Tips for a Hairdo done Right — Completing the Look

If you’re the type that has thought about how to make your hair more coordinated with your overall appearance, you’re not alone!

Regardless of the weather, there are various techniques to make your hair more manageable and shinier. Searching all over the city, we consulted with professionals from everywhere around the city– including, a fancy a fancy studio to get a haircut in St Louis to inquiring about hair care with a St Louis hair extensions expert. Here are some tips to help with your hairdo so you can dress in style!

Soft Hair Brush — Often

Use a wide, soft hair brush to style your hair. A plastic hair brush with baby oil or guard should be gently brushed to sections you wish to Style. Starting at the bottom of your head slowly sweep the brush to section your hair to create a curl. Change the direction of your hair brush with the curl pattern, from the bottom working your way up to the top. curl your hair in small areas at the crown of your head to highlight your face. To make your hair style wide, stack them with hair ties or beads.

Good Cuts Matter

Get a good and clean cut. After the first several washes, your hair will most definitely look healthier and shinier. This will make the strands last longer and look sleeker. There are so many things that you can do to give your hair a bounce. With the bounce, your tresses will be straighter and your cut will be softer.

Try Short Hairstyles

Short hairstyles are short in length and are used to be worn by professional men and women with certain facial structures. The styles used to be common were conservative. Contemporary short hairstyles are modern, bold, and expressive. No matter the texture of the hair, you can style it to suit the look you are aiming for.

Do it Yourself

To start with, you will need a wide toothed comb, hair wax, styling gel, flat iron, and a hair brush, among other items. You will need a mirror, a comfortable position, and the comfort of a position that allows you to work. The very first thing you should do is to blow the hair. With a certain volume you should comb through the hair like you would with your hair blown dry.

Next, you can use the flat iron to create a party style flip on the sides and ends of your hair. You can flip it differently by using both hands. Another option would be to use a hair brush to style your hair. Just remember to keep your comb close by using it to comb your hair as well as brush your hair when you have finished.

Try Long Hairstyles

If you have long hair, you can start to style it in a similar way as well. First, start blow drying the hair using a moderate to high heat. Move the comb forward slowly while blow drying. After the job is complete, using a wide toothed comb, comb the hair as before. After a short break, move the comb to the right as shown in the drawing and blow dry the rest of the hair as before. After the first comb and blow drying, use the comb to finish off the rest of your hair.

Takeaway Tip

It is always advisable to be very careful while choosing the style for yourself. It might alter your look completely and sometimes it is just not worth the pain.

Top 3 Things to Innovate The Future of Sneakers

As far as sneakers have existed, there has always been endless innovation. From the PF Flyer’s Magic Wedge to the adidas 3d shoes, these models prove that shoe designers are pushing the limits of footwear. Shoes are now, more than ever, being recreated to meet specific needs of the consumer and Sneakerheads alike. From crazy new colorways to exciting tech innovations, here are our top 3 things to look for in the future of sneaker culture.

Tech for the Hype

Check out some of the new enhancements for understanding how technology will lead the way for increased hype in the shoe marketplace.


As stated above, adidas has changes the game with their advancement in sneaker tech. The Boost technology by adidas in 2013 pushed the innovation of midsole technologies like never before. With its custom bead-like texture, the design has been rated one of the most comfortable shoes ever! Though, designed for running, the Boost technology has quickly become popular in the working class for it’s comfort and sneakerheads for its style.

4D Futurecraft

In the future, there are plans to push the traditional boundaries on technologies like the Boost. Adidas recently made plans to create more shoes with their 4D printed Futurecraft technology. Created with a 3d printer, this feature was designed to maximize runner’s energy during runs and look pretty sweet!

Crazy New Colorways

Since the beginning, shoes have been customized to show personality of its owner. With NBA stars like Kyrie Irving balling on the court with his brightly colored signature shoes to the wild color ways of the Reebok Classic Leather Altered, sneaker designers want to present the market with something new and original.

The bland styles of the classic brown, black-and-white shoes no longer interest most Sneakerheads. The community wants to show-out with shoes never-before seen. Bulky Shoes are back.

