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      06.08.2012 23:05
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      A review which I hope will help many people.

      I am no hair stylist or hair dresser but I've repeatedly been told that I should be but it's something I strictly want to keep as a hobby. I wouldn't want to charge obscene amounts of money to do something people can do them selves and I'd also be bored of doing it for someone else, especially if it's something boring. Over the many years I've learnt a lot of things and in this review I'm going to share how to cut your own fringes, put extensions in right along with bleaching, hair dying and even dying hair extensions including styling.

      To cut a fringe:
      There are some hair dressers that do free fringe cuts such as Tony and guy but it will only be free if it's a trim and not a re styling of the fringe to get a re styled fringe cut you're looking at around £10 in most places when it's really easy and cheap to do it yourself, it doesn't even take that long to do. The most common at the moment are full fringes which is what I have. These are really easy to cut in yourself. The full fringe is in the middle of the back of your head and forehead. In the centre part horizontally roughly two inches and bring this forward at an angle getting wider as you come further towards your face. This is optional how big or small you actually do it, once you have all that hair put the rest of your hair in a bobble or grip it away from the piece you've just separated which will be your fringe. This will stop any hair getting in the way. Then separate the fringe part into sections across your head, this will allow you to cut the hair in layers so you can dope with it. comb the first section and cut in line with your eyebrows until you come to the points of your eyebrows, here you start to angle the scissors downward and this creates a curved fringe. Basically you are just following the same shape as what your eyebrows are. In layers trim your hair to the same length as the previous hair using it as a guide line. once you've done all this if it isn't short enough for you just snip little bits away until it is short enough for you.

      I have mine above my eyebrows and I find that mine is longer on one side so I just sit there and snip it away until it looks normal. I sued normal big kitchen scissors which aren't even sharp and it worked fine. Once it was in the shape I wanted it I got the little silver manicure scissors which were more precise for getting every hair the same length because of the smaller blade.When doing this yourself, do not expect it to be completely straight unless you sit there and put in a lot of effort to get it straight, I don't I just do it quick and have done with it. When it comes to straightening this if you curly the straighteners at the ends of your hair this will make your hair go to the shape of your face, make it look more rounded and hide that little wonky line if you have one, the perfect thing is if you do it slightly too high on one side, high fringes are in and they look a lot better than you might think.

      Hair extensions, trial and error:
      I amount I have to say please please please do not get micro rings or glue in hair extension, more often than not the wrong length is put in for your length of hair and this will make your hair thin and go bald in areas and I'm sure that wasn't the desired look. I sued to look down on girls wearing hair extensions and said I would never wear fakery. i had short hair(was trying to grow it) a sleeve tattoo and was getting a bit weighty, what a bad look that was! my friend said look let me just put these hair extensions in your hair see how you feel and look. The transformation was astonishing at the time, It made me look a lot thinner and more feminine. A lot people think they are pricey and are a lot of effort and time consuming but they don't have to be if you know what you're are doing. So, there are two types of hair extensions. Synthetic and human hair. DO NOT go for synthetic, you'll get one wear out of them and that is it. Human hair extensions have a percentage of synthetic in them, usually the cheaper they are the less human hair are in them and there is a way of telling how much is in them. The more synthetic hair in them the shinier they look and feel rough. It doesn't make them any worse but it doesn't mean they don't look as natural, but don't be mistaken a lot of cheaper hair extensions are amazing quality. They can range from 4 inches to 24 inches,maybe even more. Depending on the length of your hair depends on the length of the hair extensions you can put in, this is because you don't want the extensions to be too heavy on your hair and start to thin and pull it out. My hair was just below my ear and I wore 16 inch ones which came to bust length and this was ideal. I buy the Remy human hair extensions, full head from Ebay the blonde ones that I'm buying at the moment retail at £15 with postage. These are brilliant quality long lasting and are mainly human hair not synthetic. Every time I change my hair colour I buy new blonde extensions so now I have lots of different coloured ones.

      These take literally a couple of extra minutes on top of already doing your hair so there isn't any excuse and you can't say they take too long, full heads of hair contain eight pieces - 2 lengths with 3 clips, 1 length with 4 clips, 3 lengths with 2 clips and 2 lengths with 1 clips. Start by putting your hair in a bobble and have a small piece left out at the back, you then straighten your own hair and then first 3 clip length, once both straightened slid the clips one by one in to your hair and clip them shut. Keep layering your hair and straightening in putting in next the 3 piece, then the 4 piece. Then closer to the top of your hair put in the 2 clip pieces and then the 1 clip pieces in the sides of your hair close to your face. You simply clip these in as you're straightening your hair, this does take some practise so what I did one night is I sat there and kept putting them in finding the best arrangement for me and to make sure they were in properly, it's annoying seeing girls with their hair sticking up all over the place because they haven't put them in properly, it isn't a hard thing to do it just takes practice.

      Bleaching and dying hair extensions:
      Wear hair extensions and you're changing your hair colour? Extensions come in the basic colours of black medium-dark brown medium-white blonde and often one shade of red. If you are dying your hair red the chances are that the red hair extensions won't match your hair. When changing my hair colour I have tried bleaching my black hair extensions - it doesn't work. You need to buy a blonde set that you think your hair will match after you've bleached it. For example when I bleached mine from black it was a medium ginger/orange so I bought medium dirty blonde coloured hair extensions. You can dye hair extensions any colour you want to but they just don't bleach. To do this make sure you have a towel that you don't mind having dye all over and get the dye on your hands and run it through the extensions piece by piece and lay them on the towel to soak, after half an hour rinse and condition them like you would do your own hair and towel dry or hair dryer them to dry.

