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How comfortable are you in your heels? For most women, high heels are a great addition to their fashion statement. If you choose the wrong size and fit, however, they might be quite painful. Are your heels rubbing painfully against the feet? You’re probably wearing them wrong!

To enjoy walking in your heels for longer, you only need to make slight adjustments. Shall we get started?

#1 Purchase the Right Heels

A simple measurement of the width and length of your feet guides you towards picking the best-fitting pair of heels. At the shoe store, the assistant should help you get correct measurements. Always settle for a pair that is only slightly bigger than your feet; the lesser your feet move in the heels, the better the grip and overall comfort.

At the store, measure both of your feet; it’s common for people to have slightly different-sized feet. While some shoppers will opt to take home different sizes for both feet, it’s best to go with the slightly larger pair.

Note: Different brands and stores often have equally different sizing; a size chart should guide you.

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Try Many Shoes!

Just by looking, heels can be deceiving. To avoid the financial and physical pain which comes with picking the wrong pair, take your time at the store. In addition to trying on several varieties and brands, try fitting and walking in different sizes as well. Walk within the store for a couple of minutes, at the least.

When your pair is too small, the toes feel scrunched and the back rubs painfully against the shoe as you walk. When the heels you pick are too large, your feet will slip out more often and your feet slide forward as you walk. While this isn’t painful, it is downright uncomfortable.

#2 Go For a More Comfortable, Lower Style

If you are just starting out on heels, going for the lower styles gives you a strong foundation. Weight distribution has to be nearly perfect. Heels which are thicker, like the wedges, are chunkier at the base and utterly comfortable to walk in.

Are your toes and feet wide? Go for almond and round-shaped heels instead of the pointed-toe ones. If you require more ankle support as you walk, there are many ankle-strapped and heeled boots to choose from.

Ideal Heel Height

To measure your ideal heel height, extend one leg in front of you; the distance between the ‘imaginary’ line extending straight from the heel to your big toe is your ideal heel height. More importantly, always ensure that the heel is placed squarely under the heel bone; it shouldn’t be at the very back.

FYI: For those with thinner heels, go for heel which curves in at the top instead of the straight-line ones.

Invest in Quality

Materials and brands of high quality always offer more comfort to the wearer. Solid rubbers soles and genuine leather are the best material to go for; there are other sturdy textiles offering a great deal of comfort and style. Ensure the joints and seams are all impeccably constructed. To test the material strength, tug a bit at certain parts of the heel.

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#3 Addition of Inserts

For absolute comfort throughout the shoe, consider using quality and fitting insoles. Depending on your preference, you can purchase this before going for the shoes or at the same time. A great pair of insoles diffuses pressure from your heels, making the experience more enjoyable.

Pad Specific Areas

The back of your ankle and the ball of your foot are often the most painful spots associated with wearing heels. These problem areas could do with extra padding provided by fabric inserts or cushioned gel. Padding effectively prevents pressure, sliding, and painful rubbing.

When padding, go for any moleskin brand. This material is easy to work with as it can be trimmed to match your size and shape. Besides sticking directly to your feet, this material also stays intact in the tricky areas and over already existing blisters.

Maxi Pad

In addition to the tape, using maxi pads pampers the most sensitive foot areas. With this combination, you can comfortably wear high stilettos all day with minimal discomfort. To improve your level of comfort, slip the shoes off to relax your feet.

Note: When buying inserts, make sure they aren’t too bulky; this makes your shoe smaller, which might lead to even more pain.

Strap or Heel Grips for Keeping Your Heel in Place

There are many products designed to go along with high heels. For the most comfortable and safe wear, go for the products which can strap around or stick to your heel area. This way, aggressive rubbing is prevented even in larger shoes.

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#4 Walking in Your Heels

When you are practicing heel-toe walking, assume you are in your typical flat shoes. If you are starting out and using a thinner heel, it will take time and effort to do it right. If you have a full-size mirror, watch yourself take small steps. As a good practice, walking around the house gives you the confidence you need and the knowledge to avoid all painful scenarios.

Maintain an Excellent Posture

When walking in high heel, keep your head high, the shoulders back, and your abs engaged for the best comfort. When wearing heels, the posture naturally brings out a curvier body, with the pelvis and chest pushed forward and a slightly arched back. Your center of gravity shifts slightly forward, requiring you to be more alert.

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Use Support When On Uneven Surfaces and the Stairs

When walking on uneven surfaces, the chances of rolling an ankle or catching a heel are exponentially high. Whenever you can, be sure to use support and walk extra-carefully in your heels by holding onto the railing.

Note: When going out to the natural outdoors, select a pair of heels with a wider base. This eliminates the possibility of getting stuck in the grass and mud or worse still, falling and hurting yourself.

Relieve the Heel Pressure Once In A While

During the day, you will obviously have several breaks to relax and rewind. During such times, spare your feet the immense pressure which has built up by slipping the heels off. You can also improve the circulation by gently rubbing and elevating your feet.

FYI: To prevent injury and provide relief, gently spread the toes apart and rotate your ankles every few minutes.

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Wear Tights or Socks

There are countless designs of no-show socks designed specifically for ladies; by wearing this, you will no longer experience rubbing and other similar irritations. Stocking and tights also make heels extra-comfortable to walk in. Even when you sweat, these items help keep your feet dry, consequently preventing sliding and general discomfort.

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Wear Heels for a Limited Amount of Time

Ensure that you only wear high heels for the least-possible amount of time. As much as they are indispensable fashion items, wearing heels for too long interferes with circulation in your feet. Rather than wear heels for an entire day while at work, consider wearing flats instead; heels can be worn when going out later in the evening.

#5 Know Your Foot Type

Statistically, a third of women wear shoes which are suited for their feet type. While this might not sound like a big deal, choosing the wrong heel for your foot type can lead to serious discomfort and even ill health. Over a long duration of time, even the barely ill-fitting shoes can cause health issues such as;

  • Blisters, corns, and calluses
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hammertoes
  • Bunions
  • Back and knee pain

You could have a:

Supinated foot: The exterior of your foot is more prominent and the foot assumes a C-shape. Since more weight has been placed on the feet, the heels you choose must have heel cups and sturdy sides to provide the extra support you need. Your weight should be evenly balanced, making wedged heels your best option.

