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My Hydrosol Season

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In this episode of The Wellness Connections, I give you a description of a gentle “aromatic medicine” Hydrosols. When you have a free moment listen to what they are and how they can be used for your well-being journey.


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SPF HAIR, Beauty & Wellness

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Have you ever thought about using SPF on your hair during the months when you may be spending a lot of time on the beach, playing tennis, or just being outdoors during sunny days? Probably not.

It turns out that SPF for haircare is something we should pay attention to. Not only should we protect our bodies, we should also spray sunscreen on our scalps.

Hairblues has discussed this topic before, but I can not say it often enough. People of color NEED to use SUNSCREEN. See the excerpt below for details.

Health experts advise everyone, regardless of skin color, to use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Although dark-skinned people won’t get sunburned as quickly, they will still burn and are still susceptible to sun-induced damage—such as sun spots and wrinkles—and cancer .
True or False: Dark-skinned People Don’t Need Sunscreen … True or False: Dark-skinned People Don’t Need Sunscreen | Winchester Hospital

As the Cancer Foundation states:
Everyone under the sun needs to use sunscreen“.

If you use an SPF 30 product properly, it would take you 30 times longer to burn than if you used no sunscreen“.

This includes children and babies.



Reminder you want to purchase products that do not have Oxybenzone and Octinoxate

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SPF Skin and Planet Safety

Happy Earth Day ! In celebration of Earth Day, Today Hairblues is focusing on “planet friendly” SPF products . By the way, do you know that there are two ingredients in most SPF products , which are harmful to coral reefs?

SPF has a range of uses. For example, it’s remarkable that simply stated, when used correctly, sunscreen products may help prevent some skin cancers, including melanoma. “Sun protection factor (SPF): Is a number on a scale for rating the degree of protection provided by sunscreens.” Some African-Americans and Hispanics have a misunderstanding about requiring sunscreen. In fact, although  darker-skin people  have more melanin, they can get sun-burned and get skin cancer.  The great Jamaican Reggae artist Bob Marley was diagnosed with Melanoma, which happened to be located just under a toenail. 

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Is your SPF product safe reef spf“? Hairblues has focused on this topic in the past. And, you may recall the two ingredients in SPF determined harmful to the coral reef eco system – Oxybenzone and octinoxate should be avoided, if at all possible, for greater “planet safety.”

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Black HISTORY & BEAUTY

During Black History Month I like to put a spotlight on beauty products and companies owned and operated by African Americans. One example is Gloria L. Williams, the CEO of Footnanny, Inc.

Williams is from Montgomery, Alabama. She created the company with the knowledge she gained as a young girl watching her mother. She declares that her mother would mix “creams, ointments and oils” along with an “Old Fashioned Rub Down” to attend to sick and elderly neighbors.

Gloria L. Williams
Founder and CEO
Footnanny, Inc.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for products that can help me care for my feet. One of the foot buffer’s I recently used turned out to be just what I needed. The Footnanny RESCUE Buffer . After following the directions and using the buffer with a cream, I was very happy with the end result.

We can all use a little pampering, especially during these stressful times. Why not treat yourself to some tender loving care? Lift your spirits and well-being with a soothing pedicure and relax.

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Visit her website to learn more by clicking this link – (1) all – Footnanny

Beauty Without Makeup?

Makeup Is A Personal Beauty Choice

A recent comment submitted to this Hairblues blog suggested that a person wearing no Makeup can be beautiful as well as a person who does. Of course, I agree. The always lovely Alicia Keys openly rejects makeup. Of course, all you have to do is look at her in the prime of her loveliness and youth, I can’t imagine this winning duo requires too much of a decision. Can you?

I thought that it might be useful to research whether Makeup has other purposes, and can be used for example, to enhance the longevity of how our skin ages and, additionally, help to protect it. Here are just two examples (maybe suggestions). Enjoy!

A tinted moisturizer can actually be good for mature skin.

