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What are the chemicals in my shampoo?

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There are many chemicals for hair to avoid these days, many toxic ingredients hiding in plain sight, listed under nice, harmless names. Not thinking about it is, without the question, much easier but you’ll have to agree that knowing which chemicals in hair products to avoid and how to spot harmful hair product is actually much better, not to mention healthier in the long run! So, let’s check out some of the most common of those chemicals:

1. Sodium lauryl sulphate.

Known simply as sulfate or SLS, this harsh soap is what makes your shampoo produce all that foam and bubbles.And while some people think the amount of suds is a very important indicator of quality, I know it’s one of those chemicals for hair to avoid!And now you do too, although I bet that, by now, this pretty much falls under common knowledge.Due to its harsh ingredients, a shampoo containing SLS will probably remove more product buildup, leaving your hair fresh, clean and significantly less oily (because this chemical is also used as an engine degreaser) than before.What you don’t know is that exposing your hair to this chemical actually destroys it in the long run, stripping it off essential oils it needs to stay healthy, breaking down protein and halting healthy hair growth!

 2. DEA and TEA 

Used to bring the pH level down and turn alkaline products into pH neutral, acidic ingredients Triethanolamine or TEA and Diethanolamin or DEA are easily absorbed and can cause many awful illnesses such as cancer or hormonal disruptions.But let’s translate that into hair care and determine why products containing these chemicals should end up on your list of harmful hair products you’ll avoid.Well, first of all, they can cause scalp irritation and even bad allergic reactions and second - they also destroy all the good stuff in your hair (such as keratin) making your hair dry, brittle and lifeless!

3. Parabens

Add Propyl, Methyl and Butyl paraben to your list of chemicals for hair to avoid and your hair will live a much happier, healthier life!Used to prolong shelf life of an average hair care product, these chemicals are known for their toxic nature.

4. Formaldyhyde doners

Chemicals such as Imidazolidinyl and Diazolidinyl Urea as well as many other ingredients of common hair care and personal care products are known for their ability to release formaldehyde, an extremely toxic matter that can seriously mess with your immune system.

5. Synthetic colours

Synthetic colors used to make our shampoos can also lead to cancer, cause allergic reactions, respiratory problems and what not so the next time you decide to go shopping for a new shampoo, think about all those awful chemicals in hair products and opt for a more natural solution.

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Super User
Makeup tips that will change your life.

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Break out of your usual makeup routine and save money by using your go-to products in different ways. 

1. USE CONCEALER AS AN EYE PRIMER

Spread a thin layer of your favourite concealer over eyelids before applying shadow for long-wearing makeup. The concealer will also even out your skin tone and hide any veins visible on your eyelid, so your eyeshadow will look more even and vibrant.

2. BRIGHTEN YOUR EYES WITH WHITE EYELINER

Buy a white or skin tone eye pencil and use it to rim your lower water line (the water line is the inner rim of your eyelid). This trick makes eyes appear larger by extending the whites of your eyes. This is the perfect trick for the morning after a night that you didn’t sleep much because it will instantly make you look more alert and awake.

3. GET AN INSTANT EYE LIFT WITH A PALE MAKEUP PENCIL OR MATTE EYESHADOW

Forget surgery! A pale makeup pencil or matte eyeshadow can be used below and above the arches of your eyebrows and then be blended for the look of an eye lift. One thin layer or swipe of the shadow brush or pencil will do, then simply blend the colour using either your finger or a clean eyeshadow sponge applicator. Creating lighter areas under and above your brows visually draws attention to the area while also making the space between the lashes and brows look larger, brighter and younger.

4. MAKE YOUR OWN BROW GEL WITH EYESHADOW

You can create your own brow gel in under a minute using an old, clean mascara wand and matte eyeshadow. Choose a shade of shadow that matches (or is a bit darker than) your natural eyebrows and sweep a wet mascara brush over the surface. Apply the wet shadow to brows for subtle definition and a bit of hold.

