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FINDING THE RIGHT EXTENSION METHOD FOR YOU WILL DEPEND ON BUDGET, PREFERENCE, AND HAIR TYPE. YOU HAVE CHOICES FROM FUSION, TAPE-IN, OR WEAVE EXTENSIONS. FUSION EXTENSIONS TEND TO BE THE MOST EXPENSIVE AND HAVE THE MOST TIME-CONSUMING APPLICATION PROCESS; THEY ALSO LAST THE LONGEST (THREE TO FOUR MONTHS). BUT, YOU CANNOT USE THEM AGAIN.
The tape-in application is a faster process and more affordable, but requires more frequent maintenance (every six to eight weeks). The same tape-in extensions can be removed and reapplied. The same goes for weave-in extensions, which last about three months, can be applied in an hour or two, and are the most affordable option of the bunch.
It’s important to match the color and texture of the hair extensions with that of your natural hair. Also, look for someone with a colorist background: It is going to be very important to get the color to match. Otherwise, the extensions will be obvious. Good extensions should be entirely undetectable—blending your natural hair with the extension is critical. Be sure to go to your experienced stylist.
Damage can occur when the application is not done right. In addition, the weight of the extensions can put additional stress on the roots. Make sure to match the hair density to avoid any unnecessary tension on your hair.
Caring for your extension hair should be just like your natural hair. Be gentle with your hair. Avoid tugging or yanking at the extensions while brushing. Instead, hold hair at the root, and begin detangling starting at the ends. You can use all of your favorite hair products, but keep oils away from the roots in order to prevent the bond, tape, or weave from slipping.
ARANCINI (RICE BALLS) WITH MARINARA SAUCE
Yield: 8 ARANCINI
Prep time: 15 MIN
Cook time: 5 MIN
- 2 cups cooked white rice, cooled
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
- 3 eggs
- 8 small cubes fresh mozzarella
- 1 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs
- Oil, for frying
- 1 cup store-bought or homemade marinara sauce
Place a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat and add four inches vegetable oil.
In a medium bowl, combine the rice, Parmesan and one egg and use your hands to thoroughly combine the mixture.
Form each arancini rice ball by taking a small portion of the mixture, squeezing it firmly, and stuffing one cube of mozzarella inside each ball. Repeat this process to form eight rice balls.
Whisk together the remaining two eggs. Dip each rice ball in the eggs, then in the breadcrumbs, shaking off any excess. Do it twice for crispier rice balls.
Once the oil reaches 375ºF, add two or three of the breaded rice balls to the pot and fry them until golden brown and cooked throughout.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried arancini from the pot and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate. Salt immediately. Repeat the frying process with the remaining arancini.
Serve the arancini warm with a side of heated marinara sauce.
Let’s Try to Not Get Sick This Year
We can’t promise you will be healthy all the time. But we can sure try to strengthen the immune system and keep from getting colds this winter.
Let’s start by how we eat. The body needs protein to make white blood cells. White blood cells are the backbone to immune systems. Look at lean meats and fish. Also important is getting plenty of fruits and vegetables
We can also help ourselves with the right supplements. Look at Vitamin D and Probiotics.
Vitamin D is hard to get by just eating foods. You most likely will need to take a supplement.
By taking a probiotics you can reduce your risk of an upper respiratory infection.
Keep active. By being active five days a week, studies have shown this to have cut the length of a cold.
Stress hurts your body but laughing can boost your natural fighting cells.
Picking the Perfect Password
Trying to keep track of your passwords can be very frustrating as we have so many online passwords to keep track of. Picking one simple password for all accounts is not the correct answer. One data breach could put all those accounts at risk. Here are a few steps to create passwords that help you remember and hackers shouldn’t discover. Pick a safe password. It is tempting to pick something that is easy for you to remember. Don’t! Hackers can use programs that try dictionary words and numbers with lightning speed, so that common name or number combination may make you more vulnerable.
Take a favorite word and spell it in upper and lower case letters, also using numbers and symbols. Example: for the word Mary: M@ry
Then add numbers. Use the year or your house number: M@ry2016. Then for each online account add the name of an extension like fb for Facebook.
So your password for Facebook is M@ry2015fb. For each account you add a code reminder of the related site. By changing the last part of your password, you don’t have to worry as much if your password is compromised on another account.