Do whatever makes you feel confident and beautiful. If you love the gray that emphasizes your transition into middle age, embrace your new natural color. However, if you prefer a more vibrant shade to your coif, choose a dye that reflects the way you see yourself. The choice about hair color should hardly be considered …
Do whatever makes you feel confident and beautiful. If you love the gray that emphasizes your transition into middle age, embrace your new natural color. However, if you prefer a more vibrant shade to your coif, choose a dye that reflects the way you see yourself.
The choice about hair color should hardly be considered lightly. Since it subconsciously affects the way people perceive themselves and others. The opportunity to live life as a brunette or honey blond has a very different outcome. Than the decision to dye one’s hair blue, black, or red. Color choice is about action and interpretation and people who are not prepared to receive constant comments on their appearance should not choose a bold color that draws attention. Your color, regardless of your choice, should compliment both your haircut and personal style. To ensure that the color of your hair enhances your look and your life.
Power Over Your Life
You might think it impossible that hair color could hold that much power over your life, but I have learned from personal experience that the shade a person chooses often determines how they are treated and how they act. As an apparently fake but sassy blond, men often told me that they were surprised to discover I wasn’t dumb. This breed of men who find blonds irresistible apparently prefers them not only for their pale locks but also for their stereotypically naive persona. I wondered at times how many women with this hair color play into the stereotype just to impress the men who believe in it. I decided after a few years that it was not a role I was willing to play.
At the suggestion of a brilliant gay man, I delved into shades of red that seemed to fit my personality more closely. I often heard the phrase “fiery red-head” that sounded like a good fit to my outspoken and sometimes witty personality. The effect of the color was immediate. From the moment I stepped out in my new color, I attracted an entirely different breed of men who both expected and reveled in my sarcastic intellectual side. With this color, I gained more friends of both genders who demanded more of me.
Black is Black
I briefly explored black as a hair color option, but I discovered that I was not quite up to the responsibility. Black is such an extreme color that a person must always be diligent to match clothing and make-up or end up looking like a sickly pale representation of her former self. People also have high expectations of a personality with black hair since it has come to represent the Gothic or macabre in many circles.
After the black adventure, I returned to red, my true inner color. This time, though, I added highlights that range from blond to orange depending on the length of time they were left in my hair. This style has been the most admired and commented on since the vibrant colors not only stand out but also appear different from the colors most people use on their hair. Even the man who owns the salon that cuts my hair came over to comment on the colors and ask what I use (L’Oreal Color Expert). This color gives me the opportunity to feel confident about my look as the highlights let me reflect my individuality and personal style.
The moral of the story is: choose a color that makes you feel most like yourself whether that choice is a natural shade leaning toward gray, a shocking shade of lime green, or anything in between.
First of all, stop wearing ponytails! Having your hair tied back a lot causes it to become more brittle overall, eventually giving you split ends.
Have your hair trimmed regularly, to keep it growing healthy. This tends to be every 6 to 8 weeks or so for most people, less if you have a short style you are trying to maintain.
Moisturize & Strengthen
Keep your hair moisturized and only wash your hair every few days or so. Use a hair-strengthening shampoo (like Infusium 23, Dove shampoos and conditioners for damaged hair, or Pantene), and towel dry gently rather than vigorously rubbing-otherwise you’ll have fly-aways. Apply a hair serum or leave-in conditioner, paying particular attention to the ends of your hair. Let your hair air dry for a while, and use only a comb to detangle.
Blow-Dry With Care
Be careful with that blowdryer! It can make your hair frizz and split, so only dry your hair on the lowest setting, and just use on your hair when it is damp and not sopping wet. Invest in a good styling brush to help manage your hair while drying, and use the brush only on hair that is dry.
Hot Oil Not Necessary
Hot oil treatments aren’t necessarily needed, especially for someone with an oily scalp, but an occasional application of hot oil is fine. Just plan to do it maybe once a month, and before you wash your hair. But make sure to get it all out when washing, or else your hair will get dull and flat! The best way to know that you’ve gotten it all is by when washing your hair, you hear a squeaking sound when tugging your hands through your hair
Shoulder lengths, pastel colors and dramatic bangs are sure to make waves in 2018.
Switching to a gluten-free diet can be confusing and messy for many people. It is understandable because this is a new diet that has only taken hold recently as it was once exclusively reserved for people with celiac disease. These days, a gluten-free diet is now being adhered to by those with gluten intolerance. It is now a lifestyle choice, too.