Neutral foot: Ladies with these feet have an equal representation of the heel, ball of the foot, and the big toe. Arches in your feet are neither too low nor too high. As the ‘best’ foot type for the heel, you can wear a variety of designs without feeling the pinch or losing your balance. The high heels, however, have to be comfortable.

Low arch flat foot: If you have this foot type, most of your foot is clearly visible. Finding the perfect fitting heel is relatively easy, with the equal distribution of weight and features throughout. When selecting heels, go for the edgier ones; you can find and maintain balance easily.

High arch Pes cavus: In the footprint, only a small part of your foot’s ball, your toes, and part of your heel will be visible. Unfortunately, if this is your foot type, you are advised against wearing heels altogether; if you have to, only do so for a short while. This foot shape immensely reduces stability, making high heels extra-risky.

Depending on your foot type, finding the perfect and most comfortable heels will either be a walk in the park or a tall order. If you are having trouble, consult widely with shoe experts to find the most comfortable and painless fit for you. Pain is commonly associated with your foot type.

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#6 Use Tape

As funny as it sounds, taping your 3rd and 4th toes presumable eases a great deal of pressure off your foot. If you wish to wear those towering stilettos all day long, using washi tape can give you a great deal of comfort when walking around. Duct tape would be too painful an option and a band aid won’t hold. This strategy is useful when wearing open-toe heels.

How It Works

The nerve separating the 3rd and 4th toes is the main cause of pain associated with wearing high heels. By taping these two together, considerable pressure is taken off the wearer’s feet balls. By alleviating the pressure, using a tape makes the pain less noticeable.

While your feet might still hurt at the day’s end, having these toes taped together feels slightly awkward but still gets the job done. Even for your most painful shoes, this trick will make them feel considerably less torturous.

Depending on the heels you are wearing, one can also tape the 2nd and 3rd toes for a more comfortable fit. When using a tape, remember to place a soft cloth or cotton between the toes; this prevents irritation and improves comfort a great deal!

#7 Put Feet on Ice

If you are just starting to wear heel, your feet will definitely feel constricted and quite unnatural. Even as you get used, soaking the feet in water rarely gets the job done. For quicker and longer lasting results, place your feet on ice; the extreme cold instantly numbs the pain as your feet revert back to their normal state.

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Swollen Feet

If your feet are swollen, they aren’t necessarily painful. Swelling is as a result of poor circulation throughout the foot. Once you arrive home, prepare a cold bath with plenty of ice in it. Dipping your feet for 15 minutes should dissipate most of the swelling and pain.

FYI: Chilly ease calms the nerves responsible for detecting pain. If you are using cold water, it will take you longer to enjoy the same effect.

After-care

Placing your feet in icy water for a while naturally shrinks the skin and might result in cracking; if this was to happen, heels would be a no-go for you due to the sheer pain. To prevent this from happening, don’t forget to apply your favorite soft cream before going to bed; this prevents blistering and cracking at later stages.

Avoid Surgical Solutions

Die-hard heel lover go to great lengths to achieve comfort; some have fillers injected into their feet to ease pain. We advocate for natural remedies as the less-drastic alternatives. Rather than go to such lengths, consider using gel-filled cushions to achieve the same level of comfort. This applies most to people with thin-soled heels.

Conclusion

High heels are the easy and classic way to complete an elegant look. Owning a pair, however, means that you will adapt to a new walking style; you will have to be extra vigilant too. High-end brands are superbly designed, maintaining their form and attractiveness over time.

Wearing heels inappropriately can be damaging to your long-term health and uncomfortable. By following the reviewed strategies on how to avoid the pain, you will continue enjoying wearing heels without compromising your health.

How often do you rock heels and how do they feel? Let us know in our comment section. If you still have issues with your heels after implementing the above strategies, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Cheers!

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Introduction

As the most powerful source of energy, the sun’s rays reach the earth at the speed of light. They then heat up the air and anything on the earth’s surface, despite the sun is millions of miles away. This makes the sun, as dangerous as it is useful, especially for people with fair or light skin.
In most countries, summer is a good time to have fun on the beach; taking a dive in the water to cool your body and relaxing with family and friends. However, the sun’s effects are strongest at this time as the UV rays hit the earth with the most intensity.
This intensity can be a bit damaging to the skin, causing terminal ailments like cancer and other degenerative skin conditions. The sun rays that fall from 10 AM to 4 PM are the strongest, exposing people to possible harm.
Avoiding exposure to the sun is easily achievable by wearing protective clothing, hats and holding umbrellas above their heads to block the UV rays. Though these precautionary measures work, they are not nearly as effective as using sunblock.

Effects of Strong UV Rays  

Credible scientific studies accessed the effects of naked sun rays on the human skin. The initial effects, before the Ozone layer was hampered, were not very dangerous. However, these effects are increasingly becoming dangerous.

UV rays, especially UVB, are the leading causes of sunburns; the red patches will develop on fair or light skin after exposure to UVB sun rays. Sunburns are very uncomfortable, itchy, and they burn intensely, possibly ruining an entire summer!

UVA is UV rays from the sun which cause much more damage to your skin than UVB rays. The damage caused on the skin by UVA rays can be devastating, and may even lead to death. Cancer is one of the most deadly diseases, with Skin Cancer being the most common type.

UVA rays are responsible for Skin Cancer with a very high percentage of people around the world diagnosed with this type of cancer. In addition, UVA rays also cause photo damage and early or premature aging.

No effects are pleasant, and staying indoors throughout summer is not a good enough method to prevent them. For this reason, certain beauty companies have come up with sunblock, a simple but very effective way of dealing with harmful rays. Sun blocks also go by the names;
• Sunscreen
• Sunburn cream
• Sun cream
• Suntan lotion

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Many types of Sun Block to choose

Depending on your mode of application, there are different varieties of sunblock to choose from. Each method is uniquely equipped to keep off the harmful rays, according to you the luxury of enjoying summer.

