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Age 27, Female
10 Commandments of Sinfully Rich Hair Color
Tempted to try a DIY dye job? Whether you're headed toward blonde, red, or brunette, don't even crack open the box until you've read these expert tips.
1. HONOR THY hue
"Use your current color (even if it's dyed) as a gauge when selecting your formula-and never lighten or darken your hair more than two shades at one time," says Rachel Glenn of Chicago's Prink Salon.
2. THOU SHALT KEEP THY cool
Lightening tresses with a "warm" formula may leave you brassy. "Opting for a color described as 'cool' or 'neutral' is a safer bet for first-timers," says Jason Backe of Manhattan's Ted Gibson Salon.
3. THOU SHALT NOT skimp ON DYE
Imagine running out of dye halfway through color application. Not good. The amount in most kits is sufficient for the "average" head of hair (about shoulder-length). So, cautions Patty Slattery, director of L'Oréal Technical Center, "If your locks are longer or very thick, stock up."
4. THOU SHALT SPLURGE ON tools
The application tools supplied by most kits are pretty flimsy. If you want the job done right, says Backe, pick up pro tools at any beauty-supply store.
RECOMMENDS: SPONTEX VINYL GLOVES, COLOR TRAK CADDY BOWL AND BRUSH
5. HONOR THY strand test
Save yourself after-color anguish (and a hefty color-correction bill) by doing a strand test on your underlayer before coloring your whole head, says Slattery.
6. THOU SHALT touch up WITH CAUTION
"Mismatched roots and ends are a dead giveaway that you dye your own hair," says Backe. "This happens when dye dribbles down from the roots and oversaturates already-colored ends." Better to get a friend-or a three-way mirror-to help you confine dye to the regrowth area. Need to refresh the rest of your hair, too? Wait until the last five minutes of the process, then run color down the shaft.
7. THOU SHALT NOT trash THY TRESSES
"The more you baby your hair, the better it maintains new color," says Slattery. So choose shampoos formulated for color-treated tresses and deep-condition at least once a week.
RECOMMENDS: KÉRASTASE REFLECTION BAIN MIROIR SHAMPOO AND CHROMA REFLECT MASQUE
8. THOU SHALT age GRACEFULLY
"To cover grays, choose an allover shade that falls between your new silver strands and the color you had as a child," says Slattery. "This softens your face and camouflages regrowth."
9. THOU SHALT CODDLE THY curls
Coloring curly hair is a delicate business, says Ouidad, of Manhattan's Ouidad Salon. Because it's naturally dry and porous, it absorbs color faster and is more susceptible to damage than straight strands. Ouidad says to dilute the dye by replacing a quarter of the activator with distilled water. Then proceed as usual.
10. THOU SHALT play THE COLOR FIELD
"Hair color is like an accessory," says Marcy Cona, Clairol's color director. "Play with shades lighter, darker, or redder than you usually choose. You might make a pleasant discovery." For real commitment-phobes, try a tinted gloss or washout color-enhancing foam.
RECOMMENDS: MATRIX SHADE MEMORY FOAMS, JOHN FRIEDA LUMINOUS COLOR GLAZE
Age 27, Female
backcombing dos and donts & removal
Listed below are some basic backcombing Dos & Don'ts:
1. Divide and conquer.
Select smaller sections of hair 1-2" in width to get a compact, tight base. Focus on the root area and pack the hair tightly towards the scalp to achieve a strong base to for a bigger overall style.
2. Be consistent
Use the same method of teasing or backcombing to get a uniform look. Whether you decide to use small sections or large sections of hair, be consistent for the entire process.
3. Use good tools
A fine toothed comb is usually recommended although metal flea combs are often used by some hairdressers. Some hair types and textures respond better to being teased with a brush.
To achieve super fine teased roots some hairdressers will use a toothbrush.
Be willing to experiment with different types of styling tools to achieve the desired results.
4. Use good products
Remember to use good styling sprays or similar products to support the backcombed sections. While less may be more, when it comes to teased hairstyles, too little may not be enough.
5. Consider Sculpting Brushes
A sculpting brush is great for backcombing because it can add volume to short, textured styles that need some movement.
The sculpting brush works best for hairstyles that include short cuts, round layers and ultra textured outlines. Imagine creating choppy ends and razored perimeters.
6. Strokes Are Important
Use short strokes rather than long fluid strokes. Practice until you achieve the correct results. The key to backcombing is uniformity. Strive to make all the sections the same size and tightness.
7. Save Your Strands
When you are planning to create a backcombed style but have limited experience with hair teasing, consider practicing on wig strands to firm up your techniques. This will allow an opportunity to experiment without risking delicate tresses.
8. Aged Strands Tease Better
Keep in mind that freshly washed hair may be overly soft and slippery, making it challenging to tease or backcomb. If you prefer to work with newly washed hair limit your use of conditioners or other products that make strands slippery soft.
Improper strand handling can result in ragged strands and more split ends.
1. Avoid Excessive Backcoming
When you perform this type of hairstyling you are in essence creating a tangled web of strands designed as a base for an updo or other style. It is always best to save this type of extreme hairstyling for special events.
2. Consider Impact on Sensitive Strands
This type of hair treatment is not advised for any hair that is prone to breakage or damage. It is also not recommended for anyone trying to grow long, healthy strands.
3. Beware of Chemically Treated Hair
Some chemical treatments like relaxing and thermal reconditioning or chemical straightening can render strands more fragile than normal.
Remember that backcombing is not recommend for hair that is excessively fragile or prone to easy breakage.
4. Understand Detangling Issues
A tightly backcombed style can border on the tangles of a dreadlocked do. Removing tangles can often be problematic. Make sure you are prepared to put in the time involved to carefully detangle your strands after you tease them or rethink backcombing as an option.
5. Keep Teased Strands Dry
Avoid wetting down the newly teased hairdo. Water can intensify any tangles and make them virtually impossible to remove.
6. Preserve Health Of Longhair - Avoid Backcombing
Long hair can be risky to backcomb. Although teased long strands will create very big and puffy hair, it can rip, break or tear more easily.
Big hair can also be created through hair extensions or the temporary use of clip-on tresses. Consider these options first before risking damage to healthy long locks.
7. Temporarily Straighten Curls First
Curly or super wavy hair that is backcombed without first being straightened with a flat iron can be the worst type of style to detangle.
8. Cool, Dry Strands Only
Never, ever consider backcombing strands that are damp, wet, hot or warm. Hair must be 100% dry and cool to prevent excessive damage.
