Keloids are are abnormal scars that extend beyond the original area of injury. In people with a genetic predisposition, these overgrown scars can form after surgery, piercing, tattooing, bug bites, and even acne. They are an overproduction of collagen, causing excessive healing.

The fibroblast cells (collagen making cells) of African descendants are bi-nucleated, meaning they produce more collagen. This makes them more susceptible to hypertrophic or Keloid scars. When attempting to cover them, place a color corrector shade, concealer and foundation on a clean palette.

Start by stippling the color corrector over the scar with a bi-fiber or a synthetic concealer brush. Here I’m using a bright orange to cancel out the deep blue tones in our model’s scar. If the scar were red I would have opted for a green color corrector.

Apply a layer of foundation. Since this color corrector is a creamy formula, rather than dry and opaque, I’ll have to create several layers to achieve the desired coverage. Powdering between layers will help set everything but it will also make the area look pasty, so I prefer to use this technique…applying the concealer and color corrector with my ring finger at the end.

Once you have achieved the desired coverage, apply foundation and concealer to the rest of the face. Then powder to set everything.

*Keloids are most common in people of African and Chinese ancestry

**People from Malaysia, India, Latin America, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East are often affected

***Keloids that are simply excised usually return.

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Collagens are the coiled chains of amino acid that make up the dermis.

There are currently 27 known types of collagen in the body. However estheticians only need to concern themselves with Collagens I, III, IV and VII – that make up the papillary and reticular dermis the Extracellular Matrix (ECM). Collagens responsible for keeping skin flexible and firm. One educator I studied under suggested we should think of them as coiled springs on a mattress.

Types of Collagens:

Collagen I – found in the Papillary Dermis

Collagen III – found in the Papillary Dermis

Collagen IV – in the Epidermal-Dermal Junction

Collagen VII – in the Epidermal-Dermal Junction

Elastin – fibers found in abundance in the Reticular Dermis; gives skin its tensile strength and definition.

There are several factors involved in collagen synthesis. Take a look at this video for a quick lesson. NOTE: This video is intended for professional skin therapists so it might be boring to you laymen and women.



John Blaine for Vine Vie of the many benefits of being in the beauty industry for so long is that I get to maintain contact with all of the artists I have met over the years. So, when I heard that my former agency mate, celebrity hairstylist, John Blaine had created his own hair care line, I knew I had to be a part of it. So I devised a proposal to offer the support of Ask Aliesh in launching John’s brand Vine Vie.

Vine Vie is a niche brand fueled by the anti-oxidizing power of wine extract. The primary benefit of this ingredient is that it contains Resveratrol, a  polyphenol phytoalexin (i.e. an antioxidant). As John so adeptly explains, free-radicals from environmental toxins can cause oxidation of the hair strands. This can be likened to rust covering your head. Resveratrol removes this rust by lending an electron to stabilize free-radical atoms. The end result is intensified color, greater volume and improved texture. So take a moment to watch this 3-video series Neil and I created for Vine Vie. Enjoy!

In this video John introduces us to the 5 core products in Vin Vie.

Watch as John demonstrates how Vin Vie boosts Lorna’s hair color.

Curly hair? John teaches us how to use a diffuser with Vin Vie to get shiny, defined curls.


Teadora Too



Teadora is so nice I had to review it twice.

In my first review of Teadora I shared the ingredients in one of my new favorite products, their Brazilian Glow Radiance & Renewal Oil. However Val, the brand’s founder actually sent me 4 full size products. They all feel so yummy and perform with amazing efficacy not often found in natural brands. So, rather than creating a 20 minute video signaling out each product, I chose to review the Hero ingredients that run through the line.

(Note: Hero ingredients make up a brand’s story and are reflected in each formula.)

So here we go…

Açaí Seeds – gentle exfoliation, high ORAC Value

Maracuja Oil – vitamin C to support collagen production

Cupuacu – rich butter with B1, B2, B3, vitamins A & C, calcium, selenium

Murur Butter – pro vitamin A to regulate cellular turnover

Agan Stem Cells – protect surface cells and stimulate cell renewal at a deeper level

All of these oils and butters protect the skin’s NMF (natural moisturizing factor). This is the barrier that seals in hydration so that skin cells can communicate effectively.

I also love Teadora because the entire line is 100% vegan and is free of parabens, silicone, gluten, phthalates, sulfates and sulfites. So if you’re ingredient conscious these products are definitely worth trying…just know they’re addictive.

In this video I highlight the following products:

  • Nourishing Body Butter – with their signature Rainforest restoration elixir and a combination of 5 oils and 2 butters

Sierra’s Smokey Eye


My husband, Neil, and I have been shooting videos for Jafra Cosmetics Italia for the past 5 years. However we took on a different type of challenge when we decide to create them for ourselves…with our own budget…and our own equipment…in our home studio. Sigh!

Well now that I have launched The Ask Aliesh Community I am finally learning  just what my members want to see. So, I have decided to give all of my earlier videos away for free. That’s right, in honor of my 50th birthday I have decided to open up the vault. Starting with a handful of posts, I am gifting you guys some of my first attempts at creating tutorials in English.

This video was shot with one of my favorite New Faces, Sierra Monet. She reminds me of a young, black Sophie Dhal. We have several videos with Sierra so you will see a lot of her in the How To section of my Members Only Community.

I hope you enjoy these free tutorials. Remember to check back often as I will post new videos whenever I get a moment.

Thank You!!!


This post is way overdue. I recorded it in a studio with poor sound but I just had to get this out. I am so grateful to all the brands that are supporting Ask Aliesh. These products are used in each lesson I post in the Ask Aliesh Community.

I’d like t thank the following brands:

Babor CosmeticsBeauty BlenderBlack UpDMK Skin RevisionDaily ConceptsFarmhouse FreshFree Your ManeHue NoirLe MieuxMac CosmeticsTeadoraT’ZIKAL

Ingredient Review: Teadora


Teadora is one of my favorite new brands. I met Val, the brand’s founder and CEO, a few months ago. When she told me about how their formulas packed with Amazonian superfruits, I had to give them a try. Each product is a sensory experience. They are perfect for creating an at-home spa.

In this first video I introduce you to Teadora’s BRAZILIAN GLOW RADIANCE AND RENEWAL OIL. It has quickly become my favorite body oil. I shared it with my clients in the spa and on set – and both groups are hooked.