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Tips and Products for Thicker, Fuller Hair:


So you have fine hair and feel so frustrated you’re ready to pull it out? I know the feeling. Although hair for hair, I have as many as almost anyone, my texture is almost baby fine. However, what works for fine hair usually works for thin hair, and vice versa. Over the years I’ve managed to texturize and plump up my hair with a great deal of research, expense, and trial and error, so let me save you some trouble:

Let’s start with the basics. The first thing you must remember is to prevent damage at all costs, and fine hair is easily damaged and extremely porous. One trick to thicker hair is to help it regenerate faster than it is broken or frazzled with split ends.

** Never bunch up or scrub your hair with a towel to dry. This is extremely damaging. Just blot and scrunch your hair gently with a towel. Most importantly, never brush wet hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to smooth it as gently as possible without any pulling or tugging. If you have tangles that require you to pull your hair as you comb, you may need to alter your shampooing methods or experiment with different conditioners. It may also help to comb conditioner through your hair with a wide-toothed comb before you rinse it out.

** Use a deep conditioner (or a home-made soak such as coconut oil, hemp seed oil or heated olive oil) at least once a week whenever possible.

** Do not try to style hair that is wet, because that is when your hair is most elastic and prone to breakage. It’s a waste of time as well, because hair can’t hold a style until it is just barely damp. Don’t style by pulling and stretching your hair; always be as gentle as possible.

With that knowledge absorbed, you’ve already made a big step. But it’s not enough. Fine hair demands more to look good, and that’s where the products come in. Additionally, you may want to consider a permanent or hair color to add volume and texture, but never both! Fine hair is too easily damaged and you’ll wind up with brittle, frizzy, hay-like hair. Get your hair in good condition, have the ends trimmed every couple of months (or as needed), and then you can perm or color. If you opt for a perm, remember that it takes up some hair length as it adds volume, so you may want to let your hair grow a bit longer first.

List of Products I highly recommend:

** Fat Hair Shampoo (available at Walgreens)

** Jason Natural Thin-To-Thick Shampoo (MotherNature.com)

** Aussie Real Volume Shanpoo

** Sunsilk Anti-Flat Shampoo

** Jason Natural Thin-To-Thick Hair Care Conditioner

** Herbal Essences Body Envy Volumizing Conditioner

** Samy Volumizing Mousse

** TRESemme Big Boost Root Lift Spray

** Aussie Aussome Volume Texturizing Gel

** Aussie Aussome Volume Styling Mousse (for fine and frizzy hair. Helps to tame and adds shine)

Additionally, take care of your hair from the inside out by getting all your vitamins and minerals to make it stronger and promote growth.

One trick I’ve found and stuck with is to soak my hair in warm coconut oil. Apply to dry hair, let sit about 15-20 minutes, wet with a little warm water and massage thoroughly into scalp (scalp massage also promotes hair growth). Shampoo this out, but try not to remove all the residue because leaving a little will add extreme shine and texture to your hair, eliminate the need to condition, and provide a protective barrier that will make hair stronger. Or add a little coconut oil directly to your clean hair by determining the right amount for you, warming it in your hands, and applying evenly, focusing on the ends.

Best wishes for your fine-ally thick hair!

HOME REDEDIES FOR ECZEMA

If the title attracted your attention, you or someone you know probably suffers from Eczema. You don’t need me to tell you what it is, or the symptoms thereof. What you’re looking for is answers to help deal with and cure this irritating and sometimes debilitating ailment. As the mother of an eczema-stricken daughter and a sufferer myself, I can tell you some things that will assist you and hopefully help to put your rashes into remission.

First things first: wash skin gently with a mild, anti-bacterial soap. Do not ever use water that is too warm or too cool, as this can aggravate the symptoms. Pat skin dry with a clean towel, instead of rubbing. Avoid extremes in temperature. Keep eczema prone areas away from irritants such as household cleansers. Do not wear tight fitting or irritating clothes on the areas. If the outbreaks are on your feet, wear only plain, white cotton socks and 100% leather shoes.

Internally, avoid artificial ingredients as much as possible. Also, take Lecithin daily, which helps to moisturize from the inside. A daily dose of Benadryl is also very helpful for some afflicted with eczema. Avoid processed meats and junk foods in general and carbonated beverages as much as possible.