Instructions - Backcombing Steps
1. Begin by making sure that super curly or wavy tresses are flat ironed or blow dried straight. Although curls and waves will create major height and volume, they will also have a tendency to be more easily damaged. Avoid backcombing hair that has any natural texture to prevent excessive tangling.
2. If hair is flat ironed before it is backcombed, be sure that the strands are 100% cool before teasing. Strands that are still warm or hot will break or rip easier.
3. Begin by using a soft boar’s head brush or similar natural bristle brush to make sure that all knots and tangles are completely removed from all strands before backcombing. Never backcomb strands that are not first detangled completely.
4. Using a rattail or metal comb or teasing brush, part off a section of hair from the rest of the strands. Clip the remaining hair out of the way.
5. Using your hands in conjunction with a comb or brush, gather a small section of hair approximately 1-2 inches in thickness.
Note: Use smaller strands for tighter results or larger strands for looser results.
6. Hold the ends of the new section straight up and out from the scalp with one hand. In essence you will be backcombing your strands in the opposite direction from its natural growth pattern.
7. With the other hand, run the comb down the length of the hair from the end towards the base of the scalp in short, sharp and uniform strokes.
8. If you don't achieve enough teased hair or height in the first pass, repeat the process until the hair has the right fullness, height and texture.
9. Spray newly teased sections with a firm hold hairspray.
10. Once the first section is completely teased, pick up the next section of hair and repeat the process until all of the desired sections of hair have been completely backcombed.
11. Use a firm hairspray to completely spray all of the teased hair when the backcombing is complete.
12. Using both hands carefully smooth the teased hair back in the opposite direction making sure there is a lot of height in the desired area of the hair.
Always take as much time as necessary to remove the backcombing. Never shampoo or stick your head in the shower until after you have carefully removed the style. Water will cause the hair to tangle further making removal of the hair nest more difficult, if not impossible.
Use a 100% boar's head cushion or paddle brush. Separate the hair into small sections. Work slowly and carefully from the ends of the hair up towards the scalp. Avoid tugging or impatience. Take as much time as necessary and work methodically from side to side.
After a major backcombing session remember to step up your normal conditioning and deep conditioning treatments. When possible, give your hair a rest from continual backcombing
Age 27, Female
beach to bar
Holidays can be tough on your hair, here's how to make the shift from beach to bar seem effortless...
Award-winning hairdresser Steven Goldsworthy recommends using your natural parting to divide hair into two sections. Starting at the front on one side, divide hair into three sections and begin plaiting, picking up additional hair with each crossover as you work back towards the nape of the neck – rather like with a French braid technique. Continue plaiting almost to the ends of the hair before securing with a covered elastic. Repeat the process on the other side of the head.
To switch to a sexily tousled look for evening gently unpick the plaits, being careful not to brush or comb through as this will pull out the waves. Finish by applying a very small amount of serum to smooth the ends and give a high shine.
To achieve this cute holiday look follow Steven Goldsworthy's tips. Apply mousse to damp hair to create hold, then divide the hair into eight even sections – three across the front, three across the middle and two at the nape. To create each knot, take one section between the fingers like a ponytail and begin twisting from roots to ends. Continue twisting until the hair buckles in on itself like a ravelled up phone cord. When it folds naturally into a tight knot, secure with a grip. Twist all eight sections in the same way for a funky beach style that will look great even if you're a bit of a water baby.
For an evening transformation carefully untwist each section and loosen with your fingers. Don't brush or comb through. Instead comb through the underneath with your fingers, mist the style with hairspray and attach a summery hair accessory.
Day to night ponytail
Tim Scott-Wright, Clynol Creative Partner and current Midlands Hairdresser of the Year suggests putting a bit of thought into your pony to create a fiesta feel. If you're short of time and short of ideas, just blowdry the front sections and tie hair back in a loose, half up, half down ponytail which is soft and fluffy and gives your neck protection without it feeling much too hot. Then it's just a case of grabbing your camera if sightseeing's on the agenda or your beach towel if it's sunbathing.
'Putting a bit of thought into your pony will create a fiesta feel. If you're short of time, just blowdry the front sections and tie back in a loose, half up, half down ponytail' For nighttime up the glamour stakes by gathering your surf splashed locks into a loose side ponytail. Apply Clynol's Massive Volume Spray, £7.05 (01296 314100) add a low zigzag parting and, sweeping hair over to the opposite side, backbrush it a bit for some sexy '60s volume. Secure the ponytail on the side just south of the earlobe. Wrap one of the underneath strands around the base of the ponytail and secure in place with a grip for that authentic catwalk hair vibe.
Sea urchin short
Short and cropped styles will look and feel thicker after a dip in the sea, thanks to the salt residues. Tim Scott-Wright recommends leaving hair to dry naturally and then emphasising the texture by creating a separated, 'piecey' feel with Clynol's Fibreform Shaping Gum, £8.10. Wearing a scarf wrapped around the head bandana style not only looks hip, but will also protect hair and scalp from too much sun.
For evening, spice things up with more of a wet look, would-be surf-soaked finish. Create the effect using a good quality wax or gel wax. Apply strand by strand and dress hair back from the face to create a really clean finish.
Age 27, Female
expert tips for hot summer hair
expert tips for hot summer hair Squeaky clean
'It's important to invest in a good cleansing shampoo over the summer months. Use this prior to conditioning to prevent your conditioner sealing in the impurities
'For me, the definitive summer hairdo is the ponytail. If you're feeling adventurous, part hair on one side, sweep hair over to the other and secure into a side ponytail instead. Whichever variation you choose you'll look great and be protecting your hair at the same time. Add a hair accessory for the perfect summer look
'Take advantage of the sun lightening your roots, but protect the ends, as these tend to get bleached a lighter colour anyway. Tie hair back loosely at the nape of the neck and tuck the ends under with a snag-free band.'
'Sporty is the practical look for the season with a return to short gamine cuts with broken edges and cropped fringes. These cuts require strong colour bases - preferably all over colours for impact. They're perfect for a quick dry result with a touch of styling product
'Use conditioning treatments regularly to really boost moisture levels and prevent hair becoming frazzled. If you are prone to greasy hair - which can be aggravated by hot weather - just concentrate the treatment on the ends and not on the roots at all. Leave the treatment on your hair for upwards of 20 minutes to really get the moisture deep into the hair. Make sure you rinse it out properly to avoid any residues being left behind which can make hair limp and heavy very quickly.'
'Don't leave it until you're on holiday to provide your hair with sun-protection; the same rays are working away while you're getting on with your daily life. The best treatment to maintain healthy locks is to shampoo and condition regularly – with perhaps a slightly richer conditioner when you're on holiday.'
