Top Ten (+1) Amazon products in for SEPTEMBER 2016

Alter Ego Impac Ego Treatment with Garlic
UNA Hair Loss Combination Set
Boé Crece Pelo Combo Set II for Hair Growth
Alter EGO Hair Loss Combination Set
Alter EGO Nequal Intensive Energizing Lotion 125ml
Alter Ego Maschera Ristrutturante Al Cocco Coconut Mask
Silicon Mix Combo Set II
ZriEy Cross-Strap Peep-Toe Platform Stilettos
Alter Ego Garlic Regenerating System
UNA Hair Loss Combination Set
Kanechom Brazilian Goat's Milk Treatment + Silicon Mix
Updated: 1 October 2016


Since 2004 is a bilingual website in English and Spanish dedicated to Dominican and Latin American* and Hispanic* beauty, beauty care, culture, resources, and events. Major topics include: Home page screenshot There's lots more, too; see the sitemap.

"Dominican" means from the Dominican Republic or (as we call it) Santo Domingo, a beautiful tropical paradise in the Caribbean Sea between Puerto Rico and Cuba that shares the island of Hispaniola with our sister country, Haiti. There are millions of Dominicans in the USA, mostly in New York City and nearby New Jersey, but also in Providence RI, Philadelphia PA, Boston and Lawrence MA, Miami FL, and elsewhere. We are a people of races and colors. Our culture has Spanish, Native American, African, Haitian, French, German, Italian, North American, and other influences. The most powerful force in Dominican culture is the family. Americans know us for our baseball players, our beauty salons, and our music — merengue and bachata — but of course there is a lot more to Dominican culture than those three things.

Cell phone Some people say that Dominican women are the most beautiful women in the world.  I don't know if that could be said of any nationality, but beauty is certainly very important to Dominican women, and when you care about beauty and you make an effort to look good, that tends to make people perceive you as beautiful, and it improves your chances of success in whatever you do. Dominican women probably spend more time in beauty parlors than everybody else put together! But there are other aspects to beauty too, such as the humor, kindness, respect, generosity, and warmth that Dominicans are famous for.

A major purpose of this site is to provide a gateway to for Spanish-speaking people who can't read English and/or people who do not live in the USA. Every page exists in a Spanish and an English version; you can switch languages by clicking the first item on the main menu near the top or bottom of every regular page (such as this one). The English and Spanish versions of each page usually have the same content, but there are exceptions; for example, English speakers don't need a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to use

At the same time, the site offers a window into Dominican, Latin American, and Hispanic beauty and culture for English speakers. In particular, the Dominican method of hair care and Dominican hair products, which are of increasing interest to African-American and mixed-race women because of their excellent results without the use harsh chemicals. is completely safe to use. To verify this for yourself, search Google for "analyze website safety", then visit any of the sites listed in the results (for example Symantec's Norton Safe Web), and enter "" as the site address to check.
*   "Latin American" or "Latino" (or "Latina") is a term that includes Spanish- and perhaps Portuguese-speaking people in the Western hemisphere, including the USA and Canada, as well as indigenous peoples "south of the border" who speak languages like Nahuatl, Aymara, Quechua, Arawak, Guarani, Q'eqchi', Mapudungun, and many others. "Hispanic" encompasses those who speak Spanish in parts of the world, and perhaps also Portuguese (and Catalan, Aragonese, etc). This might include some of the former colonies in Africa and elsewhere where Spanish is still spoken (Ecuatorial Guinea, parts of the Philippines), or Portuguese (Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, Macao). In the USA, the terms are used more or less interchangeably to denote people who speak Spanish (or Portuguese), or have Spanish (or Portuguese) surnames, or are descendents of immigrants from Latin-American countries, no matter what their names are (for example, many Dominicans, Cubans, and others have Basque surnames).

Financing the website

Websites are not free; you have to pay the Internet service provider and the web hosting site every month. To pay for this website, I promote products sold by is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to
Every time you order a product through a link or image on, it helps to pay for this website, and it doesn't cost you anything extra. If you order from Amazon frequently, and you would like to help support this site every time you order anything there, you can drag the following link:

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to your desktop, where it becomes a shortcut, and then whenever you want to go to Amazon, just double-click on it (explain). To assure yourself that it's safe to use after dragging to your desktop but before actually using it, right-click on it, choose Properties, and examine the tabs. As you can see, it is nothing more than a Web link to tagged with the Amazon Associate ID for, which is "aleidmoreldom-20". When you enter this way, it does not affect what you pay when you order.