      Colour stripping and hair lightning:
      Trying to change your hair colour can be a nightmare, especially if you are bleaching it so here some tips which are basically pre bleaching. What a lot of people won't know and hair dressers are not allowed to tell you (because they want you to pay for them to do it) is that washing up liquid strips excess hair dye from your hair, including permanent dyes. The liquid brand isn't an issue you can be the cheapest,nastiest and it will work and that's all that matters, Instead of going to the hair dressers and paying £30+ for your hair to be stripped you can do it with household products you already have. To do this just treat the washing up liquid as if it was shampoo. repeat as many times as you want and this bring out a lot of the colour, I've recently dyed my hair red and I'm bored of it, I did this before starting this review and my hair was bright red, after doing this several times (until I couldn't be bothered to any more) my hair went a copper ginger colour, so quite a few shades lighter! You don't need to sit and let this soak in your hair, rinse it straight away and the colour comes right out. Do expect your hair to feel terrible so if you are finished this stage for the night shampoo and condition it to try and get some normal feeling back to it.

      Pre lightning or hair colour stripping is a common thing to do before bleaching your hair to change the colour. This means that the lighter your hair before bleaching, the lighter your hair will be after bleaching making your new hair colour more vibrant. More often than not my hair is completely black when I decide to switch to a bright colour, so if this all works for me with black it will work on everything. You can buy hair lightning kits from everywhere that stocks hair dyes. This is similar to a bleach but it isn't as strong,if you are just changing your hair from a dark colour such as black to red or brown I suggest that this is the only thing you need to do so skip the bleaching, your hair will be light enough to change colour now. These have everything you need in them from gloves, the peroxide to full instructions and you usually leave this on for an hour.

      Bleaching hair:
      If I had saved all the money I've spent on bleach I[d be rich, but not as rich as someone if they saved the money they wasted at the hair dressers. A lot of people don't know how to bleach hair or what brands are even bleach. So to start with most white blonde dyes in most brands are bleaching kits too. The best one yet which is the only one I will recommend here is the live platinum box dye. This retails at around £5 and one box will cover hair from root to tip at a length near the shoulders, so it goes really far. If you are bleaching make sure you go for the lightest blonde for the best effects. In this you get your conditioner, gloves, instructions, peroxide, blonde powder and the dye. Mix the powder and peroxide into the bottle of dye and shake, usually you're told to start with the roots but that is just too much hassle. Literally just squirt all over your hair and rub in with the gloves until everywhere is covered. done. Leave for however long you want recommended time is 40 minutes. If your hair is black, I used 3 boxes of this each for 40 minutes each one after another in one night, my roots were white, my hair was light orange at the top and a darker ginger at the bottom. if your hair is brown expect this to be the same but a lighter ginger and for lighter colours your hair should be more blonde than ginger, maybe a little bit yellow.

      Expect your hair to be dry and brittle, don't go out and buy expensive hair treatments and conditioners that "repair broken hair" I literally go out and buy the asda smart price conditioner for 24p a bottle, I lather my hair in this leave it until I've finished my bath or shower and then rinse it, after all the bleaching and dying due to doing this my hair is so soft it's as if it's never been done. Just because conditioners are more expensive does not mean they will work. If you are going to do this grab some cheapo conditioner lather it up and then put your usual one on after for a nice fragrance.

      Outrageously dying:
      There are many brands that do semi impermanent outrageous hair colours and the main ones are manic panic, directions and stargazer. The one that I would recommend the more is manic panic, their pots are really big, can pick up for about £8 on the internet and if you have some left you can put the lid on and save it, same for directions, the pots are a lot smaller but so is the price but the colour range isn't as impressive but the pots are just £3.99. With stargazer these are in bottles so if you don't' use it all you can't save it. To get the best from these colours you will need to bleach your hair unless you are already blonde/ginger. These don't' come with gloves,if I have none around I actually use my hand because although hair dye this does come off with hand wash and a bit of a scrub. Apply the same way as everything else, slap it on your hair and just rub it in making sure everywhere is covered. Leave for as long as you want because this doesn't irritate the scalp like bleach does, I leave mine on for about half an hour and this does the job great.

      When rinsing a lot of this dye will run but don't worry it's all just excess. The water will be the same colour for example hot pink, so when showering off over the bath the water is running down your face, look in the mirror you now have a pink face, no worries this comes off with hand wash, conditioner, shower gel, any of this and with a bit of a scrub. A lot when you shower and the water runs down you, you'll have streaks of what ever colour your hair is down you,I try to wash my hair separably after I've just re dyed it to stop this from happening. Also beware some times when laying on your boyfriends chest after just doing it if you haven't rinsed it properly, his chest will be the same colour! this has happened so many times to me it's funny. After a few nights you'll get this on your pillow case too but it washes straight out. Because these are semi permanent a way to make them last a lot longer is by dry shampooing your hair every few days rather than washing it normally, that way your hair isn't getting wet so it can't run.

      Creating new hair dye colours:
      Ever wondered how some people get their hair pastel colours or a shade you've never been able to find? here's how. In hair dyes such as manic panic and directions you can mix the colours together, just get an old bowl and put the dyes you want in and stir it around, beware you'll never be able to mix the same colour twice so make sure you make enough up at once. To get pastel hair dyes, put your desired colour into a bowl and slowly add conditioner to it and mix it around until the dye is a light enough colour. My hair is currently pastel blue and this is how I got this colour. You can go it with any shade, the conditioner makes it lighter.

      Always make sure:
      I hope this review has helped a lot of people get some knowledge and if there's anything else you wish to know just drop it in a message or comment and I'll add it in here. When doing any of these always make sure you have hair dying clothing/ I always do this in pj bottoms and a large oversized top, because I'm comfy in those and don't care about them being stained. Also make sure you have a towel, mums aren't best pleased when they find bit orange/red stains on black towels on bleaching hair.

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        20.02.2009 19:04
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        Twelve years of my wisdom, you lucky people...

        INTRODUCTION

        I have been a hair stylist for over twelve years, six of which I have been running my own hair salon. Everyday I come into contact with people who struggle to maintain their hair and I have to advise them and sometimes correct any DIY jobs that they have inflicted on their hair.

        Today I had a client that had bleached her own hair she was aiming for a white ice blonde look but ended with white roots, yellow mid length and red ends. She had had the common mistake of applying the colour to here root area first and then taking it through to the ends, therefore resulting on the miss matched colour.