To be honest, there are a lot of hidden gluten in many of the processed foods available in the market, hidden by the label, or thought of as gluten-free when cross-contamination has already occurred. It can be challenging to sieve through the many products because you have to do the research yourself, too.
Since the switch can be challenging at first, many beginners opt to sign up for gluten free prepared meals for their first few months. These delivery services are not only for convenience, but also to guide them as to what’s best to prepare when on this new lifestyle. Those who are hesitant to sign up for delivery services usually start off with eating the same meals and food products, until they get tired of the same menus, so they try delivery meals, too.
As a beginner, going for deliveries means you need a good overview as to how to prepare your meals. But if you want to keep on going gluten-free, you must know the basic rules of this new diet. What are the primary guidelines to follow when doing a gluten-free diet? Here are the top rules:
1. Go natural
There are a lot of hidden gluten in many processed foods, so if you want to be safe, stick to natural and unprocessed foods. By going natural, you get to control the ingredients that you use, and you exactly know what you are putting in your body. For example, instead of buying freeze-dried toffee caramel apple slices, go for raw apple smothered with homemade caramel. Opt to eat popcorn that you’ve prepared at home instead of eating one from a package that you can quickly get off a shelf. The key is to go for foods that are closest to their natural state as possible. Most natural foods are gluten-free, after all!
2. Check for certification seals
If you really must use packaged foods, the best way to know if it is legitimate is to check for the gluten-free seal issued by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG). GIG is the world leader in recognizing and supporting gluten-free products, and they are known to do rigorous checks before they offer their seal on a product’s label. Products with the GIG seal are often more expensive than those without the seal, but it is better to safe than sorry in the end.
Going gluten-free should not be difficult just because of the wealth of options available. If you choose quality over anything else, you will be on the right track. Always choose natural and unprocessed foods. And if you need to use packaged foods, go for those with the GIG seal.
The explosion of Korean beauty products has been phenomenal for the past decade. A lot of growth in the beauty industry for the longest time in a country known to export electronics and infrastructure implements. Today, cosmetics is the country’s third biggest export next to electronics and cars. It is a surprise for everyone, even for Koreans themselves.
So, how did Korean cosmetics become so popular worldwide? How did this small country make it big in such a competitive and high-risk industry?
Before South Korea, France and the US were world leaders in the beauty industry, with some companies even having hundreds of years of experience backing them up. From L’Oreal, Chanel, Maybelline, MAC, Clinique, Lancôme to Estée Lauder. These are some of the global cosmetics brands famous all over the world. Even South Korea, along with its neighbors, is a big consumer of these products.
Enter the Korean beauty industry. Not only did it take South Korea by storm, but even the world over. It is now not uncommon to find American and European beauty bloggers using Asian beauty products and reviewing them. Even Hollywood stars like Emma Stone and Drew Barrymore swear by Korean products. Also posting photos of themselves on their social media accounts using these products.
What are the secrets to success behind Korean cosmetics’ sudden popularity? Here are some of them that many beauty brands would want to take note of:
1. Overwhelming government support
It may sound unbelievable, but the South Korean government has a lot to say on how Korean cosmetics achieve such a global reach. For one, the government gives out generous tax incentives to South Korea-based cosmetics manufacturers that export to the US. If you solely export to the US, then you do not even have to pay for tax at all. It is the government’s move to encourage businesses to produce more products that can reach a global scale.
Aside from this tax incentive program, the government also provides subsidies for marketing and advertising expenses. As any business owner would know, marketing eats up a large chunk on a company’s resources. So, with the government stepping in to help out with marketing is a huge leap for many enterprises.
2. Popularity of K-pop and K-drama
The rise to fame of K-pop and K-drama at the same time of the explosion of Korean beauty products is no coincidence. It is a well-thought-out plan that apparently paid off. The huge fan base of many K-pop and K-drama stars is already a big market in itself. And then when you show these beautiful, handsome, and flawless stars on TV and ads, you get people who have never heard of K-pop hooked, too. K-pop, K-drama, and K-beauty. All coming together is like a match made in heaven. And it’s a combination that’s hard to miss if you come across them.
The South Korean government’s overwhelming support and the popularity of K-pop and K-drama may have paved the way for the Korean beauty industry to get into the phenomenal scale that it is in today. Its rise is a story of hope for all companies, big or small, and hopefully, South Korea’s success story serves as an inspiration to everyone.
Parabens are preservatives in cosmetic products and have been linked to breast cancer and the ability to disrupt hormones. Even fragrances contain parabens.