Though we all thought the days of “Dad Shoes” are over, they are soon becoming a collectable feature in modern shoe designs. With the forerunning style of the Yeezy, Boost 700s, the trend was quickly revitalized. As we continue to see this style fading back in, brands like Reebok and Puma are embracing it with models such as the PUMA RS-X. Even a novice Sneakerhead can notice this trend when browsing in a local shoe store. You may have to apologize to you father because the Dad trend is back!

The resale market will be bigger than ever.

With the innovation of sites like StockX and, the resale market has skyrocketed into a legitimate business model. No longer are the days of solely selling at meetups and on ebay, these websites help facilitate the exchange of coveted, high price sneakers online by accepting payment, giving support to buyers/sellers and even making sure that the shoes are authentic before being shipped to the end customer.

Even sneaker giants like have been investing the 3rd party sneaker market. Recently, Footlocker invested a whopping $100 Million Dollars into to build the resale technology. This proves that the future of sneaker culture is no longer in you local, run down mall but rather in stand-alone stores and online digital shopping experiences.

With all of these predictions and new tech emerging, it cannot be debated that the sneaker world is here to stay and is pushing the limits of footwear, as we know it.

When Sneakers and Shapewear Collide

It probably comes as no surprise that the year 2020 is considered by many to be the year of Sneakers ‘n Shapewear. With the postings of the pair shown by celebs such as the Kardashians, now it seems like everyone is onto the trend. In this article, we want to shed some light for why the two seem to be so irresistible.

The Shapewear

Since the popularity of corsets and girdles, “fajas” as they’re known in latin culture have become more popular. Now, the firm fajas seem to be going mainstream. Everything from firm-fitting clothing (for waist slimming purposes) to a body suit which covers the entire body, shapewear seems to be the trend that everyone on the streets is discussing.

We’ve seen a similar trend in recent years with the rise in popularity of the athleisure trend, and now we’re seeing it more focused in to the body shaper garments paired with the right sneakers.

The Sneakers

For years, our blog has featured the sneaker industry, so it probably comes as no surprise that we’d find some way to include sneaker trends into the mix. When it comes to shapewear and sneaker culture, the trend makes sense.

The sneakers can vary from outfit to outfit with this trend. Some people prefer the color block look when pairing the shoes with shapewear and some prefer the beige-color to portray a more “nude”, neutral tone look. Sneakers have always been a way to make a statement with style, and in some ways, shapewear has followed the same trend.

What to Look For

When it comes to shapewear, you’ll want to find quality, first. Shapewear items from Colombia have always remained a “latin secret” until recently. Shapewear — or “fajas” — from Colombia are known for their reputation in the marketplace as being quality-made garments.

For sneakers, quality remains true, too. Sneaker-wise, you could pair this look with Air Force One’s or any kind of Jordan shoes.

Top 10 Highest Paid Basketball Shoes Salesmen In The NBA

Advertising is everywhere and for companies that produce basketball footwear, the biggest billboard ever is the NBA. And no endorser can do the job of selling basketball shoes better than a star player who balls in the most watched basketball league in the world. The shoe trade is no easy business, as indicated by the failed attempt of Dada Footwear to make it big in the NBA by the signing volatile Latrell Sprewell and even the dependable Chris Webber. Baron Davis also had his fair share of basketball shoe engagements that went kaput with Li-Ning. So did Patrick Ewing and his Ewing Athletics.

Basketball players view a shoe deal as a sign of their star power and influence. The more expensive the offer is, the more it indicates a player’s popularity. The more it also reveals the faith of footwear companies in them to at least get their brands noticed. And in the NBA, nothing beats a very generous footwear contract than a signature line. Shoes that bear a baller’s name is every baller’s dream, aside from winning the championship and nabbing the MVP honors.

Just take a look at Michael Jordan and the Air Jordan signature line. Or Kobe. Or LeBron.

But there are certain deals in the shoe business that leave a lot of people wondering and scratching their heads. For instance, Vince Carter once had a lucrative contract with Puma but decided to drop the brand and wore a pair of And1′s before signing with Nike.