'With all this talk of ponytails being the hot summer look, don't ever be tempted to pull soaking wet hair into a tight ponytail as it's significantly weaker than when it's dry and it will stretch almost to breaking point, especially if fine or coloured. And always use snag-free bands to avoid breakage. You'll find these at pharmacies and supermarkets.'
'If you want classy, but not boring, summer hair, ask your hairdresser for a long, texturised, blunt-cut bob. It's very versatile and suits most hair types and face shapes – except long, as it elongates the face even more. The beauty of this cut is that it looks great left to dry naturally as the layers help it to fall into place. You can add texture with a little modelling wax or putty. It can look fashionable and professional in the workplace and for nights out the layers can be emphasised with product for a funky finish.'
Less is more
'After spending ages on your hair you don't want to ruin it at the finishing stage so use one finishing product and use it sparingly! My favourite has to be L'Oréal tecni.art Liss Control, £10.50. Rub a small amount between your palms and then gently smooth over the hair, concentrating on the ends and any flyaway hairs.'
'This summer, preserve your hair's condition by choosing one straightening and one texturising haircare product for different finishes – use these more and heated appliances less and your locks will love you for it.'
'For hip-looking summer hair, you've got to commit to a fringe. Overnight you'll have a truly directional look and you can leave the rest of your hair to more or less look after itself – perfect for holidays and festivals.'
Wash and glow
'When you live in the city, everyday shampooing is a must. Like your liver, your hair needs a regular detox, so use a good brand of clarifying shampoo an,d twice a week, use a second shampoo – either protein or moisturising – after your usual clarifying shampoo.
Age 27, Female
Get the Best Cut for Your Face Shape
if your face is oval
Even proportions make oval faces especially versatile. "This is not a shape that needs to rely on a hairstyle to add softness or balance," says Charles Worthington of Charles Worthington Salons in London and New York City.
Your best cut: From a cropped cut to a blunt bob to longer, layered styles, virtually anything goes. However, some oval faces tend to be on the long side. If you fall into this category, Worthington suggests adding long bangs, like Tyra Banks's (above), to visually shorten the distance from the forehead to the chin. Cheek-length layers will also help balance a longer oval shape.
Parting words: Just like the cuts, when it comes to parts, most will work well. Worthington recommends a sharp center part for a chic look. Or, you can break up a long oval face by parting your hair to one side. The longer your face, the more off-center the part should be.
If your face is round
Since full cheeks can conceal even the best bone structure, a round face can lack definition. "Very short cuts and cuts with a lot of volume on the sides only emphasize fullness," says Kat, a stylist for Bumble and Bumble in New York City.
Your best cut: Styles with face-framing layers and choppy bangs can slim a full face and create the illusion of cheekbones. If you like short hair, try a bob with razored ends and cheek-grazing pieces, like Renée Zellweger's (above), which breaks up the roundness and adds angles where they don't naturally exist. If short is not your thing, aim for looks that fall to the chin and longer. The extra length will help elongate a full face, making it appear more oval.
Parting words: A slightly off-center part works best, as it offsets roundness, but a center part (paired with one of the above-mentioned styles) can draw the eye up, giving your face the appearance of a longer shape.
If your face is square
"For square shapes, it's all about softening the edges," says Worthington. He recommends avoiding "sharp" cuts, like angled bobs or styles with blunt-cut bangs, which can emphasize an already-broad forehead and chin.
Your best cut: Long or short? It's up to you. "Pretty much any length will work, as long as you add shorter pieces to frame the face," says Kat. To accomplish this, ask your stylist for a cut that incorporates graduated layers, razored ends or long, piece-y bangs to soften the strong lines of your jaw. If your hair is naturally curly, play up your waves à la Salma Hayek (above). The loose ringlets help to balance out your face's boxiness.
Parting words: Your best bet is to experiment with your part to find its most flattering location. A center part looks great paired with angle-softening curls. Or, try one that's slightly off-center to blur the bold edges of a square face.
[edited on February 8, 2008 at 7:40 pm]
Age 27, Female
Hair - Pump Up Your Volume!
1 Cleanse carefully: Use volumizing conditioner and shampoo (even if you have curly hair) and apply conditioner only to ends. "These products are formulated explicitly not to weigh hair down," explains London-based stylist Peter Gray.
Try: Dove Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner
2 Give your roots a boost: "Everyone can benefit from a root lifter," says celebrity stylist Harry Josh. Apply the product before blowing dry, from midshaft to root ‑- unless your hair is fine, in which case you should aim for the base of your roots only.
Try: Aveda Volumizing Tonic
3 A better blow-dry: For maximum oomph, lift sections of hair toward the sky as you blow-dry, directing hot air toward your scalp. This "cooks" the roots and dries them in an upright and lifted position.
4 Upside-down is not a do: Flipping your head over to blow-dry gives your hair width (think Bride of Frankenstein), not height (think Gisele), notes Josh.
5 Learn to back-brush: Instead of teasing your tresses with a comb (a surefire way to get volume, even if your locks are limper than yesterday's linguine), use a flat-backed brush, which will damage your hair less since the bristles are spaced apart more widely, says Gray. His favorite brand? Mason Pearson.
6 Try a tail: If you have natural volume but can't quite seem to rein it in, New York City-based Aveda stylist Ted Gibson suggests a look he calls "The Puff" (see model at far right). Start with a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, then apply a cream-based styler. Next, diffuse your wet locks and gather into a high pony. The result? Sexy but subdued body.
Try: Matrix Biolage Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioning Balm, Redken Contour 08 Shaping Lotion
7 Mist, don't douse: The ultimate volume slayer: heavy hairspray. If you must use a finishing product, Gibson recommends spritzing it into the air and walking through the ensuing cloud. Or, spray it onto your hands and then run them over your tresses.
Try: Suave Professionals Flexible Hold Finishing Spray
8 Exaggerate your ends: If your hair is curly or wavy, you tend to have body at your roots and straggly ends. For balance, Kerry Warn, who has styled volume vixen Nicole Kidman, often blow-dries hair straight first, then adds body back in using a curling iron or rollers from midshaft down.
Age 27, Female
Hairstyles That Hide Flaws
Skip a chin-length bob -- which only accentuates roundness -- and opt for a longer, layered style to elongate and slim your face.
Spray your roots with volumizer, then lightly tease the hair at your crown to draw the eye upward -- and balance your features.
Invest in mousse, Velcro rollers or a blow-dryer -- whatever it takes to achieve bigger hair and visually broaden your face and eyes.