Approximately 75 to 90 percent of conventional cosmetics contain parabens, a commonly used preservative in personal care products. David Suzuki reports that parabens easily penetrate the skin and have been linked to breast cancer. The European Commission on Endocrine Disruption has parabens listed as a Category 1 substances and says they are endocrine disruptors.
Parabens are also known as: Methylparaben, butylparaben, propylparaben, isobutylparaben, ethylparaben, polyparaben and isobutylparaben.
Parabens Used in Facial Moisturizing Cream
While the Mayo Clinic recommends using a facial moisturizer to keep the skin soft and smooth, some people with sensitive skin may not be able to use standard facial moisturizers. Dr. Alan Rockoff suggests people with sensitive skin use Vaseline instead, which is petroleum-based.
Parabens are used in facial moisturizers to preserve the quality of the product and help it obtain a longer shelf life. Often, more than one type of paraben will be present in facial moisturizing lotions.
Anti-aging Creams Contain Parabens
Used by many women to minimize and prevent wrinkles, anti-aging creams are usually applied twice a day to the facial skin. No product can claim a guarantee of results, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t check them for effectiveness.
Parabens, among other ingredients, are used in anti-aging creams. Anti-aging creams may cause side effects such as skin irritation, redness or rashes. The Mayo Clinic recommends people to avoid the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and to use lotions with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.
Liquid and Powder Foundations Contain Parabens
Foundation is a cosmetic product used by many women. Women use foundation to cover up blemishes and make the face appearance smooth and even in tone. It can come as a liquid, a loose powder or powder in a compact form. Parabens are often used in the foundation to help them have a longer shelf life. Newer foundations such as mineral wear makeup can sometimes be found containing no parabens. Not all mineral wear makeup is paraben free though.
Hair Conditioners Contain Parabens
Used to protect the hair from harsh weather, styling damage and UV rays, hair conditioners also contain parabens. Parabens help preserve the product and allow it to remain on store shelves longer.
Some hair conditioners are left on the hair for a couple of minutes after shampooing and then rinsed out while others are left in the hair all day.
Fragranced Products Can Also Contain Parabens in Ingredients
Another “industry secret” is that of fragrances containing parabens. Labeling regulations do not require manufacturers to list their fragrance ingredients as fragrance recipes are considered to be trade secrets. Often, parabens are in the list of fragrance ingredients, but not many consumers are aware of this fact. Manufacturers must put “fragrance” on the label and consumers can only guess whether or not it contains parabens.
Getting an outstanding haircut takes a little thought and planning. You should do every possible thing to get the right cut can make it a better experience for you.
These tips can apply to both women and men. Knowing a few hair and communication pointers can make talking with the hairdresser more efficient and worry-free.
Routine Hair Care
Routine hair care involves trims, color touch ups, blowouts and special conditioning. Any time routine hair care is happening it is acceptable to enlist the help of a permanent hairdresser who is reliable and can get regular clientele in at any time. Routine hair care can also be done on the cheap. Trims can be done almost anywhere for a fraction of the cost of a salon. Coupons can be used to try out a new place for people who are new or to just save money for people who don’t want to spend a lot.
If there is something more detailed and involved, then it is best to see someone who is familiar with the client’s hair. This way, the hairdresser knows what the hair can and cannot do and can make realistic suggestions for the client.
Trying out a New Hairstyle
Trying out a new hairstyle is something that might best be done by a permanent hairdresser. A good tip: always give the hairdresser an idea of what type of cut is desired. This can be done by showing a clipped photo from a magazine, a real picture of someone with the desired cut, or flipping through the professional “books” on hairstyles that the salons carry and pointing out a style or color.
Any method that it’s done, it gives the hairdresser a “visual” to go by and they naturally can adjust it to the hair needs in front of them. Be firm and clear about what is desired.
Good Tips to Always Use at the Salon
Some tips never seem to go away when it comes to the hairdressers. For one, always tip anywhere from 15-20 percent or more if desired. Don’t forget to include people doing shampooing, or other types of services aside from the main hairdresser. Always know the prices of the salon and what payments are accepted, so there are no surprises. Some good conversation is fine, but try not to talk and distract the hairdresser too much as the hairdresser’s main job is to do a great job on the client’s hair.
Some vital things to know are what product lines are used (for hair coloring) and also the color or code that was used on the hair. This is important to record for the next visit–make sure this is done. It would be unfortunate if the color that was used were perfect, but the exact shade forgotten and not written down. Get as many hair tips from the hairdressers as the hairdressers are willing to share. Hairdressers have seen many heads and can provide realistic tried and true tips for the customers.