        So with this it gave me the idea to review any hair problems that people come into contact with on a daily basis, I am going to share my wisdom with all of you and hopefully you may learn a thing or two and improve you hair at the same time.

        COLOURING YOUR OWN HAIR DARK

        Firstly I would not recommend this try to pay a professional to do it, I have to say that as I will soon go out of business if I told everyone that they can do their own if they did it correctly.

        If you are dark in colour this really very easy to do, just apply it according to the instructions on the colour box. You can't really go wrong with a dark colour as this only contains small amount of peroxide as it is only deposited into the hair, the peroxide opens up the hairs cuticle and deposits the colour. Once you have removed the colour the cuticle then closes and leaves your hair nice and healthy with a stunning shine.

        Colour selection is vital when you choose to go dark, as some of the shop bought colours can go really dark almost black in fact, once it has been coloured the only way to remove of lighten the colour is to bleach or strip it therefore resulting in damaged hair, so you must be careful when choosing the right colour for you.

        When you go dark you can struggle to remove all of the colour from your scalp and hairline, I have lost count of how many people I have see walking around with a dark scalp and hair line where they have not removed the colour correctly and it has stained their head.

        To avoid this remember tint removes tint, when you are removing the colour just gently rub some colour from the top of you head into the areas where the colour has stuck and it will lift off when you rinse your hair, if you fail to do this you can apply Vaseline before applying the colour and this will lift it straight off.

        LIGHTENING HAIR WITH COLOUR

        This is the main one that everyone seems to mess up, purely because they like what the colour looks like on the box and just slap it on before considering some of the major factors like, what they have on their hair already and if their hair is in good enough condition to lighten it.

        Applying a blonde colour is very different to applying a dark one, as it contains high amounts of peroxide so it will lift the existing hair colour. I have to stress that any blonde hair colour will only lift 3-4 shades lighter than your hair was before applying it.

        I feel that hair colour manufacturers mislead buyers as they show stunning colour on the box, which makes the buyer think that they can have the same colour. In my opinion if you go dark then yes you can have any colour you want but going dark to blond can be a very different story.

        So the rule to remember is that you will only go 3-4 shades lighter, with a shop bought colour.

        BLEACHING HAIR.

        This is the bug bear of my life, I feel that bleach should be left to the professionals as it is a very strong chemical that should not be used with out having the knowledge as it can severely damage your hair and scalp.

        The first mistake people make is applying it to the roots and then the mid length and ends, this is wrong as you will get colour banding of red, yellow and blonde tones through out your hair.

        To apply this correctly apply it to your ends and wait until it goes yellow in colour, then apply it to the mid length and when the two colours match in the length and ends apply it to the scalp. If you follow this advice you will get a nice even colour.

        Bleach always takes a lot quicker at the root area as this is new hair that has never been coloured and the heat from your scalp also quickens up the process. So you must start from the ends and work up.

        Bleaching hair works in four stages, first it will go red, then yellow, then blonde and then white. As a hairdresser it is advised that colour is removed as it hits the blonde / white stage, if it is not removed you will damage the cuticle and your hair will then become stretchy, chewy and may even result in breaking off at the roots.

        Even if your hair is still red in the middle parts, but the roots are blonde you must remove it as it will snap from the roots as bleach is a product that never stops working. If you have to remove the colour and it is still patchy you can correct this by applying the bleach to the darker areas once again.

        I know I have just made this sound very easy but it is in theory, but in practice it can be very hard and it can ruin your hair completely.

        HAIR CUT MYTHS

        Many people believe that if they don't cut there hair it will grow quicker, this is nonsense as your hair will dry, damaged and spilt.

        The split ends will snap the hair and eventually work their way up the hairs length, if your split ends are snapping how can it possibly grow.

        It is a proven fact that if you have a trim every 2-4 months your hair will grow, it will not have spilt ends and it will be completely healthy.

        GENERAL HAIR CARE

        Many people wash their hair everyday, this is a really bad thing to do as it strips out all its natural oils and results in dry, dull and life less hair. If you can get away with only washing it 2-3 times a week you will notice a vast improvement with a few weeks. If your hair is greasy try a dry shampoo this works wonders, you will only need to put up with awful greasy hair for a few weeks until your hair get used to you only washing it a few times a week.

        If you have blonde hair it can go very dull and dirty looking and sometimes contains a yellow tinge, many go to the hairdressers and get it re coloured to brighten up the colour long before it actually needs doing. If your roots are fine but it just looks dirty put tomato ketchup on to your wet hair and leave in ten minutes before washing it out. I know it sounds crazy but the red dye in the ketchup will eliminate any yellow tones and pull out any dirty tinges, your hair colour will then look refreshed and clean without the need to visit the salon.

        For dry, brittle hair I recommend putting an over night conditioner on you hair and rinse it out in the morning, if you have very dry hair then mayonnaise works very well. By placing mayo onto dry hair it will add moisture leaving it nice and shiny. I would only recommend this it your hair is dry to the point of snapping off.

        BALDING THINNING HAIR.

        Sorry folks this is down to old age so there is not a thing you can do about it, just go bald gracefully.

        On a serious note there are medications on the market that actually work and stimulate hair growth, making hair a lot thicker and fuller looking. These medications are expensive but you have to take them all of the time, as soon as you stop taking them your hair will just fall out again.

        I hope this has helped you and if there is any other advise I can give you at all please comment and I will reply with the best of my ability.:O)

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          20.06.2007 15:06
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          Perfect hair all day long

          Over the years of having perms and colours put on my hair i have had a lot of advice given to me by various hairdressers, so i thought i would share my advice with you on keeping your hair in top shape.

          Hair-do's...and dont's

          Great money tip
          Doubling shampoo...
          Commercial shampoo can be diluted with water to half strength without altering it's ability to clean hair.

          Dry shampoo...
          Baby powder sprinkled on your hair is an excellent emergency hair freshner and especially if you want to get rid of greasy hair.