Cut long fringe to bring the eye toward the middle of your face, emphasizing your nose and mouth and making your eyes appear closer.
Experiment with graduated layers that start at your cheekbones and long, side-swept bangs to both shorten and widen your face.
Age 27, Female
highlights and lowlights
What's the difference between highlights and lowlights? Which is best for my hair color and skin?
Many women I see over-highlight their hair. Highlights should complement your natural color, so I often use lowlights to tone them down and temper the frosted look. Lowlights help create a vibrant hair color that brings out your skin tone and eye color. Your hair color should never detract from your complexion, and too many highlights can make your skin look faded. I recommend adding lowlights every third time you get your hair highlighted. They will help blend your highlights with your natural color, and you won't have to run to the salon with dark roots every six weeks.
Which is right for you?
Natural blondes have more range in terms of highlights and don't have to adhere firmly to the three-shade rule. Gold and copper lowlights are best, especially for blondes with very fair skin. They prevent the color from becoming brassy and won't wash out a pale complexion. When mixing highlights and lowlights, the colors should be well blended and natural. Also, don't have the back of your head highlighted too heavily. The sun naturally lightens the front of your hair, so highlighting too much in the back will detract from the natural feel of your color.
Generally, going a little darker in winter is best. Darker lights are better for skin that is often paler in winter and won't drain the color from the face. In summer, try a lighter color of highlights. It's best not to attempt highlights and lowlights at home. Unlike single-process color, it's a customized process. Each shade must be carefully blended to enhance your hair color and complement your skin tone.
Women with dark hair should not go more than three shades lighter than their natural color with highlights. In terms of lowlights, tones of red and tortoise (a blend of copper and gold) colors work best. When brown hair lightens naturally, it has to go through shades of red first. Thus red lowlights make highlights look much more natural on brunettes.
Age 27, Female
How to Use Pictures of Hair Styles to Find Your New Look
Most people choose their new hair style by looking at a picture of a hair style or browsing hair style photos. This can be a great way to find the perfect look, but there are some guidelines that you should keep in mind when looking at pictures of hair styles. Doing so can help you avoid hair disasters and guarantee that you come out looking like your chosen hairstyle picture.
You can find pictures of hair styles in style books and portfolios found at most salons, in fashion magazines, and in online hair style photo galleries. All of these ways can give you numerous ideas and a picture of hair style that you can carry with you to discuss your new style with your beautician. By seeing a picture of hair style, both you and your stylist can have a realistic expectation of what your new style will look like and how to achieve it.
Have you ever found the perfect hairstyle picture only to come out of the salon looking nothing like the woman in the picture? Most blame it on their stylist. While part of the blame can be put on the stylist for not pointing out your picture of hair style blunder, most often the blame lies with choosing the wrong hairstyle picture to compliment your face shape and hair texture.
A picture of hair style is a representation of what the woman in the hair style photo looks like with a particular style. You can not realistically expect to look like the picture of a hair style because you are not that woman; your hair and structure are different. But you can selectively choose your pictures of hair styles and eliminate the ones that would be disastrous for you by following a few pointers.
1. When browsing through pictures of hair styles, be sure to pay extra attention to the type and texture of hair that the lady in the hairstyle picture has. Is her hair coarse, thin, wavy, or straight? Try to find pictures of hair styles with hair types that closely resemble your own. Keep in mind that a picture of a hair style may look great with a particular model because she has thick and naturally curly hair, but the same hair style may not look so great on someone with thin, limp hair.
2. Often, pictures of hair styles are taken of models with perfect bone structures. It is very rare that you find a picture of hair style with a model trying to conceal a too-high hair line, prominent nose or under-developed chin. If you have features that you wish to highlight or diminish, pay special attention to the style in the picture of hair style. Would the style in the picture of hair style compliment your features or take away from them?
3. Use an interactive online photo gallery. You can upload your photo and use it to test how you might look with lots of different hair style photos. This is a great way to "try before you buy" to avoid expensive mistakes when you go to the salon.
Once you find a few hair style photos that you think are perfect for you, ask your stylist for her opinion on your chosen pictures of hair styles. He or she will be able to tell you without a doubt whether or not your selected hair style will be picture perfect for you.
Age 27, Female
My Name Is Curl
If dread of hair hangovers is making you lose sleep, pile it all on top of your head before bed "and spare yourself frizzy knots in the a.m.," says Ted Gibson, owner of the eponymous New York City salon — and hair guru on this shoot. Gibson also promises Catherine Zeta-Jones-caliber curls the moment you unpin and release
Can't locate a brush? Oh, your mate just shaved his head... Okay, flip your hair over and tousle roots and locks with your fingers: insta-volume. "Once you're upright, twist just the ends around your fingertips," says Gibson. "You'll be amazed at the body."
The Great Unwashed
Updos actually do better sans a daily shampooing — so no worries if one's not on the sked. Gather hair at the nape and twist upward toward your crown. Slip a few bobby pins into the sides to secure the strays. Off to work? Paper clips can get the job done, too
Liberate yourself from the notion that you can't use his lotion or gel — or, if your man's a metro, his hairspray. Men's products tend to be formulated for superior hold, anyway (they don't include as many gentle — ahem, color-preserving — ingredients as women's do), so you can really effect some high-style looks. Grab his comb, smooth your bangs, then tease the back of your hair. Bonjour, Brigitte Bardot!
Age 27, Female
Summer Hair Therapy
Sun, wind, salty sea air, chlorine—these are the sworn enemies of healthy, radiant hair. Stop damage before it starts by treating your follicles to the care and nourishment they deserve. There’s no time like the present, so read on for our favourite products and seasonal hair care tips.
If you’re out in the sun for long periods of time, wear a hat and protect your crowning glory–colour-treated hair, in particular, needs to be sheltered from UV rays. However, in small doses the sun is actually beneficial—it activates scalp circulation, strengthening hair and making it grow faster.
After swimming, be sure to rinse your hair in cold water, removing the chlorine from the pool or salt from the sea. Then apply a good conditioner; nowadays you can find products with SPF for even more protection—especially good for keeping your colour looking fresh.
Kiwi Deeptreat Mask by L’Oréal
The patented strengthening complex penetrates the hair cuticle; kiwi and sunflower extracts nourish while UV filters protect your colour from the sun. Apply to sun-damaged hair for deep repair.
Lait après-soleil by Kérastase
Immediate repair for hair damaged by UV rays, sea salt, and chlorine, thanks to ceramide and pro-vitamin B5.