The products sold by are made by thousands of different companies, and are sold by itself or by subcontractors, but not by, which simply refers you to as a source for certain products. Amazon's Conditions for Use are given HERE; please read them.

Traffic is drawn to the website by search engines such as Google. does not advertise, nor does it accept ads. does not send unsolicited emails of a promotional or any other nature. does not use the services of "SEO" companies, nor any other tricks or ruses. Placement of pages in Google and other search engines is established solely by their content, which is 100% handmade and open for to see ("view source").

Dominican Hair Products

Alter Ego conditioner The products on are related to the themes of the website, and many of them would be hard to find if you didn't know exactly where to look. For example, Dominican Republic hair care products and other hair care products used by Dominican woman and in Dominican salons, and that are also highly prized by other Latinas and by African-American women, such as the legendary Alter Ego line made in Italy. has an excellent selection of these products if you know where to look, but I already found them for you.

I also have pages devoted to selected hair-care lines with additional information such as photos, reviews, ingredients, and instructions:

Women's shoes

Steve Madden Ari Pump in Black Leather The other major product category in is women's shoes. Amazon sells hundreds of thousands of different shoes. If you are interested in classic elegant high heels — women's pumps, sandals, and boots — it can take week to pick them out from among the other kinds they are mixed in with, and there are some you will never find! This is already done for you on
  High heels from (4 inches and higher)
ZriEy Cross-Strap Peep-Toe Platform Stilettos Black Crocodile In this page, when you see the image of a shoe, you can hover the mouse over the image to see the brand name and model of the shoe. If you click on the image, you will arrive either at the shoe's product page in (where you find the information about it and order it if you wish), or at a gallery page for the shoe (where you can see a large original photo and read my comments about the shoe, and click on a button to visit the shoe's Amazon product page). Try it with the image above left (which is a gallery link), and with the one on the right (which is a direct product link).

Besides my high heels collection, I also have:

Because women's fashion shoes come and go so fast, my collections are updated at least once a month, usually more often.

As of September 2014, I have made my best attempt to remove toxic shoes from my listings. These are shoes that ship directly from (or in some cases are imported by the seller from) certain countries and that emit strong, persistent, noxious fumes that burn the eyes and cause dizziness, nausea, and headache. I don't know for sure which shoes are toxic and which are not unless I order them myself, but I have have experienced enough of them personally to be able to predict which ones they are. CLICK HERE to read more on this topic.

Website technical details is 100% hand-made HTML 4.0. Pages are periodically verified by the W3C Markup Validation Service. The site can be checked for safety and security by using services such AVG Online Web Page Scanner, Online Link Scan, or the Google Safe Browsing tool that is built in to and used automatically by Chrome and Firefox. is not a secure (HTTPS) site because it does not need to be. It does not collect any information from you (except your email address if you use our Contact form, which you don't need to do since you can always use regular email to contact us in the same way). It is unfortunate that some Web browsers warn users about "insecure" sites simply because they are not encrypted. For example Firefox says "This website does not supply identity information", which merely means it is not encrypted. You'll get the same warning (at least as of mid-September 2014) from Netflix, Youtube, and most other popular websites that don't collect information from you because these sites are "one way": they send pages to you but they do not collect information from you. Even is not encrypted until you go to buy something or manage your account. is not a link-exchange site. It does not have popups or paid ads. It doesn't plant cookies* or change your computer in any way. There are no tricks, no bad surprises. The pages are static; they don't jump around and there are no animations or sound. You don't need a Flash player or other plugins, not even a PDF reader (although there might be a few links to external PDF files in the parades and holidays pages). It does not require Javascript, but it will use it in a few places if you have it enabled, mainly for changing images when you reload a page (you can see this, for example, if you reload the home page). does not collect your personal information except your email address when you use the contact form, so we can reply. But don't worry, we don't send you unsolicited mail after that. does not take or process orders; when you want to order something, it sends you to to enter the order; Amazon is one of the best-known and safest shopping sites on the Internet. does not force you to widen your window beyond 800 pixels. It works not only with Internet Explorer but also with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera, and (as of April 2015) all known mobile browsers, and even in Lynx, the Unix-based text-mode browser.