Skin that has a rash from eczema must be kept clean, and ultra-moisturized; the heavier the moisture, the better. With my daughter, who has finally outgrown a severe case of eczema, we often had to rub down her hands and feet with a heavy layer of Vaseline, cover with plastic wrap or plastic gloves, put socks on over the plastic on her feet, and leave this on overnight. This was the only thing that seemed to help alleviate the irritation and heal the wounds, often with better results than doctor-prescribed creams. When removing the plastic you will notice a foul smell. This is unpleasant, but it is a process of “drawing out” the disease and helps speed healing.


Other Noted Eczema Cures:

Internal:

* 1200mg of Lecithin, 50mg of zinc, 400 I.U. of vitamin E and 500mg L-Lysine once daily after a meal.

* Eliminate all dairy products.

* Avoid anything containing citric acid.

* Take Vitamin B-Complex.

* Eat an apple daily.

* Apple Cider Vinegar, two or three tablespoons in water daily.

* Apple Cider Vinegar (2tbs) and Baking Soda (1/4 tsp) in a glass of water three times per day.

* Take 1/4 heaping tsp. Turmeric per day.

External:

* Use "Free and Clear" shampoo and conditioner, or similar products free of sulphates.

* Emu Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Almond Oil and/or Coconut oil applied generously and massaged into skin.

* Apple cider vinegar mixed with water in a spray bottle and misted on affected area three times daily.

* Add salt and apple cider vinegar to bath water.

* Avoid all soaps. Wash with warm water alone, or use a little baking soda.

* Pure jojoba oil.

* Vaseline mixed with honey.

* Soak affected area(s) in a strong brew of chamomile tea every day for about 10 minutes.

Also, eczema is often brought on by “external triggers” or things you come in contact with. One woman realized that her baby’s disposable diapers were causing her outbreaks, and opted for cloth instead. Analyze your daily practices and what you consume or touch. If you suspect certain things may be a culprit, try eliminating one item at a time for a week to narrow it down and help you heal much sooner.

BE NICE TO YOUR HAIR!!! (Basic Hair Care)


Everything you do and everything you purchase to make your hair look and feel good can be reversed by not adhering to a few basic facts to keep from damaging your hair unnecessarily. There’s nothing difficult about it, however. All you have to do is commit a few things to memory and then practice until it’s a habit.

1). It’s a good idea to gently comb or brush your hair before washing it, especially if you have tangles and/or styling product build-up. This also helps distribute natural oils throughout the length of your hair. If you have long hair, do not wad it up on top of your head to lather, as this causes tangles that will cause breakage to remove. Instead, lather it from top to bottom as it lays naturally. Gently massage the scalp while shampooing with your fingertips (Never your fingernails!) to increase circulation and promote new growth.

2.) This step isn’t absolutely necessary, but if you condition your hair before you wash it, it helps prevent the shampoo from stripping your hair by giving it something to wash out. This is most important if you shampoo frequently.

3.) After you shampoo and condition, use lukewarm water to rinse. Too warm or too cool can be stressful to your tresses. For added shine, add a spoonful of apple cider vinegar to your final rinse water.

4.) Never bunch up or scrub your hair with a towel to dry. This is extremely damaging. Just blot and scrunch your hair gently with a towel.

5.) Most importantly, never brush wet hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to smooth it as gently as possible without any pulling or tugging. If you have tangles that require you to pull your hair as you comb, you may need to alter your shampooing methods or experiment with different conditioners. It may also help to comb conditioner through your hair with a wide-toothed comb before you rinse it out.

6.) Use a deep conditioner (or a home-made soak such as coconut oil, hemp seed oil, heated olive oil, or even vegetable oil; use what you have) at least once a week or whenever possible.

7.) Do not try to style hair that is wet, because that is when your hair is most elastic and prone to breakage. It’s a waste of time as well, because hair can’t hold a style until it is just barely damp. Don’t style by pulling and stretching your hair; always be as gentle as possible. Keep chemical treatments such as perms and color to a minimum. If you have fine hair, never perm AND color or you are likely to end up with brittle, frizzy, and broken hair. If you perm, don’t color and vice versa. Fine hair requires extra tender loving care in general.

8.) Finally, if you feed yourself you feed your hair. Hair needs to be nourished every few hours during your day, even if it’s just a piece of fruit or a light snack. Make sure you’re getting all your vitamins and minerals, as any deficiency in this area will definitely tell on you in the appearance of your hair.

