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Monday, October 24, 2005

PANEL: Hair and Beauty Tips for Today's Woman


OUR PANEL TODAY IS: Cheryl Talley Moss, Tia Williams

These ladies know what's hot and what's not in hair and beauty. Come visit and see what they have to say.

Post your questions in the comments section.

Please read the previous comments before you post, so we don’t have duplicate questions.

Please address your questions to a panel member or all panel members.


rootwomin said...


have either of the panelists written books about natural hair and beauty tips for african american women and if so where did they find their best information?
are either of you hairstylists or estheticians?

thank you,

meri #129

SORMAG said...

I'm curious if you have any tips for a working mother.

I find that I only wear make up on special occasions.

Any tips for looking good on regular days.

LaShaunda - OO

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Hi Cherly,
I have a 6 yr old daughter. She has a beautiful FULL head of long hair. I normally shampoo and blow dry it weekly, trimming about 1/2 inch once a month, but I still find that her hair has uneven growth. She has dry scalp, which is worsened if I keep it in a ponytail longer than 2 days straight. Any suggestions on what more I can do?

Love & Peace,
VeeJay, Badge #121

Anonymous said...

Hello everyone.
The author of Healthy Hair Care Tips for Today’s Black Woman is checking in.
First of all…let me say that I am happy to be here.

Now, let address your questions:

I consider myself an ethnic hair & skin care specialist.
I have been an award-winning cosmetology stylist/educator for over twenty-five year.
A good book to read regarding the care of natural hair is: No Lye: The African American Woman's Guide to Natural Hair Care by Tulani Kinard. Although, I don’t agree with some of her comments concerning the chemical composition and process of hair care products, I highly recommend this book to be used as a guide to care for natural hair.

Question #2

Any woman that only wears makeup on special occasions should make sure her skin is healthy.
Let's face it; your face is the first place people look when they meet you. It should be soft and free from any disorder or disease. Your texture, (appearance and feel) should always be fine grained. When I taught Beauty College, I used to tell my students that no amount of make-up can fake healthy skin.
And it’s true.
Think about it!
Compare you face to a freshly baked cake. If your cake falls, no amount of delicious icing can make it appear beautiful. You can't fake healthy skin by piling on a lot of makeup.
Always remember, the best indicator of healthy skin is a clear and smooth complexion.
LaShaunda my tip for you is:
Make sure your skin looks healthy by taking care of it.
After following a healthy skincare beauty regimen, take another minute out your busy, working mother’s schedule to at least apply lipstick and mascara.
My advice to you is to organize your schedule so that you will have additional minutes to apply a light foundation and powder. You will be amazed at how little time this takes.

Makeup can (when applied correctly) can minimize your flaws and maximize your attributes.
Very soon I will be releasing my third book, Healthy Skin Care Tips for Today’s Black Woman. I hope everyone will check it out.
In this book, I show you how to complete your beauty regimen (from cleansing to makeup application) in five minutes or less)

All women should set aside at least five minutes each day to take care our face. After all, it’s your calling card. It’s the place people look when they first meet you. From experience, let me tell you that…if you don’t take time out now to take care of your face (or any other party of your body) you will regret it later in life.
So… what I am saying is: no matter how busy we get, we need to take time each day to pamper ourselves…because we are worth it!

Question #3
VeeJay. You didn’t mention your daughter’s hair texture or if it has been chemically altered.
I commend you for weekly shampooing your daughter’s hair. Believe it or not, a lot of us are still uninformed about the importance of cleansing our hair weekly. Be careful when you are blow drying her hair. Please keep in mind that our hair is most fragile when it is wet. If you are using a pick attachment on your blow dryer, please don’t because stretching the hair when it is wet will cause it to loose some of its elasticity. This will cause split ends that will lead to hair breakage. Try letting her hair dry naturally.
Also, it is not unusual for scalp hair to grow unevenly.
It’s good that you are trimming her hair regularly; however, at the age of six, I would trim only ¼ inch every two months. I also recommend that you give your daughter hot oil treatments twice a month to relieve her dry scalp.

Please check out my website for my line of healthy hair products that was created to help you maintain healthy hair & skin.

One more thing. Your daughter’s hair texture and dry scalp condition will change because hair doesn’t fully develop until the age of 12. Until then, you never know what you’re gonna get!

I hope I have adequately answered all of your questions. If not, please post another comment. I will be more than happy to address your issues or concerns.

Until we meet again,
Peace & blessings,
Cheryl Talley Moss

Shelia said...

Hi Cheryl, good to see you here.
What type of scalp conditioner do you suggest someone use who has dry scalp or dandruff? Is there something I can get myself from Sally's Beauty Supply?

Shelia (Badge#16)

Shelia said...


Good day, (I'll be stopping by your blog later on), but anyway, I had a question.

What makeup would you suggest a person with sensistive skin use?

Shelia (Badge#16)

BlackButterflyReview said...