          Versatile shampoo...
          If your family members all seem to have differnet hair types requiring differnt shampoos, try using baby shampoo, which is equally effective on dry, oily and normal hair.

          For beautyful highlights...
          Add the juice of a lemon to a quart of water and apply to hair when rinsing. This will bring out the highlights in blonde hair. Brunettes can add a few tablespoons of cider vinegar to the rince water for extra -shiny hair.

          Get setting...
          Fill a spray bottle with flat beer, to use a setting lotion. club soda works too.
          Homemade setting lotion: mix 1 teaspoon unflavoured gelatin into 2 cups of boiling water. Let it cool and then pour into spray bottle.

          ***Now here are some natural homemade treatments****

          Home protein treatment...

          Save on costly salon treatments. Blend 1 tbs. Lemon juice and 3 whole whipped eggs in the blender. Apply to clean damp hair and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Rince with cool water. This treatment aid damaged ends and leaves hair shining.

          Homemade conditioner...
          Take 2 beaten egg yolks and add a teaspoon of gin or vodka, hic! (don't drink it) After you've washed your hair, towel dry and massage the mixture into your scalp. Leave it for 5 mins and then rinse.

          Hot oil treatment...
          Don't waste your money on hot oil treatments, baby oil works as just as well, apply warm oil to scalp and hair roots and massage gently, cover with warm towel, fresh from the dryer. Wait 15mins before shampooing.
          ** Mayonnaise could also condition hair. Apply in the same manner as oil.


          Oily hair..
          Add 2 tbs. Epsom salts to your shampoo bottle and shake till dissolved. When shampooing, rub mainly into the roots and scalp to treat the most oily area. Use every other time you shampoo.

          Dandruff shampoo...

          You are going to scream at this simple recipe for the awful snowflakes.
          Crush an asprin tablet until powdered, and add to your normal shampoo. Shake well until powder is dissolved. Evidently, the acetylsalicylic (hope i spelt that right) acid in aspirin is the same ingredient used in many commercial dandruff remedies.

          And that is it i am afraid i wish i had more to share, but if i do have more advise i will certainly let you know, i have some face treatment advise so watch this space. :)

          Clair x

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          I have had dreadlocks for three months now and I just wanted to share some tips with people who have dreads or people who are thinking about getting dreads. There is a mixture you can make to really help your dreads tighten up if you are having problems with loose hair. Mix 2-3 cups of hot water with 2-3 tablespoons of sea salt and with juice from one whole lemon, and stir it all together until the salt is dissolved. If the salt won't dissolve completely then just add a little more water. After the salt is dissolved, pour the mixture into a spray bottle. After you wash your dreads (with residue-free soap or shampoo) just spray the mixture all over your hair and let air dry or use a blow dryer to dry your hair. If you live in a dry climate I wouldn't recommend doing this because it does tend to dry your hair out. I live on the beach so it is quite humid here, and this mixture works well on my dreads. Also, try to avoid spraying too much on your scalp because the lemon juice tends to sting a little, but not too bad. You can even try adding more ingredients to the mixture like rosemary or tea tree oil. Now how about those loose tips that just don't want to dread. I have found that floss threaders work great for getting round tips. Just take the threader and stick it through your dread close to the tip, then use the loop part of the threader to pull the loose hairs into the dread. You can even add a little dread wax when your done to keep the loose hair from slipping back out. This method can also be used on loose hairs anywhere, not just at the tips of the dreads. A good friend of mine told me a good way to tighten my roots and it works great. This method works best after you spray your hair with the salt mixture. Place your hand at the base of the dread and hold the dread between your index finger and middle finger. Then rub your scalp in a clockwise motion for a few minutes. This gets all those
          loose hairs tangled together. Afterwards you can add some dread wax to keep the newly knotted hair together. I would also like to add something for those of you who are thinking about getting dreads, but aren't too sure about it yet. Dreads are only a dirty hairstyle if you don't wash your hair. You can still wash your hair if you have dreads. It is recommended that you don't wash your hair for the first 7-10 days after starting dreads, because they can be very delicate at first. After the initial 7-10 days, you can wash your hair as often as you feel is necessary, but it is recommended that you wash every 2-3 days. Some people like to go a little longer between washes, which is fine. Just follow the simple rule of, "if it itches, wash it." Also, you should only wash your hair with residue-free shampoo or bar soap. If you use a shampoo or soap that leaves residue behind it can cause a buildup in your hair and on your scalp. When this happens, your scalp itches, and your dreads will not dry properly after getting wet. If your dreads do not dry properly then you risk the chance of mold growing in your hair which of course is not a good thing. So only wash with residue-free shampoo and NEVER use any conditioners. One more little detail while I'm thinking about it. When your hair is dreaded, your scalp does not produce as much oil as it usually does so your hair does not get as dirty as fast as it did when your hair wasn't dreaded. I hope this was able to help out at least one person. Peace, Love & Dreads!