According to the method of protection from the sun, there are two types.
Physical sunblock: They are effective in preventing the rays of the sun from reaching the skin by reflecting it away.
Chemical sunblock: Unlike the physical sunblock, this type protects the skin by absorbing harmful rays.

The following are classifications of sunblock according to the method of application:

a) Lotion 

This is the oldest most common type of sun block available; the cream you can apply on your skin before exposing your skin to the sun rays.

b) Spray 

Spray sunblock easily passes as the most favorite due to easy application. However, a simple spray can be difficult to use because sunblock is most effective when there is a thick layer of your skin. Spray might lay a thinner layer than lotion, which is why people spray a lot of it on a single patch of the skin, for more protection.

c) Mineral 

Usually, the skin absorbs sun block for better protection, which can bring certain effects of irritation to people with sensitive skin. Mineral sunblock is a good alternative for this type of skin because the skin won’t absorb it.

d) Sunscreen sticks 

These are for easier, more specific application. They are usually applied on certain small patches of your skin such as your nose.

e) Water resistant

Water resistant sunblock prevents water or sweat from washing it off your skin; you to take a dive in water without worrying about it washing off!

f) Built in 

This sunblock contained in certain beauty products like moisturizers and lipsticks. They help make your work easier, preventing you from applying the sun block and beauty products separately as most people do.

The best way to tell whether a sun block will be useful to your body is by checking the SPF (Sun Protection Factor). The variable defines the percentage of UV rays that reach your skin after applying the sun block in the recommended amount.

Note: For instance, the most preferred sun block SPF, highly recommended, is sun block with a 30 to 50 SPF.

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The Benefits of Sun blocks

Sun blocks have provided most people with protection from the sun rays for a number of years, and the results have become evident. There are benefits that come with constant application of sun block, even when the sun is not a factor. Below are the ten reasons why you should always apply sun block on your skin.

1. Protection from UV Rays

As stated earlier, UV rays are very harmful to skin, especially light skin. The effects of exposure of light skin to UV rays are evident after a few minutes of exposure, usually up to three minutes. This is just a simple effect known as sunburn and it is very uncomfortable for anyone who gets affected. The patch of skin that is sunburned is unpleasant to look at and it takes more time to heal than it does to get one. Apart from this effect from simple rays, there are deadlier effects of exposure of skin to rays of the sun. These include skin cancer, one of the most dangerous disease in the world as of this moment. Prevention is easier than cure. For this reason, people apply sun block on their skin minutes before exposing it to the sun. The benefits are more than the small price you pay at the store.

2. Prevention of Premature Aging 

There is a reason why sun block is also for people with darker skin. The ingredients of sunblock have certain benefits that prevent premature aging. In recent studies by doctors, discoveries led to the conclusion that sun block, after continuous use, gives rise to healthy skin, skin without wrinkles. As a fashion product, sun block is an effective solution for sagging skin. Sun block will keep you young, and your skin will speak for its effects.

3. Cost 

Sun block is not as expensive at the beauty shops as you would imagine. In fact, the cost of preventing skin damage far outweighs the cost of dealing with skin cancer and other similar effects. This realization makes it simpler for a person to continuously purchase sunblock and apply it on their face. However, the ingredients of sunblock are very easy to acquire and prepare. This allows anyone to find the ingredients and prepare the sunblock at home, which reduces the price even more. It is, therefore, a very cost-effective solution for skin maintenance.

4. Wide range 

Skin care requires a lot of dedication and time. This has led companies to manufacture of wide ranges of sun block, allowing people to choose different sun blocks with different methods of application. For instance, you can purchase a lotion, a spray, or even a stick, among many other varieties at different prices.

5. The best solution 

There are different ways to prevent your skin from UV rays damage. Most people find it easier and cheaper to put on protective clothes that cover all of their skin instead of applying sun block. Even though this might be a simpler solution, it is not the most effective on. Sunblock prevents up to 98% of sun rays from coming in contact with your body, which means a very high amount of sun rays bounce off from your skin. You, therefore, get to act normally, put on a simple bikini, or short, and bask in the sun instead of being in some clothes that will make you uncomfortable while other people are having their fun under the sun.

6. Waterproof sun block

Most sunblock options, in the past, could wash off easily after a simple dive in the water, which meant reapplication after each swim. However, fortunately, companies managed to come up with a simple solution that allows you to apply your sunblock, take a swim, and bask in the sun after without having to reapply the sun block. Waterproof sun block options have become the best solution preventing people from using too much sun block, depleting their funds as a result. Sun block has, therefore, become a very convenient solution for skin protection.

7. Fashion

People always wonder whether it is advisable to apply sun block alongside other fashion products such as lipsticks and moisturizers. The truth is that Sun block is applicable together with other beauty products without damaging your skin due to some reaction that might happen. In fact, it is advisable to apply sun block after applying moisturizer. The only thing people should not do is apply moisturizer after the sun block because it affects the level of protection sun block provides. In recent years, companies have created a better solution that includes sun block in most beauty products. This makes it even easier to use, and there is no need for applying sun block after your beauty products since it is on the products already.

8. Hydration 

Skin gets dehydrated fast, especially your lips when there is wind and sunlight. Sunblock provides an excellent solution for dehydrated skin. Once you apply your sunblock, the sun does not get to your skin, and neither does wind. For that reason, just like regular lotions and other dehydration prevention products, your skin will remain hydrated, and you will not lose water through your skin as you would without the sunblock.

9. It is Healthy 

Sun block is healthy to apply on your skin. In certain studies, discoveries proved that apart from prevention of skin cancer and other effects related to the rays of the sun, the ingredients the skin absorbs from sun block are very healthy for any kind of skin. This is the prime reason why the application of sun block is advisable even to people with darker skin. Even though the effects are not immediately visible to users, continuous application over a long period will bring out the benefits.