But who has the most biggest shoe contract in the NBA today? Well, let’s start from the bottom.

Dwyane Wade x Li-Ning: $1 million a year

In a bizarre move, Dwyane Wade left the Jordan Brand and signed a deal with China-based Li-Ning. Obviously Wade left a more lucrative contract, as the Jordan Brand rakes in an average of $24 billion in sales as compared to Li-Ning’s $1.4 billion. But the Miami Heat guard said he enjoys the freedom Li-Ning has afforded him, especially when it comes to product design and development, something he never had with the Jordan Brand

Russell Westbrook x Jordan Brand: $1.5 million a year

He does not have his own signature shoe, but if Russell Westbrook was chosen by the Jordan Brand, then there is no reason why he won’t have one. It is as if Michael Jordan himself has given Westbrook his vote of confidence to represent his product to the world. In time, and if the conditions are right, Westbrook will certainly get more than $1.5 million per annum.

Amare Stoudemire x Nike: $3 million a year

New York Knicks signed Amare Stoudemire to a $20-million contract, but it looks like the team is not getting the acceptable bang for their buck. Stoudemire has been sidelined for most of his time with the Knicks due to injuries and has not been an impact player he was once touted to be. But sales of his Air Max Hyperposite in the black-orange colorway has been up, making him an asset for The Swoosh.

Chris Paul x Jordan Brand: $4 million a year

CP3′s first shoe contract only amounted to $600,000 a year but that has significantly changed. It has been rumored that a future deal amounting to around $20 million a year is already in the works. With the positive sales of the CP3 series, then it is only a matter of time before rumor becomes a reality for the young LA Clippers guard.

Carmelo Anthony x Jordan Brand: $4 million a year

Almost 10 years ago, Carmelo Anthony inked a 3-million a year deal with Jordan. And almost 10 years after, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks never parted with the Michael Jordan-owned venture, even if his signature line is not as popular as Kobe Bryant’s and LeBron James’. Still, selling shoes for an average of $40 million a year is no easy feat, especially for someone who is ringless as Melo.

John Wall x Adidas: $5 million a year

Prior to playing professionally, John Wall signed a 5-year $25-million agreement with Reebok. Today, he is currently getting the same amount from Adidas, which also happens to be parent company of Reebok. There is no doubt that Wall’s popularity and influence will skyrocket in the future, and with that, a lucrative footwear deal is just another part of the equation.

Kevin Durant x Nike: $10 million

Despite his dominating figure in the NBA, being one of the highest scoring players in the league today and all, Kevin Durant’s signature line has proven to be difficult to sell as opposed to what others were hoping for. His $10-million yearly endorsement fees is significantly bigger than the sales of his shoes, an abysmal $7 million. Still, Nike pins their hope on Durant and plans to send him on marketing trips abroad.

Derrick Rose x Adidas: $14 million a year

Adidas certainly has high hopes for Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, whom they signed to a virtually lifetime contract of $14 million. It is a huge risk, especially with Rose out for the second consecutive season due to injuries. With Rose out from the game, Adidas is taking a huge leap of faith for this stellar point guard slash NBA MVP, whose health issues has been plaguing his very young career.

Kobe Bryant x Nike: $15 million a year

From Adidas to Nike, Kobe Bryant is one of the few players who has found huge success after leaving a footwear giant for another footwear giant. In the United States alone, sales figures for the Kobe 8 has breached the $50-million mark. That still does not include the numbers coming in from other countries, particularly in China, where Nike has been very aggressive with their expansion efforts.

LeBron James x Nike: $20 million a year

Prior to entering the NBA, Nike already wooed LeBron James to a $90-million deal in seven years. Things have changed a lot since then. With two NBA championships under his belt, along with a string of other individual achievements, saying that James’ market value has grown would be an understatement. James’ shoes sell for a whopping $300 million for each year. How’s that for market value?

