Aleida.net 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:
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.
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 Amazon.com 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.
Aleida.net 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
"aleida.net" 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 other 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
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 Amazon.com
Aleida.net 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 Aleida.net
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:
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 Amazon.com tagged with the Amazon Associate
ID for Aleida.net, which is "aleidmoreldom-20". When you enter Amazon.com
this way, it does not affect what you pay when you order.
The products sold by Amazon.com are made by thousands of different
companies, and are sold by Amazon.com itself or by subcontractors, but not
by Aleida.net, which simply refers you to Amazon.com 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.
Aleida.net does not advertise, nor does it accept ads. Aleida.net does
not send unsolicited emails of a promotional or any other nature.
Aleida.net does not use the services of "SEO" companies, nor any other
tricks or ruses. Placement of Aleida.net 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
The products on Aleida.net 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
line made in Italy.
Amazon.com 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:
The other major product category in Aleida.net is
. 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
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 Amazon.com
(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
Aleida.net 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
, Online Link Scan
the Google Safe
tool that is built in to and used automatically by Chrome and
Aleida.net 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 Amazon.com
is not encrypted until you go to buy something or manage your account.
Aleida.net 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
enabled, mainly for changing images when you reload a page (you can see
this, for example, if you reload the home page).
Aleida.net 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.
Aleida.net does not take or process orders; when you want to order
something, it sends you to Amazon.com to enter the order; Amazon is one of
the best-known and safest shopping sites on the Internet.
Aleida.net 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, Aleida.net 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.
Aleida.net'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.
Aleida.net is "powered" by:
Canon EOS 60D
Digital SLR cameras. And, in the new home page,
David DeSandro's Masonry
cascading grid layout library. And as of March 20, 2016,
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
country names in English and Spanish.
Aleida.net 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 Amazon.com plants cookies
on your computer, no matter whether you come from Aleida.net or anywhere
else. Read more about cookies and how to opt out of them HERE.
There are thousands of original photos on Aleida.net, 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 Aleida.net
- Is there a version of Aleida.net for mobile devices?
- Beginning in February 2015, many of the pages at Aleida.net 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:
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 Aleida.net 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!
- 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.
- If your mobile device is at least 300 pixels wide, there will be no need
to scroll horizontally.
- 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.
- On a very narrow screen, certain nonessential items might be
omitted because they just don't fit.
- The heading and menu have been redesigned for fluidity. The menu
has fewer items, is more readable, and has the most popular items first.
- 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.
- 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 Aleida.net to Amazon.com.
- 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
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