5. MAKE YOUR LIPSTICK LAST LONGER WITH A TISSUE AND SOME POWDER

After applying your favourite lip colour, lay a tissue over your mouth and dust with translucent powder. This will set your lipstick, mattify it and make it last much longer. And you won’t have to reapply your lipstick every hour or buy it as often!

6. USE LIPSTICK AS BLUSH

In a pinch, a tube of lipstick can make a great cream blush. Swipe the lipstick onto your fingers then blend into cheeks. This works best on well-moisturized skin because it makes blending much easier.

7. CREATE A CUSTOM NAIL POLISH COLOUR WITH EYESHADOW

Loose eyeshadow can be mixed with clear nail polish for a custom manicure. This works particularly well with shimmery shades and gives the look of glitter without the fussy removal glitter polish requires. There’s no need to mix up a big batch and bottle it. These polishes can be quickly made on demand in any colour you desire.

Mix about a teaspoon of shadow with at least 20 drops of clear nail polish in a small plastic bowl. Add polish until you get the consistency or opacity you’re looking for — test it on one of your fingernails as you mix. Use a clean polish brush to mix the combination together, or just use the one from the clear polish and clean it with nail polish remover afterwards.

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Super User
How to prep your hair for an in salon upstyle

 

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 How Should I Care for My Hair Before Getting a Fancy UpSTYLE?

Updos are among the most popular choices for formal engagements, and there are hundreds of possibilities to explore. A talented hairstylist with a flair for creativity can create stunning looks that are literally the crowning detail of your ensemble. Working with a professional can be exciting and intimidating, and it begs the question, "How should I care for my hair before getting a fancy updo?"

Whether you choose to work with a professional stylist or not, caring for your locks before getting an updo style can make all the difference.

To Wash or Not to Wash

Squeaky clean hair is very appealing, but it can be difficult to work with freshly washed locks. Your hair has natural oils that condition it and keep it manageable. The natural oils can help mold an updo into place. If you choose to wash right before your salon appointment, you may find that the locks are a little dry and may have static that prevents the hairstyle from staying in place.

The salon stylist will want to work with clean, dry hair, but washing too soon before the appointment can be counterproductive. Women with thick hair may not be able to dry the hair completely before the appointment, and the moisture can make creating a lasting updo difficult since the hair's texture and volume changes as it dries.

How long before the hair appointment should you wash? Some things to consider when deciding when to wash are:

  • Your hair's thickness: Thick locks take longer to dry, so it may be best to wash at least 24 hours before your appointment. Thin hair tends to dry quicker, so you may have enough drying time if you wash a few hours before your scheduled time.
  • Oily or dry hair: If your hair is oily, it may be best to wash it first thing in the morning if your appointment is in the afternoon, or right before you go to bed if you are scheduled for the morning. If your hair is dry, you may want to allow the oils to build up for about 24 hours before your hairstylist goes to work.

 

Good Hair Care

It is also important to have healthy hair in the weeks leading up to your special event for the best style. Make sure to get regular trims every four to six weeks to prevent split ends. Minimize your use of heat styling products, and make sure to use a heat protectant spray when you do use them.

Avoid brushing your hair from the roots down to the ends to prevent the ends from splitting. Instead, start from the middle of the hair to the ends, and gradually work your way up to the roots. Split ends can be disastrous to a formal hairstyle.

Shampoo and condition with gentle products only as often as needed. Use your favorite conditioning products after washing, but make sure to rotate brands every-so-often to ensure that there is no buildup. Using a clarifying shampoo occasionally can clean away product buildup, but make sure to avoid using clarifying shampoos before getting an updo. You may also want to consider weekly deep conditioners to help keep hair healthy and strong in the weeks before getting your fancy style as well.

Whether you plan to have a Grecian updo or a classic bun, taking care of your hair should be a regular practice.

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