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Q & A With CEO & Founder of the CURLS Empire – Mahisha Dellinger + Hair Tips You Can Use Now!



Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS CEO, CURLS Founder

Mahisha Dellinger, CURLS CEO, CURLS Founder

What are some of your favorite hair care tips for active women?

I recently came out with my memoir earlier this year called, “Against All Odds: From the Projects to the Penthouse” and towards the end of the book, I have a few chapters on how to achieve and maintain healthy hair.

Hair Care tips from CURLS Founder and CEO Mahisha Dellinger

Tame the curls:

Curly hair is the most temperamental textured tress on this planet. Frizz from touching the hair too often, limp noodle curls from over conditioning, dry, straw-like curls from under conditioning or over shampooing, and seasonal changes that make us wonder, “What on God’s green earth has happened to my beautiful curls?” are all common curly girl experiences.

You can help your hair with these rehab tips:

Tip 1: Strip, but don’t tease! Start with a clean palate every three months, especially you product junkies that just can’t seem to say “no” to any product that is curl related. Try a “CURLS Detox” cleansing as a part of your rehab. Choose a clarifying shampoo that is ph balanced and contains mild surfactants to avoid over drying the hair.

Tip 2: Product Relativity – While some curlies like to “cocktail” two or more products together to create the perfect coil, I advise against mixing styling products from different product lines. Oftentimes, active ingredients will collide and cause the white ball effect or harden up on the hair. Try one product line at a time.

Tip 3: Defrizz & Debunk! Debunk the myth that the more products applied on the hair the better the curls. The truth is, the number one cause of frizz is product overload. Simplify your styling regime.

Tip 4: Use sulfate free cleansers to ease dry, brittle hair and ends. Sulfates are harsh detergents that cause the suds factor in your cleanser and results in dry hair.

Tip 5: Stop heat styling altogether. The excess heat further exacerbates the problem.

Tip 6: Deep treat your hair with a super hydrating, natural based deep conditioner. Add heat so that the conditioner actually penetrates the hair shaft. The portable microhaircap is ideal for conditioning on the go! This cordless design enables user to walk around during treatment.

Tip 7: Moisturize daily…remember, this is key to healthy hair!

Tip 8: Add a natural oil of your choice (e.g. pomegranate seed, olive, jojoba, or sunflower oil) to your styling products for extra moisture. You can purchase natural oils at your local health food store.

Tip 9: Be patient with slow growing hair. Realize that all hair grows, on average, ½ “ per month. African American hair grows at the same rate.

Tip 10: Take a multi vitamin full of rich minerals and drink eight glasses of water a day.

For information on CURLS CEO and Founder Mahisha Dellinger, updates on products or how to get a copy of Mahisha’s bestselling memoir, Against All Odds: From The Projects To The Penthousefollow CURLS on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or visit

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Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Living Fit The Civil Way – How A Healthy Lifestyle Powers Karen Civil’s Success



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Karen Civil, Live Civil, Black Fitness Today

It’s another beautiful November day in Los Angeles, and it’s shoot day. Karen Civil is en route, and the team is preparing for her arrival. You can feel how the atmosphere changes when she walks into the studio. She brings an aura of confidence, yet calmness. Even while she’s ironing out details of her schedule for the rest of the week, she’s in lock step during shoot prep. Karen is like a chameleon who can rock many different looks and shine bright while doing it.

Everyone has their own method of preparation for photo shoots. We can imagine that in being a cover girl for a fitness mag, she wanted to be ready. But, her lifestyle, work ethic, and commitment to maintaining good health and a solid physique proved to be a perfect return on investment on shoot day.

The Elizabeth, New Jersey native now residing in Los Angeles is one of the best digital strategists in the game.  Even if you still don’t know who she is by now, you probably know her work and have seen her footprint. Check some of her most notable receipts:

Remember when Weezy went to prison? Karen was responsible for the creation of his fan site, that kept his fans connected and brand intact during his incarceration. This was crucial because it was before social media gave us all direct access to our favorite celebs and entertainers.

You know all those Beats by Dre ads with notable athletes and entertainers wearing the headphones while getting a glimpse into their journeys? She spearheaded that campaign.

The booming success of mainstream artists like YG, Nipsey Hussle and Dave East and more, link back to her, as she has elevated these artists into formidable brands.

One of Karen’s platforms,, which kicked off in 2008, has been unique in the hip-hop industry because it is credited with introducing now global superstars to the world before anyone else including Drake, J. Cole, and Nicki Minaj.

Karen and her team launched the LiveCivil playground in Haiti, the place of her roots, to create a safe place for children to be able to play and express themselves.

Karen Civil is not only holding her own in a male-dominated industry, but is setting the path that women — and men — want to follow.

What enables Karen Civil to be the powerhouse that she is goes beyond her knowledge, experience, and connections. It is often said that our health is our greatest wealth. How can we live out our fullest potential if we aren’t healthy enough to do it? This is an idea that Karen takes very seriously; it gives her balance and a solid foundation.

Self-care has enabled her to successfully fight her battle with anemia, and maintain not only a solid body, but a solid mental state – something so crucial in the industry she dominates each and every day.

Flip to the next page to read our interview with Karen to find out what fitness means to her, why she felt it was best to let go of her vegan lifestyle, what keeps her grounded, and advice she has on brand-building.

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@iamnayfit – 5 Tips to Make Your #BodyGoals A Reality and Getting Results In 28-Day Challenge




What is the #Ri28 challenge?

The 28 day challenge was made when we put together all of the elements needed to lower your body fat percentage quickly and efficiently.  The combination of reducing carb intake and increase activity on a daily basis is key to fat loss.

What can people expect over 28 days?

Clients can look forward to a no stress program. No gym membership is needed , no gym equipment is required. All you need is $39 and a device to watch the workout on.

Who is the #Ri28 challenge for?

This challenge is for anyone who wants to tighten and tone. This a great way to spice up your normal cardio routine with high intensity interval training.

Why should people join the challenge?Anyone wanting for feel better and look their best should join the #Ri28 family. 2017 is coming to an end and it’s time for bring in the new year feeling and looking  like the best version of YOU!

What are your Five Tips to Make #BodyGoals A Reality?

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Elise Neal – Fit Over 50 Interview – Black Fitness Today Exclusive



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Watch our exclusive interview with multi-talented actress, dancer and gym lover Elise Neal! Get the full cover story and find out about Elise’s newest role in Wolverine 3 (Logan) and more about the Elise Neal Body Boot Camp on
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Twitter: @EliseNeal
Instagram: @therealneale
Snapchat: EliseWorldWide

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