Back to (hair) school
Revitalize your hair for the fall. You probably already know a good haircut can make your hair look healthier, by sniping off those split ends.
Apply conditioner, then wrap a wet towel (use hot water to dampen) around your head. Leave on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse; the heat and humidity will open the hair cuticles, allowing the product to penetrate deeply.
You can also raid your kitchen for hair care recipes. Try the same conditioning treatment above, but apply warm olive oil instead of conditioner and leave on for only five minutes before rinsing. You can also whip up a mask using mashed avocado, olive oil, and egg yolk. Yuck, you say? You won’t when you see the shiny results! You can also try mayonnaise to nourish damaged hair.
All Soft Heavy Cream by Redken
Avocado oil and olive oil condition and soften while protein strengthens. Detangles and controls frizz.
Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment by Aveda
Quinoa protein and pure plant oils heal, nourish, and soften, giving a healthy shine to even the most damaged hair. Protein infuses the hair shaft, to strengthen and repair.
Masquintense by Kérastase
This product gives dry, damaged hair new life, nourishing right to the roots. You can also find it in a version for fine or thick hair. The results are truly radiant!
Finally, here are some simple tips you can incorporate into your daily beauty routine, regardless of the season:
*Finish your hair rinse with a blast of lukewarm or cold water. This will close the hair cuticles, giving you softness and shine.
Age 27, Female
want to be a hair model
If you're interested in being a hair model you don't always get a choice in what is done to your hair. So if you are open to change (color and cut) most of the time it is free or at a minimal charge, then contact some of these salons.
I know at rain salon i got to chose what i wanted. Some places will let their apprentices bring you in as a model and do whatever you want, whereas others are cutting classes and you have to get your hair cut to the technique/style they are learning that day. You can always say no, and ask them if there's a hair class coming up that you might be interested in.
Feel free to call up local salons and ask if they ever need a hair model for cutting classes or if apprenctices need them.. ect. not all salons offer these classes.but if you do find a local salon that does.. post it here and i'll post more as i find more.
fill out an online application
Megahair and Zennkai
Contact Chantal at 604.583.4500 for more information.
1544 W 2nd Ave
604 - 733 - RAIN
Zazou Hair Studio
1252 Lynn Valley Rd. North Vancouver, BC
Monday after 10am is our training and education morning. Come out as a model and get a hair cut for $10 (allow 2 hours).
mall level 650 west georiga
want to be a hair model. call 604-738-0519
Hennessey Salon at Richmond Centre
604 482-3262 :
Sarah Ann (Ladies and Men
(i believe this one has classes also)
Yaletown at 1236 Richards St. Vancouver.
john casablancas - axis hair school
Suite 150 - 220 Cambie St. Vancouver,
BC, Canada V6B 2M9
Marvel hair school
P: (604) 642-0767
668 Seymour Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada, V6B 3K4
VCC - hair program
City Centre Campus
250 West Pender Street
RSH international college of cosmotology
Richmond Campus, 8057 Anderson Rd, 276-8202 for an appointment.
Maple Ridge Campus, 11922 227th St., 467-0222 for an appointment.
New Westminster Campus, 333 6th St., 520-3989 for an appointment.
jojis hair school
1126 Commercial Drive
V5L 3X3 Canada
Age 27, Female
Men’s Guide to Great Skin
Cleanser: To remove debris and pollution caused by the environment.
-Start by cleansing the skin to remove residue and dirt. Look for one that lubricates and has a nice foaming action.
-Next exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and to get rid of ingrown hairs. This helps the hair stand up for a smoother, closer shave.
Toner: Optional extra step. Beneficial in the summer.
Two-in-one: Moisturizer with sunscreen.
Sunscreen: Minimum SPF 15 for anti-aging.
Moisturizer: Calms the skin after shaving, softens and protects.
-Always choose a moisturizer for your skin type. If you have oily skin use one that’s light in texture and absorbs quickly.
-To combat shine on oily skin use oil absorbing sheets or invisible blotting powder. A little powder will take away shine without leaving any traces of colour.
-Don’t forget to moisturize the eyes and lips. These delicate areas need special attention.
Lip Balm: Softens, moisturizers and protects.
Body Lotion: Softens, moisturizes and protects. Takes the grey away. In the winter apply to knees, heels and elbows.
Scrub/Exfoliate: To rid the skin of dead skin cells, blackheads, and flakiness; 2-3 times a week in the shower. Don’t over rub!
Masks: To deep treat the skin. Use a clay based mask for oilier skin; cream masks for dry skin.
-Look for a razor with a triple blade for the closest possible shave. Change the blades regularly.
-Use a good shaving gel or lotion, one that is lubricating and has a thick formula that will adhere to your skin.
-Shave in the shower. The warm water will open up your pores and soften your beard. A trick to prevent your mirror from fogging is to apply some soap or toothpaste to the mirror surface.
Make-up for Men
To fix a fading tan or boost a listless complexion use bronzing gel mixed with moisturizer or use a powder matte bronzer.
-Shave after showering. Skin is softer, beard bristles standup, shaving is easier and more comfortable.
-Apply creams to moist damp skin for better penetration.
-Have a styptic stick handy for nasty nicks and cuts. Stops the bleeding.
-Get a professional facial. This is the best way to have your skin assessed and treated appropriately. Home care product recommendations are included.
Neutrogena Face Wash
Clarins Active Face Wash
Biotherm Non Drying Facial Cleansing Gel
Cetaphil with SPF 15 (The star!)
Kiehl’s Multi-Purpose Facial Formula for Men
Biotherm Homme Aquapower
Avene After Shave Balm
Aveda After Shave Balm
Biotherm Facial Exfoliator
Clarins Active Face Scrub
Neutrogena Men Skin Clearing After Shave Astringent
Kiehl’s Men’s Alcohol-Free Toner
Avene Shave Foam
Clarins Smooth Shave
Biotherm Sensitive Skin Close Shave
Vichy Shaving Foam for Sensitive Skin
Kiehl’s White Eagle Formula
Neutrogena Skin Clearing Shave Cream
Aveda Rosemary Mint Shave Gel
Zirh Caly Masque
Clinique Non-Streak Bronzing Gel
MAC Matte Bronzing Powder
Age 27, Female
5 Ways to Beat Insomnia
If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, here are 5 important tips from the National Sleep Foundation that can help you restore a restful night’s sleep:
Follow a Regular Sleep Schedule
Ben Franklin always said, “Early to bed and early to rise keeps a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” Well, it turns out that Old Ben may have known what he was talking about. Because a person’s sleep-wake cycle is regulated by the "circadian clock" in the brain, having a regular time to go to bed and a regular time to wake up can be extremely helpful. Unfortunately, this means you should try to adhere to the same schedule on the weekends and avoid the temptation to sleep in.