10. Tanning

Tanning is a result of continuous production of melanin. The skin, in efforts to try to protect the skin, produces melanin, which makes the skin a bit darker. In the early stages of this melanin production, the effects look very fine and most people would want their skin to maintain that color, therefore continuing the exposure. However, these effects are only a simple reaction whose advantages are only in these early stages. Continuous exposure of light skin to these rays, leads to the overreaction of melanocytes in the skin and the skin develops uneven pigmentation and sunspots, which leads to loss of the skin’s initial beauty. Efforts to make your skin look beautiful then become your undoing.

Conclusion

The skin is very important as it is the largest organ in your body. Every type of skin, whether light or dark, deserves to be cared for. The necessary products should be applied to help maintain their healthy state. As the world goes deeper into the manufacture of products and technology continues advancing, waste in form of gases continue to deplete the ozone layer, and the sun rays get more intense, which leaves us more vulnerable to the sun. Everybody should protect their skin to prevent skin anomalies that may be carried over from generation to generation. A healthier skin is a healthier you.

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Rocking the same hairstyles is boring and looks monotonous. Wouldn’t it be amazing to have that edgy look you’ve always wanted but never had the guts try? Some cute hairstyles can be done right at home! It can be fun to try out rebellious hairdos; at the end of the day, women choose hairstyles as a way of expressing themselves, their passion, and love for color.
Is your current hairstyle enhancing your unique features enough? The ideal hairstyle you choose should complement the shape of your face and in extension, your neck. Styles also depend on other characteristics of the air such as fineness and curliness.
For a fresh and attractive look, here are hairstyles you should consider rocking;

#1 Layered Hairstyle

This hairstyle works for both short and long hair. If you have long hair, get it ready by cleaning it and leaving it a bit damp; it is easier to control length this way. A wide-toothed comb should remove all tangles from the hair. By bending forwards and tilting your head upside down, it’s easier to comb the hair forwards and later form a ponytail at the top of your head.

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FYI: Fastening your pony with an elastic keeps it in check. If the hair feels smooth against the head, it has no tangles and will mean easy and neat layering.
If you only want mild layering, hold down the ponytail and slide down the elastic to a few inches the pony’s edge. For subtle layering, this elastic should be only an inch from the edge. If you’re up for even more drastic layering, leave only a few inches of the ponytail.
With a sharp pair of scissors, cut off the ponytail’s end while holding it firmly; this ensures consistency. With this method, your face has fewer trimming features in front, with long layers at your back; your stylist can cut off individual locks for an even greater appeal.
Tip: Cutting should be done slowly and carefully to avoid cutting too much hair.
Short Hair
The most appealing stylish layering, the hair should be combed into several interlocking sections. Four sections should do; two on both sides and the remaining two on top, facing front and backward. When dealing with short hair, extra care should be taken to avoid cutting it too short.

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The hairline and back of your ears should be thoroughly checked for impeccable layering. This look is complete by combing and trimming the edges into style.

#2 Twist Bump Hairstyles

In this world, being fast and furious will get you to places you never imagined; the twisty bump hairstyle is one sure way to strut the modern woman look within minutes! For a change, let go off the cliché buns and ponytails. Here are 5 twisty bump styles ideal for matching with almost any outfit.

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Twisty Bump Chignon
To start off, brush the hair thoroughly to smoothen out all tangles; neat, straight hair is the easiest to work with. To make your twisty bump, grab a small hair section close to the hairline. Before bringing it to your heads crown and pushing it mildly forward, twist the hair 3 times. This should be secured to the crown using bobby pins.
This should be followed by forming a side ponytail and using a hair tie to fasten it. Forming a side chignon requires twisting this pony around while holding it firmly. To maintain the form, it should be secured with many bobby pins.
Tip: Spray over your twisty bump and chignon for added security.
Twisty Bump Braid
For a perfect braid, gather all the hair at your back and brush it thoroughly. Just as in the twisty bump chignon, twist the hair bump as appropriate and hold it down with bobby pins.
Doing classic French braiding is pretty straightforward. It involves dividing the hair into 3 sections. As the braid stats from the forehead, it grows thicker as it goes along due to the addition of more hair. At the end, the braid should be secured with an elastic band to maintain its form.
Twisty Bump Ponytail
After brushing the hair, part it as you normally would. Gentle brushing ensures a neater look. If you’re having a hard time grabbing a small chunk of hair, go for a larger chunk on your crown instead. Your favorite hairspray and a teasing comb are enough for propping it before holding it down. Out of your remaining hair, make a neat ponytail and secure with a hair tie at your neck’s nape.
Optionally, you can use another lock of hair to wrap the ponytail neatly. For a really cute look, ensure the hair is bumped at the front. For the best outcome, high ponytails are the best to work with. Hairspray the twisty bump and marvel at the refreshing, bouffant look!

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Twisty Bump Bun
For this look, the wearer should brush gently without parting her hair; this creates a stunning slicked-back look. You should only create a little bump by following the procedure discussed earlier. Working with a semi-high ponytail at the back gives you a propped appeal. After securing into place with a hair tie, roll your pony around; this should form a lovely bun.
Tip: prolong this unique style using quality hairspray.
Twisty Bump Half-Up-Half-Down
Once you’re done with parting and brushing your hair, select any section close to your hairline; create a neat bump to accentuate the crown. To add the half-up-half-down look, choose a small hair section from your left side and pin this to your midsection; repeat this process on your right side. Once secured with hairpins, use a hairspray to ensure your look lasts longer.

#3 Twisted Crown Hairstyle

Almost similar to the milkmaid braid style, this hairstyle uses twisted braids instead of the conventional regular and Dutch braids. Here are the various styles you could try out;

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The Relaxed Twisted Crown

After gently brushing the hair, part it down at the center. It is ideal for those with longer hair and capitalizes on twist-braiding only a section of hair; it forms a crown which looks like a headband. The rest of your hair should remain loose. Hold two hair sections close to this center and ideally above the eyebrows.

The hair must be gathered from either the right or left side of the part; this creates 2 similar twisted braids. This section can be made triangular by ensuring the pointed part faces away from the face. Is your hair frizzy? Cross these 2 sections while giving it a slight downward twist. Form a consistent X shape with the selected bottom section.

As you go along, keep adding hair from the bottom section for a thicker strand. If you use hair from the hairline, you end up with an up-do. Keep on adding hair from the top section and ensure consistency in thickness all through. Use a rubber band to secure this hairstyle at the end.