As I searched the www for opinions and ‘expert ‘ advice about the “no Makeup” choice , it became evident that the Makeup choice is – as you may have suspected – ultimately a personal decision, because ‘one size does not fit everybody’. What also became evident is that, as we age, our skin does change. It may become more dry, less smooth and thinner. There is also loss of skin elasticity.
Our first example, therefore, is it may be important to use moisturizers daily for protection from the environment because they help to act against the dryness and add some elasticity.

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Makeup & Giving Season

Hairblues followers already know that I am a makeup fan.
During this challenging time of Covid19, the use of masks is advised; however, it is still possible that you may want to wear and give makeup as gifts during the holidays.

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A nice idea is that you can give to yourself and to others at the same time. That makes it a “win win situation”. I think we all need help finding some fun during these times. What can be better than giving to others.

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Thrive Cosmetics is a company we have looked at before. Here’s a statement about what they are doing during this challenging period.
We partnered with nonprofit organizations like Donate Beauty, Beauty United, Self-Esteem Rising and Maimonides Medical Center who helped distribute our products to those fighting on the frontlines of COVID-19.

Take a look at their Holiday Offers:
* Special Offers – Thrive Causemetics
* Thrive Causemetics Blog

There are many more charitable causes that you can contribute to in the name of beauty. Click the link; Take a look, and Enjoy!
17 Charitable Cosmetic Companies that Help You Give Back – More

Breast Cancer Beauty

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Oftentimes Cancer patients face challenge with their skin and beauty care caused by the chemo, radiation, and scarring, among other things. The treatments can cause issues women may not be familiar with, nor, how to manage them. I searched the www for some support on how to manage some of the difficulties women face for which there is support.

* The Cancer Horizons website provides support with information, free products and services. These are links to websites and services, which provide free makeup sessions, wigs, and even free makeup samples. It’s all designed to support the cancer patient through the cycles of getting well. Try exploring the website yourself by clicking this link. https://www.cancerhorizons.com/cancer-products/skin-care/

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You may also want to explore the
* Look Good Feel Better website which supports women navigating cancer treatment by learning how to enhance their beauty routines . The website is supported by certified professionals who volunteer their services to support cancer patients with guided lessons. Due to Covid19 – currently sessions are provided virtually. Click this link to learn more – https://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/virtual-workshops/

If you want to participate in supporting these organizations use the links below.

https://www.cancerhorizons.com/become-a-sponsor/

https://lookgoodfeelbetter.org/donors/donate/


Sleepless in Covid19 Times

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How are you sleeping these days? Recently I have had some issues with getting a ‘good nights sleep’, and I am not the only one I know who is having this problem in Covid19 times.

Lack of ‘Beauty Sleep’, seems to be the least of our concerns these days  as we attempt to figure out how to live and prepare our lives, and family members safely for this challenging Covid19 period.

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Sleep has been determined as therapeutic to our wellbeing. It supports a healthy immune system; physical health; emotional wellness, and more.

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Hairblues in Pandemic Times

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Thankfully, as a society we have progressed to a consciousness where a woman who identifies with her baldness in a way that she feels depicts beauty, is a welcome change to the hair loss challenge.

Nevertheless, it does not negate the fact that when a woman is confronted with unexpected hair loss, when she has had no previous symptoms – for example, Thyroid issues  it can be alarming.

For a number of women, who have had the recent Pandemic virus for more than a few weeks, Covid19 has been the suspected cause  for some of them losing “globs” of their hair.  A travel nurse, Juli Fisher, reported to WebMD News that she noticed she was losing “globs” of hair in the shower several weeks into her Covid19 illness. She  later  learned about others who were suffering similarly  from  a FaceBook group the “Long Haulers”.  Dermatologists refer to this type of hair loss as telogen effluvium, a temporary condition due to physical or emotional stress.  Oftentimes the hair grows back within a year.  Please use the links below to read details about this condition.
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