I like LaShaunda am a working mother and I only wear makeup on occasion. The difference is, I dont know if it is because I am busy or because I dont really care for makeup. My skin is smooth and healthy looking. When I wear makeup I get lots of compliments, but I dont like to wear it partly because my eyes and smile are my best features and I feel that my glasses take away from any shadow or outlineing that I might do. Would you suggest that I apply a heavier coat, so that it can be seen through my glasses? I also dont like lipstick, because I dont like to constantly reapply. Are there any real lipsticks that require 1 application?

Thanks, Eleanor (#17)

Felecia Ellis said...

Hi, I'm also a working mother and between getting my husband off the work and the children to school before I go to work doesn't leave a lot of time for make up. I do cleanse twice daily and have fairly nice skin. My problem (and don't laugh ladies) is that my eyebrows are thinning out. I mean almost gone. I have thick hair on my head and decent eyelashes I must apply pencil to my eyebrows. BTW I don't tweeze. I was born with a natural arch. Any suggestion? Is there anyway to grow them back?
Felecia (158)

Anonymous said...

Hey Shelia.
Girl, you know I only use professional hair products.
Unfortunately, I am not familiar with the product Sally’s carry; therefore, I recommend that you try my Healthy Scalp Treatment. It is available on my web site, and I am offering free shipping for all order over $15.00.

Those of you that have sensitive skin, try Prescriptive Flawless Skin Collection (available @ Nordstrom)

Unfortunately, Eleanor, there isn’t a way to make your eyebrows grow back thicker once they start to thin, unless it is due to a temporary blood disorder or medical therapy like chemotherapy. I am sure that a blood disorder is not the reason your eyebrow are thinning because you stated that you have thick hair and decent eyelashes.

Over thirteen years ago, I lost all of my body hair (due to chemotherapy) when I was recovering from cancer. Thank God it all grew back. That experience changed me. It made me very sympathetic to women with hair issues.

I recommend that you keep using eyebrow pencil, and consider yourself blessed that you still have thick hair and eyelashes. I’m jealous.

As for a long lasting lipstick, I recommend Revlon's Color Stay. They offer a choice of matte, crème or pearl, but please keep in mind that the color does lock on, in a "stain-like" way. Also, there is a very poor color selection for African-American skin tones

In conclusion, to all women that may b reading this, please remember that makeup isn’t for everyone. For those of you that don’t care to get "made up" in the morning…Don”t!
My 25 years plus in the beauty industry has taught me that most women that don’t ordinarily wear makeup have a tendency to overdo it when they do wear it.

When I see a woman that has overdone her makeup application (you know what I mean…those women that look like Drag Queens wearing neon eye shadows and lip gloss that has sparkles) I feel like throwing up both of my hand in the air and screaming, “ Sista, less is more!”
Respectfully Submitted,
Cheryl Talley Moss

Anonymous said...

just checking in. I will be answering more question very soon.
Cheryl Talley Moss

angeleque said...

I've been reading your responses and taking notes. I have two questions:

#1 – Like most, I’m on a low budget. I can’t afford $60 every two weeks to go to the hair salon to get my hair done. I have a more natural hair style that I get texturized. Is there easy (read low maintenance), low cost at home hair care or hair styles I can do myself. My hair is over 2 inches long so it’s not short but it’s not long (not long enough to put in a ponytail) and since it’s natural it tends to be drier than when I was getting it relaxed. It’s in that in-between stage and I’m trying to grow it out.

# 2- I’m looking for a quick make-up routine for sensitive/combo/acne prone skin. Something to help with the oiliness and camouflage the acne during breakouts. I don’t like heavy makeup but am interested in something I can use everyday, that’s easy and simple. I have a café au lait, caramel skin tone. Would powder or a tinted moisturizer work to help even out skin tone as well as give good coverage to camouflage the breakouts? Or is there another technique to help hide or conceal the acne?

Danielle (#21)

rootwomin said...


this is directed to all of the panel members.

have either of you created skin care products at home out of natural ingredients and if so, would you care to share any recipes with us, or can you refer us to a couple of recipes in your books?

i've experimented with the jeanne rose natural cosmetic book myself and i'm always open to learning about new natural products!

also if none of you have made any of your own have you tried any of the so-called natural lines? if so which ones would you recommend?

and lastly have any of you all found any truth to the statement that black skin is different from other skin types and that we of african descent need a particular type of product for our skin?

meri #129

BlackButterflyReview said...

Thank you for the information. I will just stick with the no makeup and lipstick when I am doing a special occasion. BTW, I dont have an eyebrow condition. I wasnt born with much (a family trait). Its someone else that had that problem, but thanks again for the advice.

Eleanor (#17)

Cheryl Talley moss said...

Cheryl Talley Moss/Georgia’s Girl Healthy Hair & Skin Care Products offers all natural facial products which include Cheryl’s 4 in 1 Gentle Face Wash Foam and Cheryl's Anti-Aging Serum.

Linda said...

I have two questions for the panelists.

1. My granddaughter is mixed. She has a head full of hair that is usually held captive by a headband until she visits me. What would you suggest as a detangler to help lessen the pain of combing her hair?

2. I would like to experiment with lighter shades of lipstick but find I'm not comfortable with the results of my efforts. I seem to get some color to stay on the upper lip, but my lower lip literally absorbs color.
What would you suggest?

Linda said...

Oops -- This is Linda Badge #141

Tee C. Royal said...