Once the ropes of either side have been secured, join them by making a hole between one and passing the other through. The 2 ropes should then be tagged away from one another, forming an X shape; secure this in place with clear elastics.

Tip: If you require more volume, loosen the twists a bit; while this is not mandatory, it adds a nice touch. To keep it all together, light misting hairspray will do.

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Twisted Crown Up-do
While some people find it easier to brush wet hair, others prefer theirs dry; in the latter case, texturizing mousse or spray should be used. Regardless of which part you start braiding, this hairstyle will look strikingly similar to the milkmaid style. As you twist one section towards your face, cross the other section towards the back of your head.
At the section which is closer to the face, gather more hair from the hairline and add onto it. The section closer to your face should have more hair. The front and back sections should be crossed and again; the front section becomes the back section and vice versa. The process of gathering hair from the hairline and adding it to the front part should be repeated until the back of the head.
FYI: You should only stop when you reach your neck’s nape.
This look should be completed by tying a rope braid. After all the hair has been compiled into a ponytail, divide it into 2 equal sections. To come up with 2 ropes, twist these sections towards the right and left and form one rope; it should be tied off using clear elastic to keep it firm. After wrapping this rope all around your head, use several bobby pins to hold these pins together.
Tip: For a more boho-chic touch, consider messing up the hair. Light hairspray misting helps.

#4 Braiding Cornrows

Before starting the braiding, have a clear picture of what you want in mind. The easiest way to go about this is starting with 4 to 6 strands running from the front to the back. Do you want these cornrows to curve or run straight? The size of the rows should also be considered.

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You can either use water containing detangler or plain water on this air to make it easier to work with; avoid making your hair too wet as it becomes quite irritating to work with. Your hair will naturally contract when dry and expand when wet; this explains why some braids are too tight and painful. Avoid pulling your hair away from your scalp.

Starting with the section of hair from the front row, divide the hair equally according to the number of cornrows you require. For easier working, fold the part of your hair you aren’t using yet in 2 or 3 pigtails. With a clearer path, your cornrows will be neater and more strongly constructed.

Tip: To avoid too hard at the hair, leave sufficient hair untouched near your hairline. Moisturizing your hair with cream at the front and proceeding as braid backward eliminates aggression.

How to Cornrow Hair

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To start off, divide the hair into your first section into 3 parts. You can make your normal braid with 2 strands before throwing in the 3rd. The strands should be passed over each other in an inter-weaving pattern and without skipping some. As you go along, you might need to add a bit of hair from the middle section to maintain the row’s thickness.
Tip: Towards the end, continue with the conventional 3-strand braid pattern.
You can use a bolo tie tip, barrette, end bar, hair clip, snap bead, or anything else which works; you should be able to remove this easily later. At all costs, avoid using uncovered elastics and rubber bands as these may break off your hair. From here on, you should repeat the process, ensuring the cornrows are of the uniform size of whichever design you please.
Maintaining the Cornrows

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For your hair to remain neat at night, wear a clean scarf before going to bed; with this maintenance, these cornrows should remain properly intact for at least a week. Your hair should be washed every few days for optimum hygiene; use a stocking cap to keep it intact and in good shape.
The hair should be spritzed with hair oil or leave in conditioner. Before this, the hair should be properly watched with a mixture of water and shampoo and later rinsed. By braiding cornrows, your scalp will be fully exposed to the sun. To avoid getting nasty sunburns on the scalp, consider rubbing sunscreen on it and wearing a sun hat as well.
Equipment You Will Need For Personal Hairstyle Change
To keep your hair moist when it becomes too dry, use a spray bottle. When performing any type of braiding, you might require aqua wax or hair grease. Clear elastics and coated rubber bands are useful in securing your knits in place. If you can’t purchase a rat-tailed comb at your local store, a tint brush will achieve the same results.
If your hair is very tight or curly, a moisturizer which doesn’t lose power too fast is invaluable; most hair creams, however, do not suffice. A natural oil-mixture, hair grease, or hair food will do. Hair wax which is based on distilled water.

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Wrap Up

It is entirely possible to give your hair a refreshed look right from your home! By following this guide, women can try out different hairstyles by themselves, increasing the choices they have to work with every day. Whether your hair is short or long, these hairstyles will give you the attractive, unique edge you crave.

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The Safer Approach to Using Contactless Payment Systems

Credit card fraud and stolen identities are not more than a mistake away these days. Everyone definitely gives a second thought to the idea of sharing their credit card numbers with strangers. They have become a very sacred and inseparable part of our lives. But it’s not so hard to get away with these types of crimes anymore. As farfetched as it may sound, it is possible for someone to steal your credit card information by simply standing close to you. This is especially possible if your RFID chips are embedded within your cards. As with several other methods of contactless payment designed for convenience, radio frequency identification credit cards let the users make payments simply by touching them to scanners. This is unlike inserting the card into a terminal or swiping it across which poses an even greater risk to users’ finances.

How to Guard against This Kind of Threat.

If a malicious hacker had to walk up to you and scanned your wallet, they could collect sensitive and important details allowing them to use your card even without your knowledge or consent. Fortunately, it is considerably easy to interrupt radio waves. There are RFID-blocking wallets that can protect your finances and prevent you from falling prey to their selfish plots. Proximity is the best channel they can get to you as RFID chips contain electromagnetic fields. This is what makes it easy to read without actually having to initiate communication. A wallet designed to be some sort of Faraday cage will block electromagnetic fields thus preventing communication between RFID scanners and your credit card. You may not necessarily need an RFID wallet. Much as the chances of being maliciously scanned are thin, it is safe to have a blocking wallet as you may never know when the imminent threat could attack.

The Criteria for Selecting an RFID Wallet

You can’t simply buy any old product that will perfectly suit your needs. This equally applies when it comes to purchasing an RFID wallet to hold your cards and/or your passports. Most people will go for something they actually like, somewhat jazzy but that aside, there are some very important factors you have to identify before picking just any other wallet.