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            Beauty is God gifted... Of course it is...we all know... But who says we can?t take care of it... Every woman in this world is beautiful... After all beauty is for women and women for looking beautiful... So here are some home remedies to maintain your beauty... Hair For a healthy looking hair, try adding Almond oil with coconut oil and apply it 20 minutes before you take a hair bath, it would help your hair follicles healthy and your hair shinny. For Grey Hair- To avoid the increasing Grey hair, eating 1/2 tsp of fresh grated ginger along with 1/2 tsp of Honey every morning, will reduce the growth of Grey hairs. To reduce Hair Loss- Heat 3 tsp of coconut oil and combine with 3 tsp of olive oil and 3 tsp of almond oil and mix them together and apply them to your scalp and leave it for about 20 minutes and then have Hair wash Then also take a wet the towel in hot water and wrap it around your scalp and that will help to increase blood circulation. Do it every week. Wash your hair twice a week, with any herbal shampoo, and then also eat a very balanced meal, try to have a multi Vitamin tablet every day, you will get it in all pharmacies. Eyes- For Your Eyes- Once a week use rose water for both your eyes, it would help to refresh your eyes. Take slices of cucumber and place it on your eyes and rest for a while may be 10 minutes would help to reduce the stress and relax your eyes. Try using the potato (shredded) to place it around the eyes would help reduce black circles. Good care for eyes- You can try to keep Ice water in your hands and open your eyes for about 3 minutes in each eye, Try doing that using Rose water this will reduce the redness. Take a hot towel and pat around your eyes for about 3 minutes this will help reduce the fluffiness. Take a slice of cucumber and keep it on your eyes for about 3 minutes that will help to reduce the stress in
            your eyes. For dark circles around your eyes: If the potatoes and cucumber didn?t help, try using Almond paste - soak two almonds in water for about 2 - hours and then grind them with milk well and apply them around your eyes do it three times a week to get the best results. Do it at least a month before you can see any results. Also sleep well and apply 1 tsp of olive oil every night just before you sleep, this will help if done regularly. Skin Facial hair - Removing facial hair would increase the growth of your facial hair Facial hair can be removed through waxing. Removing hair would increase the growth of hair; we have a herbal way of hair removal. Heat 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar and mix it till the solution becomes caramelized. Remove it from the heat and apply it over the area where the hair has to be removed. And apply it towards the growth of hair with a clean cloth. And remove the cloth against the growth of hair. The hair will tend to grow back in weeks. Natural moisturizer: The best moisturize would be olive oil, you can take 3-4tsp of olive oil in the end of your fingers middle three, and massage your face in circles for about 5-6 minutes every night, and then wash your face with cold water. Do it every night all winter long will help your skin feeling fresh and moist. For cute cheeks: On a clean face, Apply 4 tsp olive oil with 1/4 tsp of sugar mix them well and start to massage them around on your face, and then wash your face with cold water. Doing them every night for a month would help. and also eat small cut pieces of fresh tomato they will help improve your cheeks. Olive Oil for skin- Olive oil is great for skin, applying olive oil would increase your skin texture and the complexion, but using too much would make skin become too oily. And also do not expose too much in sun after applying olive oil. So it is better to use th
            em du ring night. Herbal skin care- Using a moisturizer would make your skin oilier. Apply Green gram pulse powder would improve complexion of your skin and help maintain the oil content, where as the besan flour would decrease the oil content too much and also would blacken skin. Apply sunscreen lotion only when you go out. To reduce pimples- Try to wash your face with cold water 5 times every day and also Use Besan flour along with Lemon juice along with turmeric powder (1/4 tsp) and mix them and keep them aside. Take some cream (you prefer) and massage your face for about 20 minutes and heat some water and expose your face to the steam for about 12 minutes and clean the dirt with cotton, then add the above mixture and leave it till it becomes dry then wash your face. To reduce black marks on face- For the black marks on your cheeks, you try to apply Lemon juice (fresh), every day and that will help reduce the black marks. Also try potato shredded, apply that all over your face that will help to reduce the black marks try to contact a dermatologist and find the suitable cleanser for your face. Well this is it for time being... Before using any of these check for any allergic reaction Have luck with these tips... And until next time keep looking beautiful...

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              What your about to read is recipes from my journal that I have kept a secret and believe me they really do work. *****HAIR EGG CONDITIONER RECIPE****** 1. teaspoon of baby oil 1. egg yolk 1. cup of water Beat the egg yolk until its frothy, add the oil then beat again. Add to the water. Massage into your scalp and throughout you hair. Rinse well. *****HAIR CONDITIONER RECIPE***** Combine mashed avocado with some coconut milk. Comb it through your hair and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse well. *****REMOVE HAIR BUILD-UP RECIPE***** ¼ cup of vinegar 1 cup of water After conditioning the hair use this as a final rinse. Leaves your hair soft and shiny. *****HAIR CONDITIONER RECIPE***** Mayonnaise is a great conditioner for dry hair. Depending on the length of your hair. Apply ½ cup of mayonnaise to your dry hair. Massage into hair for a couple of minutes. Cover hair with a plastic bag. Leave for 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Shampoo as usual. *****SHAMPOO RECIPE***** Using a blender, combine 1 ounce of olive oil, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and ½ teaspoon of apple cider vinegar. Use as a regular shampoo. Happy Hair washing.

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                I have had various hairstyles over the years. As a youngster, my mum insisted on me having very short, cropped hair. I used to hate this because I thought that I looked like a boy. As soon as I was old enough to make these kind of decisions for myself, it was pay back time and as an act of rebellion (well, sort of) I decided to grow my hair - as long as I possibly could! It ended up being about bum-level and as much as I loved my long hair, it was painful because it got very tangled near the ends. Stubbornness made me put up with it for quite a few years though!

                As I got older, my hair gradually got shorter and shorter until I settled on a chin length bob. I grew it long and then had it all cut off again. I have never been entirely satisfied...until now that is.

                My natural hair colour is brown - flat, dark, plain, boring brown. (Sorry. No offence meant to any brunettes that are reading!) Accompanied by brown eyes, some people might consider this as 'dark and sultry' but I just felt so drab and after 22 years of it, I was completely fed up. Then I made an amazing discovery....hair dye!!

                People have been colouring their hair for years (I was obviousley a bit slow on the uptake!). Women of Arab descent have been using henna as a dye for centuries and in Ancient Greece, harsh soaps and bleaches were used to lighten and redden hair to a colour that was identified with honour and courage. On the other hand, first-century Romans preferred dark hair and used a concoction of boiled walnuts and leeks to produce a dye. In more recent times, women in America tried to achieve blonde tresses (unsuccessfully I might add!) by applying high alkaline soap to the hair. They would then sit in the sun for hours to create a bleaching effect. The consequence of this was most often dry, bad coloured hair.

                It wasnt until 1907 that a French chemist named Eugene Schueller began manufacturing hair dye in his Paris flat. He developed an innovative hair colouring formula and went on to start his own company called LOreal, which I am sure you are all familiar with. 'Because you're worth it....' ring any bells?
                The well known company Clairol was to be established a few years later - 1939 - when an American chemist named Lawrence Gelb created the first home purchased hair dye.

