Category Archives: Conversations

HairBlues: To our Professionals with Gratitude

hairblues thanksThose who rely on hair salon specialists, flexible schedulers, and beauty professionals are facing major adjustments in managing their own hair and other things at this time. We are learning all over again what brought us to the salons in the first place:  we are not nearly as proficient at performing those beauty tasks as the professionals whom we rely on. However, rather than feeling sorry for this “beauty reality check”, it occurred to me that this might be a good time to offer sincere thanks to those specialists who take such good care of us. Have you tried lately to do your nails, hand or feet, or tried waxing your own face, or managing your hair so that it looks more than just presentable? These are not welcome challenges.

 In recent days, the people who have jobs in hair/beauty salons have not only “NOT” been able to give us luxury treatments, to which we have become accustomed, some of them may even have been stripped of their livelihoods by way of collateral damage.salon-1923165_1920After all, this is exactly the kind of  work where the professional performs in close proximity with the client.  With little to no “prior notice”, COVID19, has intruded itself into that very private space. Until the last possible appointments, these reliable professionals continued to entertain our shared stories, our “prepared reality”,  by applying their creative talents to our faces, hair, nails, and above all to our egos. Now, many of them find themselves in the position of having to apply for unemployment benefits. Some are wondering, no doubt, how they will manage the near and distant futures of their bill payments, childcare, etc.  For some it is the challenge of a lifetime.curler-2224006_1920 (3)

I searched the www for some ideas on what these beauty professionals suggest that their customers do during this crisis.  I am impressed with their care and attention to our needs even during this period.

Suggestions:
you can manage your hair until the salons are open again.
there are ways for you to maintain your hair color.

Continue reading HairBlues: To our Professionals with Gratitude

Time Out for May Chang

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The news lately about COVID-19 has been disturbing. However, I want to take a “mindful time-out  to put  visual concepts of beauty in this post to remind us that our planet is still filled with beauty. And, once again to remind us that we must try to see more than our current troubles.heart oceans

As some of you know from following HairBlues, I am a certified aromatherapist, grounded in the wellness remedies of plant therapy and essential oils.   So, in this post I want to introduce you to the essential oil, ‘May Chang‘.   In my own experience, one whiff of ‘May Chang‘ essential oil quickly reminds me of peace and calmness. I am aware that because I live on this planet, there are those who distill the plants and flowers. Their work and process bring this fine oil to me. I am further comforted by the accumulated  knowledge of those who work with essential oils at a level that I have a newfound respect for.  In the meantime I benefit from that knowledge source: one can find solace even when there is much at stake by taking a “mindful time-out to breathe. Continue reading Time Out for May Chang

Is Your Essential Oil Authentic?

Everywhere I turn lately, it appears Essential Oils are all the rage, and they are a huge money maker.  In addition,  whenever  I sign-up  for an  aromatherapy  webinar  people  from  all  over  the  world  are  in  attendance,  looking  for  solutions  and  remedies  to support  their mind, body and spirit well-being.

As a certified aromatherapist and  trainer, this topic comes to me voiced as concerns from those who are purchasing ‘essential oils’ without having any knowledge of how to ascertain when a product is ‘authentic’.

The task of ascertaining “authenticity” in this product is formidable because, given the circumstances in today’s USA market, these oils are not regulated by the USDA unless they are ‘certified organic’.  (https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/labeling)

As starter conclusions in this formidable task about “authenticity” in essential oils  is that these oils are not synthetically produced.

So what is the difference?  Essential Oils are acquired from plants, by various distilling methods. In addition, essentials oils are known to have the added impact of therapeutic benefits, which can be useful in enhancing your mind, body, and spirit when used properly and safely.  When you are purchasing essential oils look for the ‘botanical name along with the common name.  For example: Lavender (common name), has the botanical name Lavandula angustifolia
Continue reading Is Your Essential Oil Authentic?

Crowdsource Your Medical Care

HairBlues is always looking for newer and more innovative ways to aid you with finding methods to support your well-being.   We want you  beautiful on the inside, as well as on the outside.  That’s why when it came to our attention that there is medical care, which you can tap into as a way to get answers to your questions about health issues online, we wanted to tell you about it right away.  What a wonderful thing!  You can  hmedical2 logoave a support group, which knows what you are experiencing because they are trying to manage the same types of  issues.  And guess what?  Just by logging online with your computer, or mobile device,  you can become medical care savvy. Continue reading Crowdsource Your Medical Care

Yoga in 10: Basic Flow – Yoga in 10 | The Dr. Oz Show

last_pic for downward postWe’ve talked about being an exercising beauty before, and how yoga can be part of your routine.  I found a very nice website, which will help you explore yoga.  Click the link when you find an opportunity, and stay beautiful!  The demo will start after a brief Ad 🙂

Yoga in 10: Basic Flow

You don\’t have to practice like a guru to benefit from yoga. Ten minutes a day can improve your balance, breathing and flexibility. Start stretching your way to better health with this fun introduction to the fundamentals of yoga from Steve Ross.via Yoga in 10: Basic Flow – Yoga in 10 | The Dr. Oz Show.