Establish a Regular Bedtime Routine
In order to make sure that they adhere to the fundamentals of the swing, professional golfers follow a pre-shot routine before every stroke. You can do the same thing when it is time to go to sleep. Scheduling a relaxing activity away from bright lights just before it is time to go to bed may be the perfect way to keep your mind from racing. Instead of paying bills or arguing about problems late at night, why not take a hot bath or practice meditation?
Create a Comfortable Sleep Environment
First of all, take the computer and television out of your bedroom. Remove bright lights and stop reading in bed. Instead, use the bed only for sleep and sex, in order to create the right kind of associations in your mind. And speaking of your bed, make sure you have a comfortable mattress and plenty of pillows. Most quality mattresses only last for about nine to 10 years before they need to be replaced. Check the bedroom for heat, noise and any other distractions that may interrupt your sleep. You may want to install a ceiling fan, wear ear plugs or listen to white noise.
Adopt an Exercise Regimen
Though it is best to finish your workouts at least a few hours before you go to sleep, research shows that regular exercise contributes to sounder sleep. Just another great reason to make time for exercise! You should also finish eating at least three hours before bedtime and avoid drinking caffeinated beverages after 4 p.m. Oh, and you may think that drinking alcoholic beverages late at night will help you sleep, but they really won’t. Alcohol disrupts the body and doesn’t promote natural sleep.
Keep a Sleep Journal
The British poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge claimed that the poem "Kubla Khan" came to him in a dream. Though you may not win any literary awards for the contents of your bedside diary, it is important to keep a record of your sleep-related activities. Do you tend to wake up at the same time every night? Write it down. Are you waking up every hour on the hour? Write that down, too
Age 27, Female
6 ways to exorcise your ex
So you've just been dumped like yesterday's trash?
Instead of keying their car at midnight or sending them a singing telegram at the office, try employing some healthy strategies to get over them.
1. Operation Clean Sweep
Many women find cleaning their house or apartment is a calming experience during times of stress. Actually, it's something that both men and women can benefit from after a breakup. Research has shown that we actually become physically addicted to the pheromones secreted by the people we sleep with. You don't need that stuff messing with your head so throw out their cherished sweater, trash their toothbrush and wash everything they've ever slept on. If it's too painful to do yourself, make a pile and have a friend come by to dispose of the junk when you're not home.
2. The Pen is Mightier than the F-Word
A little venting to friends is OK. It's expected and a good friend can help give you perspective on the break up. But when you start complaining to your third cousin about something your ex did five years ago because they are the only person who will still listen to you, give it a rest. A great strategy for venting (without driving everyone around you crazy) is to keep a journal. This allows you to constructively rid yourself of vitriol and keep your friends friendly. Use it also as a tool to learn from your mistakes. You'll likely see a pattern of things you hated about this relationship. Once you recognize them, you can avoid repeating them with your next (fabulous) fling.
3. Rest in Peace
You feel like killing them. Obviously that's a bad idea, but you can pretend they're dead. Seriously, just make up a bizarre waxing accident or tanning-booth tragedy. Make it more realistic by getting rid of their stuff (as mentioned above) including mementos and letters. Also delete them from your email address book, mobile phone and buddy lists. It may even be a good idea to block their number and email address so they can't contact you. Why go to such lengths? First, so that you aren't tempted to backslide into tragic one-night stands, which only serve to reopen the wounds you are trying to heal. Second, so you can move on with your life without painful reminders of your ex at every turn.
4. Vengeance is Yours
You've likely heard it said that the best revenge is living well. Well it's true. Dreaming up ways to get back at your ex only serves to delay the healing you need to go through. It focuses you on negative emotions rather than finding positives in the break up -- like the new opportunities and freedoms it affords you. Instead of dwelling on the best way to hurt them, try being happy and making sure they know it. That's guaranteed to make them more miserable than anything you could ever dream up.
5. Spend Time with Friends
This may seem self-evident, but many people dealing with a break-up wrap themselves up in a protective cocoon. So don't sit at home crying over The English Patient for the 20th time. Reconnect with friends instead. Go out to restaurants and movies. Take long walks together. Consider a road trip somewhere. Not only will spending time with your amigos take the sting out of your loss, focusing on building relationships rather than ending them is good for your mental health.
6. Walk Naked Down Broadway
Do something you've always wanted to do. Go bungee jumping, drive an F1 car, take a salsa class, learn yoga. Small or large, it doesn't matter but just do it. Once again, it's all about moving forward instead of dwelling on the past. And, when you inevitably run into your ex on the street and they ask how you're doing you can tell them that you just got back from your African safari, but can't talk long because you'll be late for the tantric sex workshop. Then, as you sashay away smiling, they'll stare after you and realize what a huge mistake they truly made. Feels good, doesn't it?
Age 27, Female
10 Keys To A Healthy Lifestyle
The first key to keep in mind is making sure you have a daily plan.
If you have your daily plan written down with all of the details of your day, including the snacks you will carry with you and your meals for the day, you will be much more inclined to avoid the unhealthy foods and actions that may throw you off track.
If you can plan the activities, the errands and all the tasks you will be doing each day -- from the time you get up 'til the time you go to bed -- you will be keeping yourself busy on accomplishing what's on your daily planner, rather than spending time worrying about your weight or other things that may reduce productivity.
This can be one of the most powerful steps to living a healthy lifestyle because you'll be constantly looking at what you want to get done, instead of what you didn't do in the past.
The second key is to have written goals.
These may be the dreams you have, the things you want to do in life that you may have forgotten about. Many people have resigned to just living the same monotonous daily routine. Start by writing down your goals; no matter how outrageous they may seem, write them down. You need goals and dreams that could take you a lifetime to accomplish. Make sure they are meaningful so that when you read them and ponder their reality, you feel the motivation to get there. When you can get to that point, you have created significant goals and dreams for yourself!
The third key is to be sure your daily plan includes at least one action that moves you closer to your long-term goals.
If your daily actions only include those things you are now doing, then you keep getting what you have gotten. It's time to broaden your horizons by moving outside of your current comfort zone and doing something new, something different. By the end of the week, you should feel that you have moved a little closer to your dreams.
It may not seem like much in the beginning, but if you just focus on doing a little each day, then in only one year, you will feel more and more compelled to see your dreams become a reality. So be sure you are writing down and doing at least one task each day toward that reality.
