Category Archives: In the Know

January 23 is International Integrative Health Day!

Listen to my latest podcast to find out what tools are available with these free resources for attending to your well-being.

This podcast is available on Apple podcast, Google podcast, and other platforms of your choice. Just click this link to select:
https://anchor.fm/judith-guerra7.

Winter Haircare

Managing Winter haircare static electricity and frizz both caused by the dryness heat exposure can be challenging. Below are some tips I hope will help you.


https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/6-winter-hair-care-tips-you-should-definitely-follow/

https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/hair/basic-hair-care/

If you want to find static sheets, which help minimize static electricity, are also cruelty-free and support our intention to do what we can to participate in the climate change conversation by purchasing climate friendly products, visit the websites below.

Anti Frizz Hair Sheets: The Celeb-Approved Genius Way to …

The Nunzio Saviano anti frizz sheet can tame flyaways, split ends, and humidity-induced frizz instantly without making your hair feel sticky. … Besides smelling deliciously good, the IGK no-frizz smoothing hair wipes are vegan-friendly, crueltyfree, and have zero traces of mineral oils, sulfates, and parabens.

Read the blog of Nunzio Saviano at the link below.
https://nunziosaviano.com/category/blog/

If you would like to check cruelty-free brands use the link below to view the updated 2022 Ethical Elephant List for Cruelty-Free Brands
https://ethicalelephant.com/cruelty-free-brand-list/

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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This month’s blog post provides ways and ideas to support breast cancer organizations in the fight for a cure. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is a nonprofit organization.

General Information

Breast Cancer Research Foundation
28 West 44th Street, Suite 609
New York, NY 10036
Toll-free: 1-866-346-3228
Fax: 646-497-0890 

bcrf@bcrf.org 

Please note: They do not solicit over the telephone

Ways to Give | Breast Cancer Research Foundation (bcrf.org)

FAQs | BCRF

Photo by Klaus Nielsen on Pexels.com

Read the blog at:
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/blog/

Learn how to donate items:
https://breastcancerpickups.org/donation-guidelines/
or call 1-888-233-0858

Other ways to support:
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-support
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/nbcf-programs/breast-cancer-support-group

Donate a Car:
https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/more-ways-to-give/cars-for-a-cure.html

Breast Cancer Research Stamp:
https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/2014-breast-cancer-research-stamps-S_555304#content

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.

Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

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.

Photo by Dazzle Jam from Pexels

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.

Photo by Anna Shvets on Pexels.com

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

Hydrosols: Plant Therapy and Essential Oils

Since the summer season of 2020 has started, let me share with you something that I truly enjoy  at this time of year –
Hydrosols aka Hydrolats.

HairBlues  followers know that I am an essential oils enthusiast, and that I use them as a Complementary Assisted Method (CAM) for wellness enrichment.   What makes essential oils even more attractive to me is that every time I attend a webinar about them, people from all over the world are also attending, trying to figure out how, when, and why these “gifts” from plants can help us.  To quote the News Correspondent, Rachel Maddow, Why is that?”

In her book “Hydrosols, The Next Aromatherapy”, Suzanne Catty refers to aromatherapy as a branch of “phytotherapy” (plant therapy).
The study of aromatherapy continues to give me  “Aha moments“.  In my research I find that the story continues – that essential oils can provide therapeutic benefits, which make one feel and live better.  Suzanne Catty defines hydrosols as the equivalent of a homeopathic version of essential oils.  To quote her, “Hydrosols are the condensate water coproduced during the steam-or hydro-distillation of plant material for aromatherapeutic purposes.Continue reading Hydrosols: Plant Therapy and Essential Oils

Cruelty-Free Shampoo

Summertime is probably the season when we wash our hair most frequently.  In keeping with our search for cruelty-free beauty products, I found some appealing hair care suggestions from Cruelty Free Kitty and Clean Green Simple, which I am sure will satisfy your personal requirements for using cruelty-free products.  Click on the links below for more information .

Happy Summer!

♣ Cruelty Free Kitty.com
https://cleangreensimple.com/products/

¿ Not sure what to do about your shampoo?  Check out the My Beauty Bunny website at this link :
https://mybeautybunny.com/how-do-i-find-out-if-a-brand-is-cruelty-free/

 

 

SPF Sunscreen for Coral Reefs & Earthling Beauties

Earth Day
(April 20, 2019)
makes us aware that we all are responsible for our planet’s well-being.

I often use this time of year to  research the ‘best’ SPF products for our skin during the summer months.

  1. I have learned that SPF products are among those, which are harming the planet’s  Coral Reefs.  In July of 2018, Hawaii became the first U.S. state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing two common chemicals, oxybenzone and octinoxate, which many researchers worldwide have deemed potentially harmful to aquatic life. https://www.consumerreports.org/sunscreens/the-truth-about-reef-safe-sunscreen/

    2. A coral reef is an underwater
    ecosystem characterized by reef-building corals. Reefs are formed of colonies of coral polyps held together by calcium carbonate. Most coral reefs are built from stony corals, whose polyps cluster in groups.
    An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in conjunction with the nonliving components of their environment, interacting as a system.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coral_reef

With that unexpected news, I took the precaution to find out which sunscreens may help you  be a better Earthling when you buy SPF products  to protect your skin and the skin of your family members.

Below are a few Cruelty  and Coral Reef safe Sunscreens.
Click each link  for more details.

Sources:

Drinking Water for Your Health & Well-being

How many glasses of water have you drunk today?

Did you know that drinking water to hydrate your body is not the only beverage that will satisfy the daily requirement? That’s right, coffee, beer and other soft drinks also qualify for getting liquids into your body.  However, what I learned by reading about various ways to get that ‘boring glass of water’ into this body is that you can get your water by eating other food items as well!  Yaaay! Yes!  How about eating some yogurt, which is 95% water? Don’t like yogurt?  There’s more you can eat to satisfy the water requirement.   For example, watermelon (92% water), lettuce (95% water), one medium apple (84% water).

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