Enjoy!

Native American Beauty Conversations

canstockphoto9030450Some of you may remember our post last year, which gave us ideas for using natural products to enhance our beauty.  As you may recall, those suggestions came from old beauty rituals used by Native Americans.  Well, once again we have found some wonderful suggestions for taking care of yourself using ancient Native American Wisdom.

Native American Beauty Wisdom:  Blueberry Honey? Honeysuckle Chamomile? Body Butters?  These are just a few of the names used for the products made by the Native Wisdom company.  Why don’t you check it out for yourself.  I assure you, it will be a nice learning experience. Native Wisdom is a 100% Native American owned company. Products are made from the highest quality ingredients utilizing Native American Herbology passed down from  family elders.  The co-owners of the company are three sisters.  The eldest sister, a former chemist for the FDA, did extensive research on herbal products.  The middle sister has over 10 years experience in the skin care industry.  The youngest sister, a dean’s list student pursuing her MBA, specializes in marketing research for the company. via: http://www.nativewisdombeauty.com/index.cfm/fa/pages.main/pageID/2

At Hairblues, we can never get enough information for helping us make our locks easier to manage. Check out what kind of remedies American Indians use for their hair.

American Indian Remedies for Hair

  • Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba plant found in California, Arizona and parts of Mexico. Jojoba oil has been used for hundreds of years by American Indians to moisturize and grow hair. The molecular makeup of jojoba has similar characteristics to the natural oil the glands of the scalp produce. Jojoba oil can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favorite conditioner to promote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp. Aloe vera is another product used by Native American Indians to promote hair growth and is also an excellent moisturizer for your hair.
  • Mix 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/4 cup of aloe vera and 1/4 cup of coconut milk and use this product as a natural shampoo. Aloe vera can be purchased at drugstores and herb shops and can also be applied directly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow. The American Indians also used and continue to use several kinds of oils to promote hair growth such as emu oil, rosemary oil, and mustard oil.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/way_5729694_american-indian-hair-grow-remedies.html#ixzz2lj32MFjJ

Natural Beauty Conversations

canstockphoto14988903Do you think about whether your beauty is ‘Natural’?  How does one become a ‘natural beauty’ ? What about all the signs fashion and cosmetic experts tell us define beauty?  Does beauty get defined from within?

Well, it turns out that there are  ways to enhance your beauty, as well as other ways to define it.  According to an article I read,  natural beauty can be had without facials, makeup, hair extensions, or the latest fashion item.  Yes, you can have beauty just by doing some, or all,  of the following things:

  • Stop Smoking!
  • Cut down on sun exposure.
  • Stress and depression contribute to aging.
  • Overweight adds to making us look older.

canstockphoto0122697Did you know that people who smile, and laugh are perceived to be younger?  They usually have a more cheerful and younger outlook. Have you ever seen older people who look annoyed, and are, or seem to be, frowning? Chances are they appear older to you.  So keep that positive outlook, it will not only make you feel better, it will make you look better.

Other Suggestions

  • Pursue activities you enjoy.  Remember my post about Yoga and “downward facing dog”?
  • Exercise. Lift weights. Keep active.
  • Travel keeps you active and gives you a younger outlook when you learn and see new things.

Read more at: http://www.well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/a-youthful-glow-radiating-from-within/?_r=0

Remember you’re as young as you feel and if you feel young, you will look younger!

I hope this is helpful 🙂

Beauty & Wellbeing Conversations

canstockphoto8521311HairBlues has added a new Category, ‘Conversations’.  What I’ve discovered is various hair and health focused topics reviewed, researched, and written about on this blog, often have updated, or more information, which enrich the available choices that help you to find the best solutions for your wellbeing.

Looking forward to more ‘Conversations’ with you 🙂

Celebrating Native American Beauty Tips at Thanksgiving

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, let’s take a moment to acknowledge the beauty contributions of the First Nations people.  As I explored the web to learn about what Native American women used to secure their beauty throughout their lives, I was interested and  astounded by the many remedies, which were ‘natural’ products.  Aloe Vera, which I have used to soothe my skin after experiencing  a terrible sunburn, is but one example. After spreading this gel-like solution from a plant, which looks like a cactus, but in  fact is a member of the  Lily family, my skin was instantly relieved from the irritation.  You can grow this plant in your home as long as you don’t expose it to frost.

What are some of the other ‘natural’ beauty remedies used by Native Americans?   The list is extensive.

Bearberry for itchy scalp, Juniper for shiny hair, Blue Corn to purify skin, Fireweek to protect skin from the cold.

The First Nations people had myriad ways to help them remain beautiful. Get a detailed description at this link: http://multiculturalbeauty.about.com/od/Natural/tp/Native-American-Beauty-Secrets.htm

For an added treat,  click this link to see the Native American Beauty Pinterest collection.
http://pinterest.com/klayhe/native-american-beauty/

 See you at the next post! 🙂