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Kick Check: Reebok Sublite Slash RS 2.0

The Reebok SubLite Slash RS 2.0 has been around the market for a while now but nobody has really made a big deal out of it. For one, it is from Reebok. The brand name is still recognizable in the athletic footwear industry but the basketball niche is totally dominated by Nike, with Adidas in very distant second. Two, it is not that popular of a shoe. Here’s an experiment: try searching for “Reebok SubLite Slash RS 2.0″ in Google and the only results you will get are probably related to other SubLite models.

That being said, I find the shoes to be a great option for people who like to play basketball for recreational and semi-professional purposes, especially if you are looking for a pair that could perform well without compromising your budget. The Reebok Sublite Slash costs PhP 2,700 here in the Philippines (I specifically bought this pair from Olympic Village in Centrio Mall, CDO). And if you are conscious about the branding, the Reebok name is something you can place side by side with Nike, Adidas, and other leading footwear brands today.

On that note, let’s check the kicks.

Traction. I tested the Reebok Sublite Slash in an outdoor setting and I say the traction was excellent. I did some jab steps, curls, lateral movements, pops and stops, pushes, and what have yous to get a feel of how the shoes’ traction perform and I am very satisfied with the results.

Unlike most traditional basketball shoes which employ herringbone patterns at the bottom, the Reebok Sublite Slash parades a wavy design. The bottom of the shoe features two sections where a hard layer of rubber is placed – at the heel and the forefoot. This method limits the use of traditional rubber to where there contact, pressure, and friction is mostly found.

Cushioning. The Reebok Sublite Slash uses the Sublite Foam for cushioning in the midsole. The foam does provides adequate cushioning and impact absorption. While there is no bouncy feeling within the cushioning material of the shoe, it adds to the its overall responsiveness, enabling the wearer to make quick movements as compared to shoes that have some springy feel in their cushion.

Materials. The upper is made predominantly of patent leather with mesh and padding integrated in the middle. If there is something I learned about shoes, patent leather is almost always equal to durability and longevity. Both of which I am positive the Reebok Sublite Slash can deliver.

Ventilation. Aside from the mesh materials found on the sides and on the tongue of the shoe, there are also perforations found in the toe box area. All these help in allowing the heat to escape from within the shoe. But as far as air flow is concerned, I did not feel air coming in as compared to other performance shoes, especially those made with fuse materials. That said, I did not feel any heat on each shoe, which is the main thing.

Fit. The fit is great. The shoe is true to size, which is what I prefer. The lockdown is great and the padding materials around the ankle area provide comfort and stability.

In conclusion, I find the Reebok SubLite Slash 2.0 a very comfortable and well-performing shoe. The only problem I had with it was the long break-in period. The first time I got to wear the shoe, I didn’t even feel like walking because the shoe, particularly the bottom part, was stiff. But that is normal and after a couple of times of wearing them, the shoes finally loosened up and I am now having a good time hooping in them.

DeMarcus Cousins Suffers Sprained Ankle While Wearing HyperRevs

This writer has not yet provided his initial thoughts on the new Nike Zoom HyperRev. Although this writer thinks that the HyperRev is truly a good shoe in terms of weight, comfort, fit, and breathability, it should be pointed out that the author thinks that the HyperRev’s design offers little ankle support.

The whole upper of the shoe is made mostly of mesh. Although there are sections of the shoes that are integrated with pieces to promote stability and support, the HyperRevs’ lockdown system seems to be inadequate in giving the wearer optimum ankle support. This leaves the player to be almost totally dependent on his own body strength to keep his feet locked to the foot bed of the shoe.

To put it simply, the Nike HyperRev is a pair of glorified socks, which can be a good thing or bad thing depending on your interpretation. Check out the images of the Nike Zoom HyperRev below.

This writer thinks it was bad, though, for DeMarcus Cousins. In Sacramento Kings’ recent game against the Houston Rockets, Cousins grabbed a defensive rebound off a Jeremy Lin’s missed layup and coasted end to end. After zigzagging his way through Rockets’ transition defense, Cousins rolled his left ankle and put a great deal of weight on it.

Nightwing2303 of says that the accident was caused by the contact of Cousin’s left foot with Lin’s as the latter tried to put some defense. That said, Nightwing2303 mentioned that the HyperRevs are clearly not for those with ankle problems and should probably get Ektio instead.