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 🙂

Who knew SPF is the Fountain of Youth?

canstockphoto7925768 I am convinced aging is something we should welcome. The opportunity to share our mature years with our family and friends is certainly a blessing.  Nevertheless, not only do we want to be fit, we also want to look our best.  Feeling good about our appearance is important to many of us. So when a study comes out that helps us to do that, we are happy to learn about it.

In a recent study conducted at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia with 903 adults below the age of 55 that regular use of sunscreen show no increase in skin aging.  In fact, the study showed that the adults who used sunscreen daily appeared 24 percent younger than those who did not use the sunscreen daily. Miracle? Maybe :), but I think many of us may consider using SPF protection going forward after hearing about these findings.  you can read more about the study by clicking this link. via Sunscreen – The New Fountain of Youth? | Advanced Dermatology Blog – Dermatologists in NY and NJ.

Below is the scoop on some of the best moisturizers with SPF.  Click on the link for details.spf_creams

  • Sunscreens are essential for skin care day in and day out, 365 days a year. If applied correctly (meaning liberally and reapplied as often as needed), they are the best anti-wrinkle product you can use. In order to make the Best Products list, a moisturizer with sunscreen must: Provide broad-spectrum sun protection and be rated SPF 15 or greater. Help skin fight sun damage. Increase healthy collagen production. Contain a mix of antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. Protect skin from environmental damage. Improve skin texture. Contain the appropriate ingredients for your skin type. Not be packaged in a jar via Best Moisturizers With Sunscreen: Beautypedia Skin Care Reviews.
  • When I first got into my SPF obsession (back in my undergrad years of college), I didn’t really feel the need to shell out money for the most expensive brands. I was happy perusing the drugstore aisles for a decent moisturizer. I also wasn’t aware how important having an SPF of 30 was. The best one I found was Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer in SPF 15 ($16.99) (although a SPF 30 one does exist and I recommend getting that one). via Renee Jacques: I Tried Seven Popular Sunscreens And Found The Best One.

I hope this is helpful 🙂

Are You An Exercising Beauty?

How many of you have thought of exercise as part of your beauty regimen? Yes the Ads are filled with suggestions to exercise as a way to lose pounds, but that’s not what I am referring to.  How about what the benefits could be if we thought of exercise as our beauty regimen because it reduces stress and helps our moods in terms of total well-being?  I believe that when you feel better you look better.  So, in future posts, HairBlues will share with you some suggestions for including various exercise techniques to reduce the stress in your day.  Other posts will explain why we want to have exercise in our lives as a part of our beauty regimen.

With that said, have you heard about Downward Facing Dog?  LOL

downward_facing_dogDownward Facing Dog is a Yoga position, which it turns out has many benefits as listed below. Make sure to check out the video by clicking the link at the end of this post.

♦ The pose is so good for many of the things that plague our society today: fatigue, back pain and stiffness from sitting all day

It wakes you up. Sophie Herbert cites B.S.K. Iyengar, the 94-year-old founder of Iyengar yoga, who says that Downward Dog is one of the best poses you can do when you’re fatigued. “He recommends at least a minute in the pose,” she says, “to bring back lost energy for runners after a hard race.” It works equally well, she adds, for those of us who are just tired from a long day at the office.

It eliminates stiffness and back pain. “I find it’s good for people who get pain in their shoulders and upper back,” says Herbert. “Practicing it with proper alignment can make your upper back more flexible and less likely to store so much tension.”

It builds bone density.  Postures line Downward Dog as well as more difficult arm balances that place weight on the arms and shoulders are great for building upper body strength and preserving bone density

It boosts circulation. Any pose where the heart is above the head is a good one for the circulatory system, because it encourages blood flow throughout the body. An active circulatory system helps flush toxins from our body, keep our immune system in tip-top shape, and helps regulate blood pressure.

If you have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor before attempting downward dog, as well. It’s a good check in with your body. Herbert says that yoga classes spend so much time in Downward Dog because it’s a good way to “take inventory” about how you’re feeling. “It stretches your arms, legs and back all at once, and you can take notice of what feels good and what you need to work on.” via Get 6 Amazing Benefits From Practicing Downward Dog: Flash: Self.com.

Check out the Video at the link below.

♦ The next time you peer into the bathroom mirror and notice any crow’s-feet, bunny lines or other facial wrinkles, you may want to consider busting into a downward-facing dog to slow down these signs of aging.

♦ According to Kimberly Fowler, owner of Yas Fitness Studios in Los Angeles, yoga in general is anti-aging as it helps with achieving flexibility and reducing stress. via Anti-Aging Yoga Poses: Can The Downward-Facing Dog Take Years Off Your Look? (VIDEO).