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Durability of the Material

The most recommended material for wallets is leather not just because of its good quality and luxurious attribute but also due to its durability and the longevity it comes with. Of course, you will find other materials in the market and it is obviously your personal decision. One thing that may discourage most buyers from purchasing a leather RFID wallet is the fact that it is expensive, which should not be a big deal. It is good value for money as you are guaranteed of long-term use and as a result, you won’t need to make as many replacements as with some of these less durable materials. For the lovers of anti-slash material, you will definitely have to cough up a few more bucks but it is totally worth it. It is only promised that you will get what you pay for in most cases. If you buy a product that is flimsy just because it costs lesser, it will not really serve its purpose. As a result, you end up losing even more than you bargained for and even worse, you could lose some of your documents from the wallet you buy. If you want something that does the job just right, find one that is sturdy enough to hold all your cards perfectly without risking losing some of them. It’s a great idea to buy the RFID wallet online but to be safer than sorry, you may need to look into customer reviews to confirm it is durable enough to hold items even if in excess.

Purpose

Before buying an RFID wallet, the first thing that should be on your mind is the use you want to put the wallet into. It is only clear enough that the primary purpose for an RFID wallet is to guard against getting your credit card details or identity stolen by malicious people. Do you need the wallet to carry more than just one credit card or will there be a few other documents you will need to include? Passports also have RFID chips, which means you may also need to carry one or more in your wallet which means that you’ll have to find out to fit that in. If you intend to carry multiple cards with documents as well, ensure the wallet you buy has enough room to accommodate all you need to include in it.

Budget

There is a variety of products on the market for different budgets. It doesn’t have to be such a big deal and you may not necessarily have to plan before you can buy your RFID wallet. You also don’t have to splash too much cash to find one that suits your desires, requirements or needs. It is only obvious that if you want a fancy wallet, some kind of brand name with extra pizazz, you have to invest a little more than just a few dollars. Generally speaking, it is still very easy to find high-value products on a mid-budget range. Fancy doesn’t always promise quality although most brand names have been known to deliver far beyond the customers’ expectations.

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Security Features

RFID wallets are well-equipped with security features that protect you against identity theft as in the case of passports and losing the monies stored in your credit card. But that doesn’t mean you are immune from theft. Rest assured, if someone wants to steal from you, they will definitely know what to do. For this reason, you need to have a product backed with some kind of smart thinking behind the construction which will be equally as intelligent as thieves you are likely to encounter. The anti-slash fabric is great as it will protect you against anyone who may try to rip into the material of your wallet to steal the contents in it. The two materials that can effectively block radio waves are metal and water but you can’t fill up your bag with water in the name of protecting your money. Aluminum makes the best guard for RFID wallets so the next one you purchase will for one have a little of it, in lighter quantities of course. For those not entirely made out of it, there will be a strip of it placed in the internal body.

Size

This isn’t always such a big deal. Standardly, the size of RFID wallet would barely exceed that of regular wallets. However, you will need something that big enough to hold all your items. This is where a wallet with several compartments comes in handy, to allow you keep everything in one basket and thus avoid any inconveniences. Particularly, an A5 sized wallet is sufficient enough to carry as many things as you may need to bring to a trip or just stepping out. Convenience is an aspect covered under the size of the wallet. Ensure it is just the right size to move around with and doesn’t weigh too much on you.

Which RFID Wallet Should You Buy?

RFID blocking sleeves are essential for the modern-day as they protect you from thieves who may skim to steal your financial information. This may force you to cancel credit cards over the anxiety of losing money from your bank account. They are also very convenient allowing you to just slide your card into your wallet giving you peace of mind whenever you leave home.

The disadvantage of using the aforementioned sleeves is the bulk they add to your wallet very quickly which is annoying in some kind of way especially if you have a preference for minimal thickness and clutter. Plus, they can be quite ugly if not matched well with the design of the basic wallet. It is also believed by some people that sleeves do not give ultimate protection from RFID scanners, and in this case, you only have the option of a dedicated instead. The following are two types of the most popular RFID-blocking wallets:
1. Slim Aluminum Foil Wallets
They are some of the cheapest available RFID wallets and is the most recommended for convenience. They are not just more affordable than several regular wallets, some also have a great look and take up minimal space if well-designed. A slim wallet makes an ideal option for carrying around cards fewer than five. There could be an allowance for up to 10 cards but there’s no point in buying a slim wallet to deform its shape and form. Aluminum is recognized as an inexpensive option for a shielding material in the construction of RFID wallets so you are assured that the next one you spot will be affordable enough. You’ll be glad to know that they are designed specially to be compact, lightweight and slim, which equals reliability. Some are even made to be waterproof but if you find such, you’ll need to spend a little more. The best of them are crafted uniquely from aircraft-grade aluminum and a powerful alloy of a high-strength polycarbonate and this blend vouchers for better physical protection.

2. Leather RFID Wallets
The cash band for these wallets is on the case. Surprisingly, the costly bit of it doesn’t keep off customers. It is, in fact, the reason why most people will opt for the products. Cheap is expensive, but leather is the best material that can be used in the construction of RFID wallets and it’s not just because of its luxurious attribute. It happens to be one of the most durable ones and having one basically wins you a lottery. These wallets are resistant to any kind of damage even when exposed to extreme conditions. For protection from radio frequencies, they are laced with an RFID shield that guards against losing your personal financial information and passport details with frauds and identity thieves. If you are traveling frequently, it’s the ideal option to bring to your trip. Leather RFID wallets can either be bi-fold or tri-fold.
Bi-fold Wallets
These make some of the most notable RFID wallets currently available in the market. Bi-fold wallets are surprisingly very rare which is why if you get this one, you have won yourself a jackpot. Construction is done on a very durable material-nylon microfiber which makes it extremely lightweight and enhancing its longevity. It is resistant to any form of damage even if subjected to intense and physical heavy daily abuse. Also worth mentioning is the vast amount of space. In it is a pocket big enough to keep bills as well as four main compartments for keeping cards, 2 extra pockets and a plastic pocket where you can keep your ID card. It is capable of holding up to twenty-five separate cards, but these are excess and can make you a little uncomfortable. Therefore, 10 cards are just enough to keep it stable and lighter.
Tri-fold Wallets
The market doesn’t stock too much of these at the moment. They provide the most space enough to accommodate several cards and a few bills. More or less, they are similar to most conventional wallets only they come with RFID protection keeping your passport and credit cards out of reach by digital pickpockets. Several compartments allow you store all your cards including your drivers’ license and ID card too. You can move around with peace of mind and will have nothing to worry even in crowds that are meant to make you vulnerable.