The fourth key: Don't look back at where you've been, only where you want to go!
This complements having a daily plan. There's no time to look back at any tragedies, mishaps or unhappy times. There’s only time to create new memories, new experiences and happy times. With your plan, you are creating those things and not leaving yourself time to ponder the "what ifs" of the past.
Instead of asking, "How can I improve my job? How can I be a better spouse? How can I reach my goals? How can I improve world peace?" just ask yourself, "How can I?" Look at what contributions you can make for yourself and for others, today and tomorrow! In this way, you will keep looking ahead. Remember, no matter how tarnished your past, your future is spotless!
The fifth key is to leave excuses behind.
There are many reasons we have for not having what we want in life. It's not hard to find someone who can talk about the tough times, how rough things are or how difficult the boss is, but guess what? Everyone has hurdles to overcome. These hurdles can be the excuses that hold you back or the obstacle that you have to overcome to become stronger and more prepared for the next one. This goes along with leaving the past behind you, where it will always stay. Excuses are nothing more than seeing the difficulty ahead, instead of seeing beyond it to where you would rather be. The hurdle has to be there for you to gain a sense of fulfillment, for having overcome it to reach your goal!
The sixth key to a healthy lifestyle is to take full responsibility.
When it comes down to it, ultimately, you are the only one who can make things happen for you. That means you are the one who has to make the plan; you are the one who needs to perform the exercises each day; and you are the one who will overcome the hurdles to reach your goals. Many people will be a cheerleader or a coach, to try and steer you in the right direction and cheer you on, but it is your game. If you’re not playing the game, you may just be in the stands watching others as they try to achieve their goals. If you find yourself always looking to others who have what you want, you may be living in the stands. Start taking responsibility by taking action toward achieving those things you want.
The seventh key is to be aware of people or things that can divert your focus from your goals.
Does this mean ignore others and the help they may need? Certainly not, but realize that very often someone may approach you or want you to do something that is not really in the best interest of your health and your goals. Sometimes when we say no, we are really just saying yes to "sticking to" what's good and healthy. You not only will be empowering yourself to make the right decision, but also letting others know that your focus on living a healthy lifestyle is in their best interest, too, and maybe it will rub off on them.
Say no to the so-called "water-cooler" conversations at work that don't provide any productive outcome, just harm to those participating. Say no to the box of donuts that seem to show up at work in the morning, for what seems to be harmless socializing and eating with co-workers. Ask yourself if it's taking your attention away from building a healthy lifestyle or making a contribution to such lifestyle.
Be like the race horses with blinders on that can only see ahead and choose only to see what's healthy –- healthy for you, for your family or for your company. It may seem like you are alienating yourself, and you are, from what's not healthy. It's not easy taking the high road, but you'll be much happier in the long run.
Key number eight: Decide where you would like to be 20 years from now.
Are you doing what you are doing now, only older? Can you see from the goals and dreams you have written that you are carving out a new person who has had many new experiences? If you can visualize what your life will be in 20 years -- where you will live, the places you will have visited, the people you have come to know, the knowledge that you have gained, the positive changes that you have made for yourself and others -- you will really begin to see the potential that the years ahead can bring. Now, I'm not suggesting that everything will be exactly as you may envision, but it will give you a sense of what you truly are capable of and what you can look forward to. Both things will motivate you to keep moving in the right direction!
Key number nine: Surround yourself with other positive people.
It's great to belong to a support group for weight loss as long as you're not around the people who only want to talk about how hard it is. You want positive energy on your side, and the more you have, and the more positive energy you give, the stronger you will be. You see, being around someone who shares the same desire to live healthy does not increase the amount of good twofold; it increases it tenfold. You will feed off of each other's similar goals and desires and share things that have helped each of you.
My husband used to compete in triathlons -- where they swim a few hundred yards, then ride their bikes several miles, then run a few miles. Some people actually find this pleasurable! I asked him how he managed to complete such an event. His response was, "If it wasn't for all those other people pushing to get to the finish line, I may not have." If we are around people who push to reach their long-term goals, then we are more apt to reach ours. Find those people and stick with them!
The 10th key is to learn to love exercise and all physical activities.
There are so many forms of exercise and physical activity and so many ways to enjoy them that you should not have any reason not to do so. How many different places are there to enjoy taking a walk? The park, a museum, downtown, window-shopping in a mall, in your neighborhood and many more. How about the different types of exercise besides walking? There’s riding a bike, playing tennis, racquetball, lifting weights, jogging, kickboxing, aerobics, yoga, jazzercising, dancing, gardening, cutting the grass, painting, and my favorite, BodyPump.
If you have trouble exercising, try riding a stationary bike if you can. It's the easiest piece of equipment that you can use. Try different activities and exercises and find what you can really enjoy. Remember, these are the things that you want to be doing for the rest of your life.
Finally, the BONUS key to a healthy and fit lifestyle -- Don't ever stop believing that you are capable of more than what and who you are now! Your potential is limitless. With this attitude, you will constantly be able to improve upon your health in some way. If your mind can perceive it, and you can truly believe it in your heart, then you can achieve whatever you set out to acomplish.
The most effective plan available to help you realize the lifestyle changes that you desire is available exclusively at www.lifechanger.us. Don't place limitations on yourself. You'll never know until you try! So get busy.
LifeChanger...everything else is just a diet.
Age 27, Female
13 Foods That Can Kill
The recent spinach scare, which currently has sickened more than 170 people and killed at least one, has opened our eyes to the dangers of food-borne pathogens. But E. coli isn't the only germ you should be worried about.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 76 million Americans will suffer from food-borne illness, and at least 5,000 will die this year. Children, the elderly and those with compromised immune systems are at the greatest risk.
Symptoms of food-borne illnesses include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever, blood or even pus in the stool, headache, vomiting and severe exhaustion.
Be aware: Sometimes symptoms may appear as early as a half an hour after eating; other times, it could take several days or weeks.
Follow these simple tips for safer eating:
1. Lettuce: Because it is grown so close to the ground, it can come into contact with manure or irrigation runoff, putting you at risk of contracting E. coli. When you buy lettuce, you should first discard the outer leaves. Then separate the inner leaves and thoroughly wash them. All raw fruits and vegetables can harbor disease-causing bacteria. Thoroughly wash any raw produce under cold running water before eating it. If appropriate, use a small scrub brush to remove any visible dirt. This is true even for organic fruits and vegetables.