                In the 1950s, not many people coloured their hair. When they did, it was mainly a desperate act to cover grey, hoping that no one would know they had done it! With the arrival of Technicolor movies, women were soon wanting the hair colours that they were seeing on screen and hair dyeing became commonly accepted.

                Today, colouring your hair is almost seen as a new form of fashion accessory. With all the different colours and tones available (black, brown, red to the more diverse such as blue, green and even pink!!), dramatic effects can be achieved. Hair with attitude can be created!

                People change their hair colour for many different reasons, the obvious being to cover grey (with the possible added bonus of looking younger!). For me, it was a solution to being bored with what nature intended me to look like. Sometimes it is basically down to personal preference. People love change and yearn to look different. Others simply like the attention it brings. More and more men are also choosing to dye their hair too, not just women.

                When it comes to colouring your hair, there are a few choices to be made. Once you have decided on the colour (which is a huge decision in itself), you need to consider how committed and confident you are about the change....should you go permanent or semi-permanent?

                Semi-permanent dyes contain tiny molecules that enter into the hairs cuticle but are not designed to lock into the hair shaft, therefore washing out gradually during every shampoo. They can last approximately a month, depending on how often you wash your hair.

                Permanent dyes actually open up the hair shaft by using chemicals. Permanents contain Hydrogen Peroxide (which initiates the colour forming process and creates longer lasting colour) and Ammonia (which acts as a catalyst when the dye comes into contact with the peroxide). The dye molecules are small so that they penetrate the hair. They then react and expand, bonding to your hair. This means that they do not wash out every time you shampoo.

                There are advantages and disadvantages to both kinds of dye. Although semi-permanents wash out fairly quickly (which can be seen as quite a good factor) they tend to be available in a wider range of colours. Permanent dyes have more of a natural looking colour but obviousley grow out with your hair, causing 'roots' to appear. Not such a natural look!

                The decision is yours!!

                Next, do you do-it-yourself or go to a salon for professional job?
                Getting a home colouring kit is undeniably cheaper but visiting a stylist ensures (or should!) that nothing will go wrong. You also have the added bonus of being pampered and can even have your hair cut/restyled in the same visit.

                If you want highlights or lowlights, which are streaks of colour, it is advisable not to attempt this yourself. Kits are now available in the shops but you cant be certain of it turning out how it would in a salon. For an all over colour, it basically depends how confident you are. Technology has greatly improved home hair colouring products so you shouldnt worry - it is perfectly safe to do it at home. It can be a bit daunting though, especially if you have never done it before.

                When endeavouring to dye your own hair, there are a few simple precautions.......
                * Be sure to do a patch test for allergic reactions before fully applying the dye.
                * Carefully follow the instructions on the pack.
                * Wear gloves when applying the dye as prolonged contact may burn your hands and inevitably stain them.
                * Dont leave the dye on any longer than necessary.
                * Rinse your scalp thoroughly with water after use.

                A few tips for people who have coloured their hair......
                * Condition regularly and maybe even leave the conditioner on longer than you would normally.
                * Try not to brush your hair when it is wet as it will have been weakened to a certain extent - use a wide tooth comb to get tangles out instead.
                * For the same reason, avoid overdrying your hair with a hairdryer as prolonged contact with the heat can make hair even more brittle.

                I personally decided to have my hair colour applied by a professional. This was partly due to the fact that I wanted highlights in not one but two colours - just to be awkward!!

                Although it cost £35 (which also included a cut) I can honestly say that it is the best thing that I have done in a long time. What a transformation! I picked a blonde and a red to run through my hair, with my natural brown also showing through. It adds so much texture and has given my hair a lift. My face seems so much brighter now. Everybody I know has complimented me and likes my new look. It is also surprising what a difference it makes to the colour of clothing that you can wear too. I could never really wear powder pink because it made me look really pale and pasty. Now, because of the blonde in my hair, pink looks great on me.
                I can thoroughly recommend colouring hair to anyone - it has brought back a bit of colour to millions of men and women all over the world! It makes such a difference to your appearance and your brand new image can almost make you feel like a new person.

                Go on .... you know you're worth it!!

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                  Long hair is hard to look after and to keep presentable. Here's a few thoughts that might help. You are what you eat - a good diet will give you good hair, and the best thing to do is have some oily fish - mackrel and the like. Fish oils are great for hair. You need proteins in your diet, and a good range of them so eat as widely as you can, and get plenty of fresh fruit for the vitamins. healthy hair is a sign of a healthy body, and if you don't look after your whol;e system you are never going to have good hair unless you are prepaired to put in a lot of time and effort. Beware water - never brush your hair when its wet as you can damage it. Avoid going out in the sun with wet hair as it will end up really dry. Don't wash your hair every day - the natural oils produced by your scalp are good for your hair and you don't want to wash them all away. Beware sun - sun can not only bleach your hair, but will also dry it out. A sun bleach will be uneven (only the top of your head normally) and so looks silly. Avoid hairdriers - you can singe your hair if the drier is too hot, and they seem to increase the frequency of split ends. Avoid very cold conditions - sudden temperature changes always bring on split ends in my hair. I've found that keeping your hair warm seems to help, so if it is very cold I wrap my hair up close to my head and stick a hat on it. Don't back comb your hair, its a swine to undo and it really doesn't do the hair any good at all. The more you use curlers/straighteners, dyes, bleaches and styling products, the more TLC your hair is going to need. The less you do, the better in many ways. if you are into styling your hair, try to give it a few 'days off' now and then to recover. Don't keep tying your hair back tightly - it damages the roots, can giveyou scalp ache and in extreme cases can encourage the hairline to receed! With hair c
                  are, less is oftenmore, although the people whow ant to sell you expensive beauty products are always going to try and tell you otherwise.