Wow, quite an informative thread going on here. I'm taking notes! I'm really a low/no make-up kind of person as I have pretty healthy skin. I tend to only wear lipstick and eyeliner.

Recently, I treated myself to a facial and the technician has convinced me to do this once a month. I have overly sensitive skin and only wash it with warm water, occasionally using products like Oil of Olay daily wipes.

Is the once a month treatment good/bad in regards to facials?

-Tee C. Royal
Badge #57

essence4real said...

I have heard that it is not good for AA to put products in their hair with mineral oil or petroleum. I stopped and my hair is a lot healthier. I try to use essential oils and shea butter in my natural hair.

Am I on the right track?

Also, I have curly hair that draws up pretty quick. I keep hearing about stretching the hair. Are you familiar with this technique?

Thank you for your time.

essence4real said...

Sorry, I forgot my name and Badge Number

LaTara (badge #27)

SORMAG said...

Thanks Cheryl,

Excellent advice. I do believe your face is your calling card. I do have healthy skin. I believe makeup should enhance not make you look like you have on a mask.

I guess I need to add ten minutes to my morning routeen. (I'm not a morning person and neither are my kids)

LaShaunda - 00

P.S. Thanks so much for being here and answering our questions.

P.S.S. Give your website again please.

Anonymous said...

Hello Ladies.
Cheryl Talley Moss is joining you again.

The reason lighter shades of lipstick wont stay on your lips is because your lips (unlike face and body skin) have no sebaceous glands to supply needed moisture. As a result, our lips often become dry, and absorb your lipstick. Before applying your lipstick, apply a creamy base that adds emollients to the lips. I love absolutely love Shea Butter. My company offer’s a wonderful product called Georgia’s Shea Butter Skin Cream. I named it after my late mother because I have fond memories of watching my mother (when I was a child) whip extra ingredients in lotions and creams to moisturize & condition our dry skin. This super-rich and creamy lotion is enriched with a 95% pure, unrefined Shea Butter. The other ingredients are essential oils of Almond, Wheat Germ, Cocoa Butter, Corn, Apricot Kernel, and Mango & Coconut. By the way, I guarantee that this product will instantly relieve) a facial once a month will be beneficial to any skin type.
However, I recommend doing it more often.
I don’t recommend using pure mineral oil or petroleum on your hair and scalp because it will clog your hair follicles.
Keep in mind that the first 4 ingredients in any product is what it is mostly composed of. The first ingredient being the largest amount in the product, and so on. Over 20 years ago, I was employed as the assistant to the chemist of the Research and Development Department at E. F. Young Jr. Manufacturing Company, the oldest African-American owned manufacturer of cosmetics and hair care products made especially for African-Americans. I learned that sometimes you need to add mineral oil or petroleum to emulsify a product. Please keep in mind the order in which these ingredients are listed. If petroleum is listed last, chances are only 1 or 2% of this ingredient was used to assist in coagulating or emulsifying; therefore, it won’t clog your pores.
Tia, you are absolutely correct! Using Shea butter & essential oils in your hair is the way to!

Your hair and skin care products should contain as many essential oils and butters as possible
Look at the products you have at home (and the products your hairstylist are using) to see if they have any of the healthy ingredients below.

Shea Butter
Mango Butter
Almond Butter
Apricot Butter
Mango Butter
Jojoba Oil
Chamomile Oil
Rosemary Oil
Dandelion Oil
Rosehip Oil
Vitamin E (Tocopherol) Oil
Carrot Oil
Olive Oil
Botanical extracts of Dandelion
Botanical extracts of Ginseng
Botanical extracts of Chamomile
Botanical extracts of Rose Hip

And the list goes on and on.
I give the benefits of each of these ingredient in my soon to be released guide to healthy skin, “Healthy Skin Care Tips for Today’s Black Women.”

Cheryl Talley Moss/Georgia's Girl Healthy Hair & Skin Care Products is dedicated to keeping our hair & skin as healthy & youthful as possible. Each of our products contains as many organic ingredients as possible to assure you that our line is safe, gentle and effective.

All items have been (and continue to be researched) tested, and re-tested to provide the highest quality available. For additional information, please check out the web site: http://cheryltmoss.com

Peace & blessings,
Cheryl Talley Moss
Best Selling Author/Publisher
Cheryl Talley Moss/Georgia’s Girl
Healthy Hair & Skin Care Products

Anonymous said...

Oops! I meant to say that Georgia Shea Butter Cream will relieve Dry-Skin-Ash.
Cheryl Talley Moss

Shelia said...

Thanks Cheryl...this has been very informative.

Shelia (Badge#16)

Vanessa A. Johnson said...

Hi Cheryl,
Thanks for answering my question. My daughter's hair is long and straight, I have never used any chemicals in her hair. Thanks for the tip about trimming and hot oil treatments. I selected your products as a prize and can't wait to put them to use.
This has been a most informative topic. When I blow dry my daughter's hair, I use a separate brush with plastic bristles. If I don't blow dry it, it will immediately draw up and frizz...
Thanks again for this interesting topic.

Love & Peace,
VeeJay, Badge #121

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