomegranate Blueberry, Pineapple Mango, and Apple!

Why do I want to be healthier? Well, you are what you eat. When I eat more fruits and veggies than pizza and cookies, I can really feel the difference. I have more energy, and my skin just glows! With my crazy New York lifestyle, energy is crucial. Magnolia cupcakes seem appealing to the eye, but once consumed…it just weighs my eyelids down. I’ll save the fried and fattening stuff for those special occasions!

*I received the product mentioned above free of charge for editorial consideration, and I’m also eligible for additional incentives. However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Giveaway?

Broke & Chic has teamed up with Tropicana to get people to share the real reason behind their resolutions as part of  Trop50 True Resolutions. Three lucky Broke & Chic fans will endure an afternoon of pampering! Follow the rules below to WIN a $50 Spa Week Gift Card courtesy of Trop50!

Here’s How

1. Go to the Trop50 Facebook page and share your secret motivation.

Bonus: Just by sharing you’ll earn a coupon for $1 off Trop50 for yourself and 50¢ off coupons for up to 50 of your friends. You can even submit incognito with a fierce disguise!

Double Bonus: Whether you submit a resolution or not, you can enter for a chance to win a $1000 gift card to fill your New Year with goodness. (They’re giving away four!)

2. Comment below and tell Broke & Chic your New Year’s Resolution.

3. Follow Broke & Chic on Facebook and/or Twitter.

*You must do all three to be considered. Contest ends January 31, 2012. Contest only open to US residents.

Extra Chances

Click here to tweet about the contest or comment on the Broke & Chic Facebook page telling us one trend you’d like to see go away forever!

 

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12 Diet Tips to a Healthier You

Posted 3 years ago by

The holidays are officially over. Cookies, cakes, champagne, chocolate and of course the sweet potato casserole has all happened and you’re one week into your “eat healthier” resolution. You won’t fail if you follow these 12 amazing diet tips!

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1. Drink plenty of water.

No, Diet Coke doesn’t count. Many people confuse hunger with thirst. Before you grab those Doritos, grab a bottle of water first. If you still feel hungry go for it, just not the whole bag.

2. Think about what you can add to your diet, not what you can take away.

Start by making sure you’re getting the recommended daily 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables. Make veggies the star of the plate, not just the side. Ratatouille anyone? Don’t have time to cook? Make a daily stop to your local juicer for a green juice. Don’t worry, they actually taste good. Try the Supa Dupa Greens at Juice Generation. It’s filled with kale, spinach, cucumber, romaine, parsley, celery and apples!

3. Be choosy about your midnight snacks.

Don’t be a mindless eater. Most snacking occurs after dinner, when your relaxing on the coach in front of the television. You could down a whole bag of cookies if you’re not paying attention. End the eating amnesia by just not buying unhealthy snacks. Buy yogurt, granola bars and apples instead of potato chips and candy. Even better, substitute late night snacking with a cup of decaf herbal tea.

4. Enjoy your favorite foods.

Everything in moderation is the key to a long healthy life. If you swear off cookies forever, your diet will last less than three weeks. It’ll end with a sprint to your local bakery out of sweet deprivation. Don’t eat 20 cookies, eat three instead. Actually pay attention to the serving size on the back. Your best bet is to NOT buy in bulk. Just get a slice of pizza for dinner — not a whole pie.

5. Enjoy your treats away from home.

If you’re kitchen is filled with ice cream, candy and cakes…it’ll be eaten. If you want something sweet, leave the house for it. Even better, ask for that ice cream sundae in a kid size instead of the famous and fattening 5 scooper!

6. Try eating several little “meals” a day.

If you consume less calories than you burn, you’ll lose weight. Instead of having 3 large meals a day, have several fist sized meals throughout the day. You’ll be able to control your appetite better.

7. Only shop in the outer area of the grocery store.

If you pay attention, all the processed foods are in the center, while all the fresh and healthy items are on the outside. Don’t even let your self wander into the middle.

8. Have protein at every meal.

Protein helps to keep your body fuller for longer. Plus, it’s way more satisfying than carbs and fats. Think yogurt, tofu, almonds, skim milk, lean meats, hummus and edamame.

9. Get your body moving every day.

Gym memberships are expensive. If you can’t afford one at the moment, there are tons of other alternatives to get your heart pumping. For one, stop taking the elevator. All buildings that have elevators are required to have stairs…take them. Hiking up 6 flights of stairs a day will do your lungs, heart and legs some good. Also, don’t fight with the other drivers for that parking spot right in front of the door. Opt for that lonely spot way at the other end. Your car could benefit from this too. If no one’s parked next to you, no one can slam their door into yours. Double win!

10. Buy some cute workout clothes.

You’re more likely to go for a jog outside if you have a cute pair of hot pink sneakers to put on. Don’t opt for drab workout gear, make it colorful and stylish. Check out your local Target for some affordable and stylish gear.

11. Instead of going out for milkshakes, go out for smoothies.

Not only will you be getting some of your much-needed daily fruit servings, you’ll also avoid the 500+ calories in that milkshake. Just make sure it’s a healthy smoothie. Some places add sugar infested sorbet and sherbet to their smoothies. Really pay attention to the ingredient list on the menu. You want it to have soy, whey or hemp protein, fruit, ice and perhaps fat free yogurt or milk. Have to have that milkshake? Ask them to make it with skim milk instead of whole, or just ask for the kid size.

12. Don’t reward yourself with food.

If you do loose weight, reward yourself with a new pair of shoes, or a new dress. Not with a big greasy burger.

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These are just a few Broke & Fit tips for you to start 2012 off right. If you have any more to share, feel free to leave them in the comments! Happy New Year!

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