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                    For my sins, I have curly hair. Not the tight, loo brush type of curls, more the Shirley Temple type, for those of you old enough to remember her! It comes pretty straight out of the top of my head but that's where the fun starts, as it turns into ringlets. Great, if you are Violet Elizabeth Bott, not when you are me! Two of my three daughters have inherited this hair type, much to their chagrin. It is not uncommon to hear wailing coming from the bathroom- " I hate you Mum, this poxy hair is all your fault!" So, I thought I would share my experiences of how to deal with unruly,curly hair. My first advice would be to think how you want to play it. Do you want to have chic hair and attempt to keep it straight and sleek against all odds, or have you given up and just want to make the best of what you have? Believe me, I have tried everything! In the 70's I had a page boy cut whilst I was at school. They were all the rage at the time. It was a big mistake. It would hold the style for a couple of hours and then it would start curling outwards at random. I then had it layered. That was an even bigger mistake, it just curled up all over and I just looked like Curly Locks from the nursery rhyme! So what can you do? My neighbour who is a hairdresser informed me that curly hair is weak hair. That surprised me, as I had always believed the opposite to be true. So, the first thing to do is to take good care of your hair. Always use a decent shampoo and separate conditioner. My elder daughter and I use a special Umberto Giannini shampoo and conditioner for curly hair, which we find really good. It isn't imperative to use a specialist shampoo, but it is pretty essential to use a decent one for dry hair. Another tip is to have a root perm so that at leat your hair is evenly curly across your head. Curly hair has a tendency to be frizzy. Mine can frizz for England if I am not very careful. It is ve
                    ry important to get rid of your hairbrushbrush. Use a wide tooth comb and comb the conditioner through your hair. It is best to leave it on as long as possible. I always leap into the shower and do my hair first, so that the conditioner can sit there whilst I finish off the rest of my ablutions. I never rinse it off in less than five minutes. It is also helpful to give it a blast of cold water when you have finished . Once a week give your hair a special treatment such as Henna wax. I tend to save this for bath night- Lush bath, bath spa switched on, wine, candles, head wrapped in clingfilm, lovely! It is important to indulge yourself sometimes! Seriously though, the Henna treatment makes a big difference to the manageability of your hair. The next important step is to discuss the cut with your hairdresser. Always go for the best you can afford. You really do get what you pay for in this business! If you keep your hair short and layered, you can almost forget getting it sleek unless you are prepared to spend hours with straightening gel and the hairdryer! A couple of years ago I got totally fed up with fighting my unruly mop and decided to go with the flow. Consequently it is quite long (past my shoulders) but has layers in so it curls up on its own. It has a certain amount of versatility as if I want it to be more sophisticated I can put it up or plait it. My middle daughter, hanbag, (lucky girl has straight hair!) can do amazing things with my hair. If I have anything important to go to she French plaits it and gets it quite well under control. I struggle to do it on my own these days as I cannot have my arms in the air for very long due to a heart condition. It makes me pass out and is such a nuisance ! My elder daughter does my roots for me but I wouldn't let her put it up as she is extremely vicious with a brush!! I will probably end up looking scruffy now that my personal plaiter is leaving home! I can put it up b
                    asically but that's all these days! If you have decided that against all the odds you want chic, smooth hair, this is what you ha ve to do. I just hope you have more time and patience than I do in the mornings! The first tip is grow out any layers. If it is all one length you will have far more success. After you have washed your hair and thoroughly conditioned it, arm yourself with a good styling product. There are loads on the market these days, mousses, gels, waxes etc. Work the product through your towel tried hair. Oh, remember not to rub your hair dry as this ruffles the cuticle and will make it frizzy. Then, take a cylindrical brush. Divide your hair into sections. Starting with the underneath, and setting the dryer on low, wind your hair under the brush and gently dry it. Hold the brush still for a few seconds before releasing it. If your hairdryer has a coolshot button it would be a good idea to use it to help set your hair in the chosen style. Gradually work your way round until you have completed the whole head. When you are happy with the finished result complete your hairstyle with some finishing wax or hair spray. I hope for your sake it doesn't rain, or, if you are anything like me, you will back to square one with the ringlets! Perhaps you don't have the time or inclination to do battle with nature? That is the point that I have reached now. In that case you need a hairdryer with a deep bowl diffuser. They have finger like protruberances which pick up your hair. Use a good mousse after washing it and then when it is not dripping wet tip your head upside down. Work from the back and scrunch up handfuls of hair into the diffuser. This will encourage the natural curl and avoid frizziness. Remember though, that you must never use a brush or over dry the hair or it will frizz. Work your way round the underneath of your hair and when it is almost dry flick your head back up. Do the same thing
                    with the remainder of the sides and the top. When using a diffuser you must use a low heat setting, by the way. When drying the top it is quite help ful to really use your fingers to scrunch it tightly as it will encourage volume. You don't want a flat top and curvaceous bottom! When you have finished run your fingers gently through the hair to separate the curls.It will help to keep it under control if you warmsome wax in your hands and run it through, lifting the sides as you go. If you really want to keep the style tip your head over and give it a good dollop of hair spray! Remember never to use a brush on it even when dry, or you will undo all your hard work! I tend to use my fingers for preference, just to keep it tidy, or a very wide toothed comb, but mine is very unruly and there is a lot of it! So there you have it, you have the choice of straightening your hair, accepting what it is and working with it, or if all else fails you can put it up. This is particularly handy the day after wash day when your hair has gone every which way again! There are amazing accessories which you can buy to dress your hair up, or down, whichever is your choice. We tend to use Claire's accessories as they are cheap and have a colossal selection. Having curly hair can be a real pain, but in this day and age there are so many excellent products to help you, it does not have to be an un-surmountable problem. Good luck!

