Monday, 14 July 2014

Eating your way to A Healthy Hair

You may want to ask; What does your stomach have to do with your hair? Well, almost everything. The guy who said that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder should have included the stomach of the subject!

You are what you eat; it is as simple as that. There are types of food that will give your hair a major boost, unbelievably, and here is a list:

Generally, your hair needs three things: Proteins, vitamins and Minerals. Human hair, being made of amino acids, need protein for its growth.

Zinc and Iron are crucial for hair growth. Vitamins promote growth through enhanced blood circulation. Vitamins B-complex, E and C are all-essential

Water! Unless you do not consider water as food. Apart from being the universal solvent in your system that carries all nutrients to the required parts of the body, water is also a detoxifier and a moisturizer. Drink plenty of water for your hair to grow thick, shiny, and healthy.

Healthy hair growth needs lots of Iron, Zinc, and Vitamin B. Red meat, especially cooked beef, has plenty of this.

You must like fish. Your hair needs Essential Fatty Acids to grow healthy. Fish has lots of it. Fresh fish, dried fish, fried fish, any fish is good enough, but salmon is the best.

In case you are a vegetarian, then have plenty of almonds in your diet. Besides reducing cholesterol, almonds contain lots of nutrients needed for hair growth, like minerals and vitamins.

Fresh fruits, especially of the citrus family are highly critical. Oranges, tangerines, and lemons have lots of Vitamin C, which works together with iron to form collagen, a vital component of human hair.

Milk is another rich source of nutrients not just for the whole body but for the growing hair as well. Milk is a complete meal, containing minerals (especially Zinc & Iron), proteins, and vitamins. In this regard, cow’s milk is the best.

Your boy in general needs plenty of Vitamin B6 and Zinc. Chicken-peas can be a great source, apart from enriching your body with high quality plant proteins. Soybeans are also in this class. These two food types should particularly interest vegetarians and vegans.

Another source of Iron is the oats. The good thing is that eating oats gives your body Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium as well. You can add whole wheat to the mix to obtain Silica, which though not a required mineral in itself, but enhances absorption of the others.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

How to take care of Nail Cuticles

There are many simple ways to care for your nails to make sure they stay strong, healthy and beautiful.

Here are a few tips. You want to be gentle and soft to the cuticles, because they are what will help to prevent you from getting infections and other problems underneath your nails


Your cuticles are so important, so let’s make sure we take care of them! They are a barrier that protects your nails. They may not seem important but they are!

Moisturize them when you rub lotion on to your hands or nails. Don’t cut them, because if you’re not a nail technician, you might do more damage than good.

What you should do is apply a cuticle remover to soften them and then use a cuticle pusher to gently push them back. Moisturizing them daily will help keep nails from cracking and peeling. If you get hangnails trim them carefully to avoid cutting the cuticles.

You should avoid chemicals and other things that will dry them out. Avoid using nail polish remover with acetone if you need to use a nail polish remover make sure you use one that is acetone free. When you are washing dishes, wear gloves, to keep the dish soap from accessing them. Also, don’t chew on your nails.

Keep your hands out of your mouth. Because you think you’re just chewing on your nails, but you’re also probably, unknowingly, chewing on your cuticles.

Also, avoid rough manicurists, if you go for a manicure. If your cuticles are pushed back too far or injured it may cause further problems, including sore spots or infections, which would require you to see a doctor or a dermatologist.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Signs and Symptoms of Unhealthy Hair

Everyone wants to have healthy looking hair. For some though it is an uphill task. Keeping your hair healthy takes a lot of dedication on your part. Other people claim to have healthy hair yet it is not. There are some signs to look out for to see if your hair is healthy.

For starters healthy hair does not fall out or break when combing. If your hair tends to break then there are two possibilities, you are using the wrong comb for your hair, or you are lacking the nutrients that make your hair strong so you will need to take in more fruits and vegetables.

The next sign of unhealthy hair is the color of the hair. If your hair appears washed out then your hair is not healthy. The color of your hair should be deep and shiny.

Therefore, you will also need to check your diet and the products that you are using on your hair. Go for organic rather than chemical based products. Organic products will ensure that your hair gets the nutrients that it requires.

Another symptom of unhealthy hair is dry or flaky scalp. Having dandruff on your head is not only itchy for you but also very unappealing. Mostly dandruff occurs from having dry dead skin on your head.

Low blood circulation on the scalp causes your skin to become dry and flaky. To avoid this ensure that you use products that are rich in vitamins that will ease blood circulation to your scalp such as coconut oil. Also look out for thinned hair for this could only mean that you are lacking certain vitamins.

In conclusion if you are having the above symptoms then you are having unhealthy hair and you will need to get professional advice on how to treat it.

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Choose the Right Foundation for Your Skin Tone

Tips on Choosing the Right Foundation for Your Skin Tone
So you are going to your favorite makeup store and want a lovely foundation, and well, when the sales assistant swatched it, the effect was great, but when you came back, you looked ashy and chalky?

Well, you probably got the wrong shade. And before you start cursing the assistant, take a look at where you might be going wrong. Here are our top tips in selecting the right foundation for your skin tone.
1.       Know your skin undertones. Your skin has either pink undertones or yellow undertones, or a combination of both. For pink tones, you are naturally cool, and would need warm tones to make you look fantastic. For yellow tones, you are naturally warm, and will need cool tones to make your skin look neutral.

2.       Never wear makeup while foundation shopping. When you are going to get something like your foundation, never go wearing makeup. You need to check the foundation, and yes, if possible, apply it on your skin. Do not do it with full makeup on, because, otherwise, no one including you would be able to gauge your natural skin tone.
3.       Don’t swatch on the hand but get the foundation on your face. Or, if you are scared of applying it on your face, on your throat, or right under your ear, and blend the foundation in. Let it stay for 2-4 hours before you make a decision. It will also help you understand if your skin is sensitive.
4.       Go out in the daylight and check the foundation. The right time to shop for foundation is during the day, and you should always come out of the store and check against sunlight to figure out if the color is blended in.
These are simple tips on right foundation application.