Your hair is usually the first thing others notice about you, and it is your frame. It expresses your style and personality. If you do just a little for it, it can do so much more for you!

Beyond the Bra (Prevent Sagging Breasts)


I'm talking Breast Care here, an area that is often not cared for properly.

To begin with, give 'the girls' the same care you do your face: Wash gently & well, exfoliate occasionally, use an astringent if you get little bumps from excess body oils, moisturize for firm softness (use a firming lotion and/or coconut oil), exercise, and wear a well-fitting bra that provides sufficient support.

Do exercises that enhance the breast line, such as weight lifting and stretches. If you jog, make sure your bra provides extremely good support so that gravity from the movements doesn't cause them to 'bob', which can lead to sagging.

Breasts, like the rest of our bodies, need balanced nutrients to remain supple, firm, and healthy. Be sure you're getting enough through your meals, and take a multi-vitamin for women if needed.

So, is that it? Basically, yes. The problem is most women just put on the bra and consider it done. No, no, no. You can't just let the bra hold your breasts however they happen to get arranged. To make the most of your bra and keep your breast firm and shapely, just take a minute to do the following:

*After you put on your bra, lean over at the waist to let gravity help. Ease a hand into the cup and adjust each breast (one at a time) as you would like it supported. Double check the straps to make sure you haven't moved them. After you are 'adjusted' as you should be, stand up and note the difference. This will really pay off over time, even if you feel a little silly at first during the process.*

(Added tip: Play it safe and use a plain deodorant or natural alternative in place of anti-perspirant. Anti-perspirant has been linked to breast cancer, although it isn't yet proven. Anti-perspirant clogs the pores and blocks the lymph nodes that are located beside the breasts near the armpits, which is the area where most breast cancers begin. Also, metal under-wire bras are also raising some eyebrows as to causing breast cancer, so throw them away just in case.)


Now, you're looking good! ( :

Best Cures for Acne


The following is a list of alternative acne cures that are reputed to work wonders. You may need to try a few before you discover what works best for your unique skin’s needs.

Aspirin:
Crush Aspirin and add a little bit of Tea Tree Oil or Aloe Vera Gel (or a bit of water if you don't have the ingredients). You may want to heat this just a bit to dissolve the aspirin. Either apply directly to problem areas, or add more tea tree oil and aloe to make a mask. This will help cure in a short time, and remove the redness immediately.

Tea Tree Oil :
Wash face (or problem area) with a mild soap, and apply a thin layer of Tea Tree Oil. Let remain overnight.

Aloe Vera Gel :
Apply topically two to three times daily. This has a natural 'drying' effect, so you may need a light, oil-free moisturizer.

A few sources also proclaim that mixing Witch Hazel with Boric Acid will cure any skin breakouts. The exact recipe for mixing and application, however, varies greatly.

Milk Thistle and Aloe Vera:
Take 200mg of Milk Thistle and 1 capsule of Aloe Vera per day.

Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Oil:
Diluted with water and applied to problem areas, Eucalyptus oil is a big favorite among many.

Apple Cider Vinegar:
Take one to three tablespoons internally per day and/or apply directly to acne-prone areas.

Mashed Garlic:
Mash garlic and apply to body acne. It will burn, so do not apply to face and do not leave it on. Remove and clean skin after a few minutes. It also helps to eat garlic, or take garlic capsules.

Hydrogen Peroxide:
Apply to clean skin twice or more daily. Do not remove.

Anti-Perspirant/Deodorant:
Apply and leave on any problem area overnight. Dries acne and kills germs.

Sea-Salt:
Dissolve in water or mix with hydrogen peroxide. Apply liberally to clean skin and leave on.

Toothpaste:
Dab on pimples and leave overnight.

More than a few additional sources swear that applying your own urine to problem areas, beginning first thing in the morning, with cotton balls is safe and more effective than any remedy or product to completely cure acne. Use at your own discretion.


In Addition:
Be sure you're getting enough zinc in your diet. Avoid fried, high-fat, and junk foods as well as carbonated sodas as much as possible. The main food culprits are Coke, Pepsi, etc., caffeine, milk/dairy products, junk food, and corn syrup. Be sure to get adequate sleep and work in some daily exercise to keep your circulation going as it should.