I hope this is helpful!   last_pic for downward post

“I Feel Bad About My Neck” – Remedies

red neck picThe late, very engaging, innovative, author and playwright, Nora Ephron, said it best, as you may remember from her book title, “I Feel Bad About My Neck”. Many of us spend our time looking for remedies to help us with aging faces. However, she taught us that even with those ‘miracle’ creams, our necks,it turns out, would be our ‘dead giveaway’.

How many of us are beginning to look closer (or not) at our necks?  As we age, it becomes visible that our necks seem to get little attention. That is until we notice that they are looking more weary than our faces.  Not too long ago, I received a request to find out what we can do about our necks.  Below are various suggestions I found on the Web, which I hope will help you in caring for this very delicate part of your body.  One suggestion is to not put perfume on our neck!  Also, avoid certain types of jewelry  in humid weather.  I never heard that, have you? Read on, to learn more.  Don’t forget to click on the links for more details.

Best Natural Skin Care Products for Tightening Neck Skin
Natural Skin Moisturizer to Tighten Neck Skin It is important to keep skin moisturized to plump up lines and wrinkles on neck and to firm sagging skin on neck. Apply moisturizer to keep the natural moisture and oils, which are responsible for the skin’s elasticity and integrity. Moisturizers help keep your skin smooth, supple, and moist; prevent neck wrinkles and tighten flabby skin on neck. Look for a light-weight daily moisturizer blended with natural and organically grown plant extracts like aloe vera, green tea or soy. These natural ingredients help keep the sagging neck skin looks smooth and firm. They can prevent imperfections such as wrinkles, sagging, age spots or thinning, etc. Apply moisturizer to the loose neck skin twice a day in upward strokes to encourage neck tightening and lifting of the loose neck skin. via Tighten Sagging Neck Skin: Best Natural Skin Care Products and Neck Firming Tips | Health Tips 2013.

geisha neckVitamin E Oil Honey Mask for Firming Sagging Neck

You can make use of natural skin tightening oils to firm loose sagging skin on neck. Take two tablespoons of milk and add a few drops of vitamin E oil and honey in to it. Apply this natural skin firming mask to the face and neck and leave it on for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water for neck tightening. Follow this up by applying a moisturizer. To firm up sagging neck skin, you need to use this homemade neck skin tightening mask every other week.

Do Neck Exercises for Neck Tightening

Performing facial exercises on a regular basis can help in firming the neck muscles and reducing the sagging skin on neck or turkey neck. Try the exercise below and click the link for other suggestions:
Stretch your chin up high and thrust it forward hard. At the same time, pull your head back gradually the farthest you possibly can until you feel a pull on the neck muscles. Repeat this turkey wattle neck firming exercise several times, forward and backward. You will feel the muscles of your chin and the front of your neck tightened. via Tighten Sagging Neck Skin: Best Natural Skin Care Products and Neck Firming Tips | Get a Natural Facelift without Surgery.

pink neckBest Neck Tightening Creams for 2013
As we get older our skin may become thinner, a little saggy, and we may even begin to see wrinkles and fine lines starting to appear. Usually we will notice these problems on our face. However, our neck and jaw line can also start to get these same signs, and it is important to find the right neck cream to help firm and tighten the neck area while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Using a wrinkle cream for you face may not work as well on your neck. via Best Neck Tightening Creams – Turkey Neck Firming Cream Reviews.

 Some of the best natural ingredients to look for when buying a night cream for neck tightening are: Cynergy TK, Manuka honey, Avocado extract, Shea butter, and special emollients for nighttime use.via Tighten
Sagging Neck Skin: Best Natural Skin Care Products and Neck Firming Tips  Health Tips 2013
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Protecting your Skin even if you wear sunscreen daily, you should take a few more steps for protecting your skin besides using the right neck skin care products. Avoid make-up and perfume on the neck and be careful about the weather when you wear jewelry. Even silver and gold can leave black marks when worn for extended periods of time on humid days. When you know your skin will be exposed to a lot of moisture,opt for pearls, bends and enamel jewelry. via Aging Gracefully: Neck Skin Care Tips.

helpful neck picI hope this is helpful!

Face Rules & Beauty Secrets FYI

hairblues_secrets2  As a BabyBoomer,  (BB) I am often in conversation with other BB’s who are looking for ‘aging remedies’ LOL. But seriously, what are we to do?  Just give in?  Buy the latest and greatest product and expect a miracle to happen?  Well, it turns out that there are some suggestions, which do not cost a great deal of money, and are definitely worth trying.  Following are some ideas that I learned from a book a BB friend sent to me, which relate to face care.