Do You Really Need a New Wallet?

It comes all the way down to how risk-tolerant you are. In case you are willing to spend for some peace of mind, it’s perfectly okay to buy one. However, if you are a penny pincher or you have higher priorities and bigger concerns to worry about, then you can pass the wallets over. Also, if you are a skeptic, there is a cheaper way to protect your credit cards without replacing your current wallet or having to spend too much. An alternative strategy to using avoiding financial losses through RFID credit cards is trying as far as possible not to walk with them. Cashless and contactless payments can be made through other methods such as Apple Pay and Android Pay both of which use a more convenient and safer NFC technology. We often move around with our phones, which are less prone to theft through radio frequency scanners thus guarding against financial losses. It is also very important to be conscious of your surroundings. You can preemptively avoid damage if you stay at the top of the digital identity theft red lights as well as finding out what credit fraud looks like and spot it sooner than it can get to you.

Verdict

All things considered, the world is changing rapidly and with technological innovation on the rise, have found a new way of getting to your bank account. It is one of the channels through which they can exploit your vulnerability and you may never realize just how much risk you subject yourself to. Much has been said about the credibility of RFID wallets but they still remain the best shield against digital theft through credit cards. Everyone needs one of these to curb the threat we face because the offenders are always aware of when to strike. The best defense you can embrace is to be the smart one so that when the time comes, you have all your security needs in check.

In the 21st century, pickpocketing has evolved to a whole new level. Your credit card information and other important details can be stolen right under your nose! Today’s crop of thieves will rob you of your identity without your slightest knowledge. Even with the latest security designs in wallets, they easily find their way to your personal information.

To combat this, RFID blocking wallets block off all incoming signals, keeping your identity safe. It still begins the question: do RFID blocking wallets work?

First, here’s a brief insight into how RFID technology works.

How Does Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Work?

RFID works similarly to barcode technology: instead of a barcode, and the scanner, you have a RFID tag and a RFID reader (which has an antenna). Unlike the barcode, However, the RFID reader doesn’t have to ‘see’ the tag: the reader only needs to be in close proximity.

Once close enough, data is transferred to the antenna as radio waves, compromising your privacy and banking details. Used in many applications, RFID technology is present in security checkpoints, credit cards, and even tagging animals.

Through it, we can now pay for products and services without your card touching the terminal.

What Use Is Your Information To RFID Thieves?

Just recently in 2015, identity theft becomes the leading complaint at FTC. While this technology makes it incredibly easy for a thief to steal your personal details, your finances are put at risk.

By successfully skimming your card, a thief can use the retrieved information to drain all your accounts! In other instances, identity thieves can copy your cards’ encrypted information and load it to another card, effectively making a duplicate of your wallet.

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How To Tell Whether Your Cards Have RFID

If your cards have a horizontal wi-fi symbol, they are RFID enabled. The newer debit and credit cards have a small rectangular chip embedded on the front; these more prominent chips (Europay Visa Mastercard, EMV) add extra security to safeguard your information.

Unlike traditional cards, the new RFID credit cards stay in your hand all through, only requiring you to wave them at a reader. However, unless extra protective measures are taken, identity thieves can as easily access your confidential information with portable RFID scanners.

Recently, thieves are using smartphones and free apps to blend in and be even more stealthy. Securing all your RFID-enabled cards in an RFID-blocking wallet will give you the peace of mind you need.

Note: The presence of a chip on your card’s front doesn’t exclusively indicate that it has RFID or vice versa.

How Do Thieves Acquire Your Encrypted Information?

RFID readers, also known as interrogators or transceivers, are incredibly easy and cheap to acquire. With this reader in their coat pocket, the thief only needs to get within a few inches of your unsecured cards: in a matter of seconds, they will be done and on their way to rein havoc.

In any crowded environment, a thief can retrieve confidential information from countless unsuspecting people. The RFID data contains:

-Your name
-The credit card number
-The expiration date
-Security code
-Other personal information

This technology, also used in some identification cards, driver’s licenses, passports and employee badges can be easily manipulated with a computer. In their earliest days, RFID embedded debit and credit cards could transmit a lot of information, making it fairly easy for identity thieves to clone cards. Most credit card companies and companies have upped their games, making it harder for thieves to rob you blind.

After a single purchase, most cards have nor been programmed to alter their internal security protocol. Should a thief to retrieve information from such a card, it would only be good for one purchase! Even with all these measures, having your personal information compromised will still give you the creeps.

Worrying Identity Theft Statistics

A study carried out by Javelin Strategy & Research in 2013 the U.S indicated that one new person fell victim to identity theft every 2 seconds! Today, there is an overwhelming number of victims, all put to get their identities, and hopefully money, back.

Interesting Demographics

If you have been a victim of data breaches, you are 9.5 times more likely to have your identity stolen. The study also determined that families with a combined income of $150,000+ were more likely to be targeted with the intention of draining the accounts.

As much as RFID-blocking wallets are useful in preventing fraud, confidential information may also be sourced from the victim’s social media accounts: it pays to secure these accounts and limit access to information to the bare minimum.

People with perfect credit scores are an identity thief’s ideal target; their cards can be easily compromised to take even bigger withdrawals and purchases. Of the 12 million people falling victim to RFID identity theft each year, 3 million are deceased: there is truly no honor among thieves!

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Why Carry an RFID-blocking Wallet?

To protect all your cards from identity theft, an RFID-blocking option would be the simplest option. On the downside, RFID chips can give away a wealth of information from a safe distance.