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                      Hair conditioners are not my particular forte, yet I feel Henna Intensive Deep Conditioning worthy, as it seems a fairly unknown product. This product is NOT a tint or colour. Henna Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment Wax comes in a white plastic tub, 13cms tall with a diameter of 8 cms. It has a deep red/brown rectangle naming the product with rough illustration of the Henna plant and besides it has 'treatment wax' written from bottom to top. This product is made by Beauty Formulas of Tower House, Kirk Lane, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7LX. 8 years ago I lived in Yeadon, a lovely town, high up, and next to Leeds/Bradford Airport. This is where I first used this product, as it was widely available there, now I find 'Savers' chemist group stocks the product. Value and results are the reasons to use this product, at 99p for a 480g tub. The result is apparent after one application where my hair looks vibrant and shiny, with its mousy colour sparkling like the metallic paint of a shiny new car. On opening this product the pleasant whitey pink gel/wax looks the business and it gives off a vapour remanisant of the nicest hair salons. My hair is 80-100cms long and thick yet staightish, I use a couple of scoops on my fingertips and find the product does make my hair feel better let alone look shinier. On the tub the directions for use tell you: enough for 10 applications, 1. Shampoo hair and towel dry. 2. Apply TREATMENT WAX with fingers and massage into hair and scalp. 3. Wrap hair in a warm damp towel for 5-10 mins (do not use dry heat) leave on for longer for badly damaged hair. 4. Rinse hair thoroughly. It also tells you pure henna comes from its leaf ground to a powder and is an excellent ingredient for hair conditioning as it provides nourishment for your hair. I use mostly organic products yet unfortunately this one does contain some chemicals although n
                      ot as many as say the fructose or the like, that is its major downfall for me apart from its availability.

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                        Good work guys!! - Advantages: Promising, No side effects, Saftey - Disadvantages: Cant find any

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                        The Lasercomb!! Can't recommend this enough for all your hair care & hair loss or baldness need's and issues. This is the world's first a hand held Lasercomb plug in electrical device which re-energizes your hair making it grow, become thicker, healthier and more managable, not to mention its lifelong low cost effectivness and also voted best invention of the Year by TIME magazine. see www.versacchi-ireland.com and judge for yourself.This amazing invention comes with a full 3 month money back guarantee. Is that confidence or what?

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                          I can't believe long hair is not "popular" with men any more! It seems everyone nowadays wants a skinhead - I live in Liverpool and well I think 99.9999999% of men have skinheads here now:( Okay so skinheads are low-maintenance and maybe give you a kind of "hard masculine" look but la-de-da what does that matter?!? Long hair is fun, you can mess aroudn with it, have loadsa different styles, it makes you more noticeable due to the lack of conformity with those around you and well i like having it hang around my eyes etc! So many males I know have said they have tried or thought about growing their hair but then can never be bothered after a while, and always give in and get it cut. Hmph that's no excuse - it doesn't matter what kind of hair you have - innovate! It's so boring to see everyone going round with boring baldiness! I started growing mine hmm probably about 5 years ago now - the best way to start is simply not to go to the barber's - i didn't for almost exactly a year. Then I got an undercut so that it grew straight and neat-ish. It was then about 18 months until my next cut - by this time I had really long hair (what I called "metal" hair as that was what I was into muscially at the time) If i wore it out it was cool, but I could also tie it back in a long ponytail to get it out the way - the best of both worlds! I got a trim, well a big trim last year in March, which made it look kinda "stylishly mid-length" (think Gavin Rossdale from Bush, as my mates did!) Since then, I grew it again and got a major trim in January but now it's back and nicely hanging round my ears and I feel so much happier now - I swear I'll never get a short cut again! even those who used to criticise me (the "hippy" comments etc. zzz) say it's much better longer now so ner there's proof! It's also not much hassle as long as you don't
                          make a fuss over it. I just wash it as normal and at this length it hangs out of the way behind my ears but also spills forward a bit in front of my eyes but doesn't interfere with vision and therefore doesn't annoy and in fact I find it a comfort! It also means plenty of options in terms of style - do I just leave it as "normal"? Grow it to tie it back again? Get dreads? Dye it? Long hair rules, and can be really expressive - even those who don't have it know they want it - so give in and enjoy!

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                            If you want to be trendy, cool, different, sexy, ourageous, attractive all at once the Mullet is the cut you need. The mullet is a classic cut with short on the top and long in the back. There many names for the cut, I guess that Mullet is the most widely used one. But names such as ape drape, schlong, soccer rocker etc. etc. The mullet is popular in almsot every country of the world and I am glad it is so as my heart starts beating faster and I giggle with joy each time I see one of those cuts walking around the street. A classic one was the "german baby mullet" that I was so lucky to experience a couple of years ago on a holiday. A 3 year old with a number 3 on the top of his head and then a long drape of blonde baby hair down his neck, this wonderful hair cut was accompagnied by a tasteful gold ear ring in his left ear. Mullets are also very popular amongst Mexicans and Swedes, but generally popular in most places and I can see why. They look good, they keep your neck from getting sun burnt, you don't get hairs in your eyes, you can cut them yourself as all you need is a trimmer and you just trim the top ... the reasons for having or getting a mullet are many. I am sure that you guys are already sitting there thinking of great advantages of getting one. I am always open to critics and I would like to hear from both people who agrees that the mullet is the best cut and from people who disagrees. It would also be interesting in getting a comment in case you have a mullet or if this review have made anyone wanting to get one. That would be wonderful if my review could just influence one of you in the right fashion direction.

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                              Like must people i suffer from split ends, I have tryed a number of things to stop them,but untill recently i had no success. My hairdresser had told me to put conditioner on my hair before i went to bed and rinse it off in the morning. so i tryed it. It was amasing my hair had not looked as good in years, although it didn't get rid off my split ends it help prevent any more damage to my hair. Then i had to find a way to lose all of my split end with out having to cut all of my hair off. I now get one inch sections of my hair, twist it round and round untill it is tight, then i run my index finger and thumb up the twisted peice of hair. This allows all of the split ends to hang out of the twisted hair, i then snip away at the split ends hanging lose. This may take you a hour or so to do but in the long run it is better to do it, you can even do it in front of the television. I can garentee you that it works as long as you have the patiance to do it.

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