As of April 2015, has over 7000 separate pages (about 2500 of them in the beauty galleries, another 4000 in the parades and festivals gallery), and tens of thousands of images. All of the content is original, except vendor product images** and flag images. Recommended viewing:'s pages were originally designed to look best in a browser window about 800 pixels wide but as of April 2015, most of the most popular ones have a new "fluid" design that automatically accommodates narrow cell-phone screens (as narrow as 300px; details about this below) as well as tablets and large desktop monitors.

As far as the unconverted pages go, if your window is wider than 800px, the pages will be more spread out. If your window is narrower, then in most browsers (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera) the layout is preserved but you will have to scroll horizontally; in Internet Explorer (IE), however, the display is often jumbled because quirks in IE regarding spacing, colors, highlighting, buttons, borders, placement of objects, sizing of images, etc. is "powered" by:, NetBSD, Apache, EMACS, C-Kermit, Kermit 95, and the EOS 60D and Canon EOS XTi Digital SLR cameras. And, in the new home page, David DeSandro's Masonry cascading grid layout library. And as of March 20, 2016, Stuart Langridge's sorttable package for sorting tables by column; for example, in the Father's Day page, the Mother's Day page, the Teachers's Day page, and the glossary of country names in English and Spanish.
* itself does not plant cookies or store things on your computer, but it does use Google Analytics and Quantcast for performance monitoring, as do millions of other websites, and these services can create cookies. Of course plants cookies on your computer, no matter whether you come from or anywhere else. Read more about cookies and how to opt out of them HERE.
** There are thousands of original photos on, and there are also thousands of vendor product images; these are used according to the terms and conditions of the Amazon Associates Program Operating Agreement. Vendor product images usually have a white background.

Questions and Answers about

Is there a version of for mobile devices?
Beginning in February 2015, many of the pages at have been converted for mobile devices. These include: ________________________
On April 9, 2015, a totally remodeled and updated Gallery of high heels was installed, in which the main gallery page links to 622 separate image pages (more now) with information and links about the shoe in the image. In fact there are two of each page and subpage, one in English, one in Spanish; 1246 in all. On April 23, the nails and hair galleries were converted, for a total of 822 more mobile-friendly pages.
**  May 4, 2015. There was no way to save the traditional tabular format of the parades and festivals calendar, so now, instead of cells for date, time, place, and description, there is consistently-formatted text box for each event, which can easily be squeezed to fit a 300px-wide screen.

These pages have been changed to work better on small screens such as cell phones and tablets. This means that:

  1. Converted pages will show up on your cell phone with the writing big enough to read, rather than reduced so the whole page fits across the screen, which tends to make the text microscopic.
  2. If your mobile device is at least 300 pixels wide, there will be no need to scroll horizontally.
  3. Converted pages are more “fluid”, they can be squeezed and stretched and still remain useful. Some features, such as the main menu, will wrap onto a second line if it would be wider than the screen. Others, such as the the Top Ten, when squeezed, will show some overlap.
  4. On a very narrow screen, certain nonessential items might be omitted because they just don't fit.
  5. The heading and menu have been redesigned for fluidity. The menu has fewer items, is more readable, and has the most popular items first.
  6. In many cases there is much less "overhead" (like banners and headers) at the top of a page, so you have a much greater chance of seeing some content on the first screen, even on a cell phone.
More pages will be converted as time goes on. As for the many pages that have not been converted, most modern mobile devices are able to display them reduced to fit on the the screen, in which case you might need to magnify it. This is one of the reasons why does not have wide pages; the chances are better you can still read them when reduced to fit a small screen. Also note that most types of modern cell phones can be turned sideways for a wider view. In any case, it seems each new generation of cell phones has a bigger screen, but on the other hand (so to speak) it also seems that soon people will be looking at Web pages on their wristwatches!
How does the Top Ten work?
The monthly Top 10 Amazon Products, Hair Products, and Shoes are according to click-throughs from product links on to
What happened to the Fortune Teller in the Gifts Page?
The lady with the crystal ball who would pick out the perfect gift if you clicked on her... The Internet gods decided it was a bad idea to allow cross-domain links inside iframes, and today's web servers no longer follow them.
What is a sortable table?
For holidays like Mother's Day, Father's Day, Teacher's Day, and for other lists like the names of countries in English and Spanish, we present the information in tabular form. As of March 22, 2016, you can sort these tables in different ways by clicking on the heading of the desired column, such as Country, Date, etc, and then the table rearranges itself accordingly. If you click the same heading again, the order is reversed.
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