RFID-blocking wallets are portable Faraday cages fitting perfectly in your pocket. A Faraday cage/shield blocks all electromagnetic fields and is made of a highly conductive material such as metal or carbon. Using a scanner, the identity thief sends out an electromagnetic field, collecting confidential information in the process.

With an RFID-blocking wallet, the electromagnetic field gets distributed on the wallet’s exterior, keeping its contents safe from prying eyes. By canceling out the radiation or charge from the wallet’s interior, your privacy will be hard to breach even for the most seasoned perpetrators.

In reality, these wallets are like hollow conductors, where the charge remains on their exterior without even penetrating.

Besides wallets, the Faraday Shield phenomenon is widely used for the protection of sensitive electronic equipment from outside radio frequency interference. With your wallet functioning as a Faraday Cage, no sensitive information will leak out without your consent.

The most common materials used in the production of RFID-blocking wallets are Aluminum, Carbon Fiber, and other similarly conductive materials.

What To Look For In Superior RFID-blocking Wallets

Unlike a few years back, RFID blocking wallets are more widespread, readily available, and varying in design and functionality. Still, many current designs have inexcusable flaws which will likely put you off.

Some of the distinct and bothersome design feature:

– Traditional leather wallets lined with aluminum foil. Apart from being unnecessarily noisy, this foil will tear away over time, breaking its ‘protective’ seal.

– Removable RFID Shielding sleeves. Flimsy in their construction, these sleeves will only give you a harder time accessing your cards, in addition to making your wallet considerably heavy.

– Cheaply produced hard case wallets. Profusely advertised on the internet and TV, these scam products are ineffective in RFID blocking.

– 2 cheaply made aluminum plates which are held in place by a hair tie; you risk breaking them if you sit on the wallet; don’t we all sit on ours?

To buy the best RFID-blocking wallet, you should look out for:

#1 An Aircraft-Grade Aluminum Plating, Not Merely An Aluminum Foil

The stronger the aluminum alloy plates, the safer your cards will be and the longer your wallet will last. For the best functionality, the plates should fit snugly and firmly in the wallet, ensuring that they don’t get damaged or crushed easily.

Tip: Stong polycarbonate shell designs are the toughest on the market yet; they look classy too!

#2 RFID-Friendly Wallets, Not Just RFID-blocking Ones

Radio Frequency Identification is a typical 2-way street: your RFID cards have been made to enable easy, effortless scanning. The best-designed RFID-blocking wallets take this into account.

If you will be regularly using certain cards at a specific time of day, some wallet designs allow you to attach these cards on the back. For instance, subway-entry and RFID work-entry cards can be used conveniently without opening the wallet.

All other credit, debit, and identification cards can remain securely in the vault!

#3 Is The Wallet Expandable?

Let’s face it, we have all had an overwhelming number of cards at a time, all for specific uses. Perhaps your favorite Aunt gifted you a card you just can’t leave behind. The most thoughtful designs have attachable clips, allowing you to expand your storage space and fit them all!

With this extra capacity, you can protect your regular and business cards in addition to your RFID-enabled cards; though the former may not need RFID protection, carrying them along is equally important too.

#4 Flipping And Staying Open

For 99% of the time, traditional leather wallets are folded in half. With the many cards in your possession, you will definitely need an RFID-blocking wallet that stays open as you sort through.

The best wallets on the market can flip open and stay that way by a press of a button. No rush sorting through your cards as you can flip through without the risk of dropping them out. This easy access and placement of cards improve convenience without compromising your privacy.

#5 Does It Lock Shut?

As one of the most important features of an RFID-blocking wallet, it should lock shut every time you’re not using it; even the slightest opening can allow powerful RFID readers scan through your cards quickly.

By automatically locking itself when flipped shut, a good wallet should secure all your cards and cash, preventing them from falling out accidentally. If you are weary of sitting on and breaking your important plastic, look for the super durable polycarbonate designs; they can withstand your weight without giving in.

#6 Intuitive Access To Cash And Cards

We all hate looking like fools at the checkout line, trying to wedge out a card from the depths of our wallets. As you shop for a new RFID-blocking wallet, it would be best to settle for one that allows you easy access to your cards and cash.

The best designs on the market allow you to flip through cards and cash as if you were dealing Blackjack! This is not only very classy but also allows you to count your cash without taking it out of the wallet.

#7 Bright, Distinct Colors

If you’re like most people, finding your car keys and wallet before leaving the house might be your most challenging tasks. If you frequently camp or go on the hiking trail, you also need a bright colored RFID-blocking wallet; should it get lost, it’s easier to find.

How Else Can You Secure Your Cards?

Once you purchase your RFID-blocking wallet, you are in the clear as far as card skimming goes. However, there’s a growing need to implement even more protection strategies, just to be absolutely sure your identity and money are safe.

You should:

Shop Securely Online

In an age where we virtually do all our shopping online, scammers have come in their hordes and are almost undetectable. To be safe, only do business with trusted retailers. Before entering your personal information, ensure the website little lock symbol on the address bar.

Have The Credit Company Contact Information

Credit cards companies’ customer service are quick to block any cards reported to them as stolen. Whenever you notice any mildly suspicious activity with your cards, be prompt in notifying the company. Quick action can save you a lot of agony and money.

Carry Your Wallet In Your Front Pocket

If an identity theft is out to get you, you have a better chance of noticing if they approach from the front. When in your back pocket, your wallet is as good as forgotten and more prone to being electronically pick-pocketed.

Notify Your Card Company Of Travel Dates

As an added safety measure, credit card companies have the mandate to freeze your card should they note its use out-of-town. By informing them of your travels beforehand, your cards will remain active.

Wrap Up

When shopping for the best RFID-blocking wallet online, you will be met with a wide variety of choices, all claiming to offer unbreakable protection. While many websites have testimonials vouching for their products, independent testing is hard to come by.

One sure thing about RFID wallets though is, they’re more stylish than wrapping your cards in a noisy aluminum foil. At a first glance, they look like the typical card and passport holders. Under their skin, however, RFID-blocking wallets are built to secure all your personal information.

Have you settled on yours yet? Do you have any questions or additional information you would like to share? Feel free to drop us a note. Cheers!

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