Habits that will save your skin, which are fairly simple:

  • Making sure your hands are clean before you wash your face so you don’t transfer bacteria.
  • When you put cleanser on, massage it into your face and let it dissolve the impurities.
  • Use cotton to wipe away your cleanser  (instead of a cloth).  Someone once told me that it’s best to do this because face cloths and tissues are more rough to the skin.  Especially the eye area.
  • Mineral water will plump up your skin if you spritz your face after cleansing it,  and before you moisturize it. For up to 12 hours!
  • Toner does refresh your skin.  However, you should avoid alcohol-based toners. Choose witch hazel for oily and problem-prone skin, rose-water for dry skin, and chamomile water for normal and sensitive skin.
  • Facial scrubs do help to remove dead skin cells, they also leave skin firm and smooth.
    • Instead of using pads, create your own scrub:  Add sugar to your cleanser and massage it on your damp skin !  Try it once a week.

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In future posts, I will be covering some of the wonderful suggestions I found in this book, but if you’re eager to learn earlier, check out the book:  Face 100 makeup moves, by Carol Morley and Liz Wilde.

I hope this is helpful! 🙂

hair slave

hair slavery

appointment it,

perm it ,

curl it,

hat it

protect it,

gel it, sell it,

braid it,

unbald it,

buzz it,

bald it,

lace wig it,

unfrizz it

every six-week it,

straighten it,

texturize it,

natural it,

French roll it,

dry it then un-dry it

adorn it,

Biotin it,

bonnet it,

hairnet it,

volume it,

French braid it.

beauty parlor it,

kink it,

dye it,

ribbon it

brush it,

scarf it,

condition it,

cut it,

dermatologist it,

Bosley it,

weave it,

freshen it,

shampoo it,

transplant it,

rogaine it,

minoxidil it,

grow it….

Good genes it!

Are you a slave to your hair?

Remnants of old hairdos & makeup

beauty_remnants Is beauty truly only skin deep?

Are these things that are happening essentially ordained?

gifts … of a well (or not well) – lived long life …
Are we forcing ourselves to bear chains to a time
that essentially has already passed?

Never to return again.

Or, might it be that as we age, we simply refuse to accept what is happening to our hair, looks, body …

Moreover, doctor cuts, facepaint, pulled back eyelifts,

chin tucks,  various creams and knives etc.

no matter how many fixes, brushes, paintings, shadows, lippaints we buy

this new canvas we employ

can not stop age nor its onslaught …

Might it be that we are forcing ourselves

to reject our next stage of beauty?

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What do you think?

Ethical Beauty . . .

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Ethical Beauty – what does that mean to you? For some people it means using beauty products that are not tested on animals. That certainly is a consideration. However, what do you know about Ethical Hair? As I purchased groceries in the supermarket today, I observed 3 youngish women who had weaves.  I wondered if they knew whether the hair they donned so beautifully had come from a source, which was using an ethical business model.

beauty_got ethicsWhose hair is it anyway that we are buying, and who is getting the business?  Chris Rock discovered a $9 billion industry, and that was in the year 2009!   Yes, “the real hair for sale industry” is presently one of the largest businesses in the United States.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

For those of you who care about the source of  human hair you buy, below are some of the things I discovered as I searched for information about “ethical hair”.  As always, at the end of the paragraph, click the link for more detailed information.

Great Lengths sources their hair from the Hindu Temple, Tirumala, where the traditional religious ceremony “tonsuring” is practiced. Entire families (men, women, children, grandparents) make the pilgrimage to the temple to voluntarily have their heads shaved. This act of thanksgiving typically takes place before or after a momentous, joyful event. via Our Hair Source | Great Lengths.

Great Lengths Introduced their Setting Fair Standards Stamp. Setting Fair Standards Criteria:

  • Every strand has been donated willingly and with the full consent of the donor
  • The donor has been treated with respect and care
  • A fair and reasonable price is agreed for the hair and the money used to procure the hair is used solely for charitable endeavours, not for personal or individual profit
  • A company representative procures the hair to cut out unreliable middlemen and ensure full and direct knowledge of the hair’s origin
  • Exclusive in-house production process is used from      procurement of the hair to wholesale selling the extensions to ensure full traceability via Hair extensions | Setting Fair Standards.

♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

I realize that many of my readers may not live in the UK, so I checked a little further for a salon in the US that might be able to give you more information. One of only five certified in all 3 Great Lengths Hair Extensions in the US, and the only one in the NYC, New York Area. via Great Lengths | NYC Hair Salon Blog.

I hope this is helpful.  Stay beautiful!

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