2. Water: Contaminated water can be a major source of trouble, especially for those drinking from private wells or streams. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends that private water supplies be tested at least once a year for: nitrates, total dissolved solids and coliform bacteria, the presence of which (although it is generally harmless) may indicate other contamination. You may need to test more frequently and for more potential contaminants if a problem is suspected. In some places, people who get their water from a public utility receive a yearly consumer confidence report that analyzes the water. Read it.
3. Raw sprouts: Alfalfa sprouts, clover sprouts and radish sprouts have all been associated with salmonella and E. coli. Cook sprouts thoroughly to kill off the bacteria.
4. Unpasteurized juice, milk or cheese: Make sure you always purchase the pasteurized versions of your favorite products. Pasteurization kills bacteria. When you go to a juice bar, make sure the juices being served are pasteurized. Unpasteurized products have been linked to salmonella, E. coli and Listeria -- all of which can lead to death.
5. Moldy peanuts: Aflatoxins are by-products of common, naturally occurring mold growth on certain agricultural products such as peanuts, wheat, cereals and corn. Alfatoxins have been found to cause liver cancer in animal species. Check carefully for any sign of discoloration or mold.
6. Raw or undercooked shellfish: Shellfish, such as clams and oysters, must be cooked thoroughly. Any animal protein consumed raw or undercooked has an increased potential for causing illness.
7. Swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the EPA advise young children, women who are planning to become pregnant and pregnant or nursing women not to eat these fish. Swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish have much higher levels of methyl mercury than other commonly consumed fish. Mercury is most harmful to the developing brains of unborn children and young children, affecting cognitive, motor and sensory functions.
8. Caesar salad: Many restaurant or homemade recipes call for raw eggs in Caesar salad. Always ask if the salad dressing contains raw eggs.
9. Wild mushrooms: Portabella and shiitake lovers have no reason to worry. Just don’t go scavenging in your backyard. Only eat mushrooms you’ve purchased in the grocery store. A few common species of mushrooms are poisonous... and deadly.
10. Raw, homemade cookie dough. We're not talking about the prepackaged kind that many of us prefer to nibble on straight from the tube or tub. We're talking about homemade batter that's made with eggs. Raw eggs can be contaminated with salmonella, a food-borne illness that can prove fatal if untreated.
11. Rare hamburger. Hamburger and other ground meat should be cooked to at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent E. coli. Always use a food thermometer to ensure you've cooked the beef to a safe temperature. Avoid any restaurant entrée labeled "tartare" – it's raw.
12. Turkey and stuffing. Cooking stuffing in a turkey or chicken is a major no-no. The bird cooks both from the outside and the inside. When you stuff the bird, it reduces the heat penetration. Your best bet is to cook the turkey and stuffing separately. If you do choose to cook them together, make sure the temperature reaches at least 180 degrees Fahrenheit in the innermost part of the thigh while the center of the stuffing inside the turkey reaches 165 degrees. Bacteria can survive in stuffing that hasn't reached that temperature.
13. Shakes and eggs. A popular favorite these days is protein shakes. Unfortunately, they can do more harm than good when raw eggs are added to the mix. Once again, you're putting yourself at risk for salmonella when you consume raw eggs. Also, beware of sunny side up or runny eggs. The rule of thumb is to cook the egg until both the yolk and the white are firm.
Age 27, Female
Breast Cancer in Young Women
Young women have a tendency to think that breast cancer is a disease that mainly affects their post-menopausal counterparts. Although it is true that the risk of developing breast cancer increases with age, it does not mean that young women are immune to it. This year, over 4,800 young Canadian women (50 and under) will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and about 130 will die from it. Breast cancer can strike at any age and it’s the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 15 to 50. Knowledge, awareness and information are our best defense against this disease.
What are the risks?
Although the exact cause of breast cancer has yet to be found, there are several factors that put women (young and old) at risk for developing the disease:
• A specific gene defect (BCRA1/BCRA2 mutation).
• A family history of breast cancer; particularly in a close female relative like a mother or sister. The risk increases if the incidence occurred at a young age and if it affected multiple family members.
• A personal history of breast cancer or another breast disease.
• Lifestyle factors such as smoking, diet, obesity, and alcohol abuse (to name a few).
What’s the difference?
Younger women have a denser breast tissue, which makes it harder to find lumps.
By the time a lump is a found in a young woman’s breast it is usually bigger than one that would be found in her older counterpart.
A bigger lump means a more advanced, more aggressive cancer—which is tougher to treat and has a lower survival rate.
If something unusual is found in the breast, most young women (and sadly, their doctors) tend to ignore it, adopting the “I’m too young for this to be anything serious” attitude.
Young breast cancer survivors face issues that older survivors don’t, such as: fertility and pregnancy after treatment.
How to prevent it?
Breast cancer cannot be prevented, but early detection can significantly improve a woman’s chances of survival. The best way to detect it early is to make screening for breast cancer an essential part of every woman’s life, no matter her age.
How to screen for it?
Monthly BSEs are crucial for young women. Although they are not as effective as clinical exams or mammograms in detecting breast cancer, they do help the woman become aware of how her breasts normally look and feel, allowing her to promptly report any abnormalities to her health care professional.
Since early detection greatly increases the chances of survival, it is imperative that young women become familiar with their breasts. A self-exam puts the woman in touch (literally) with her breast on a regular basis.
In addition to monthly BSEs, it is vital that women under 50 get a physician-performed clinical exam at least every three years (women over 50 should get them annually in addition to a yearly mammogram).
A mammography is not a recommended screening tool for women under 40, as it often provides inconclusive results when performed on young breasts. In Canada, regular mammograms are available on a yearly basis for women 50 and older; however, a doctor may recommend starting mammograms at a younger age if a woman’s family history warrants it.
Age 27, Female
Calcium and Your Health
Calcium is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to building and keeping your teeth and bones strong, this mineral also regulates heart beat, blood pressure and helps with blood coagulation.
Why do you need calcium?
Although your body greatly relies on calcium, it is unable to produce it and therefore must count on food and supplements to deliver the required dose. If you don’t consume the necessary amount of calcium daily, your body will begin dipping into its calcium reserves (the bones) and take the quantity it needs in order to keep itself healthy. Over time, these calcium reserves will deplete, leaving your bones weak and susceptible to breaking.
Osteoporosis and you
Osteoporosis, literally “porous bones”, causes bones to become weak and brittle—so brittle that regular daily activities like walking, bending down, sneezing, etc., may cause fractures. The development of this condition is directly related the strength of your bones—which depends on how large and dense they become before you turn 35—and how quickly they weaken. With age, we all lose bone mass, especially post-menopausal women; but if you start off with bigger, denser bones, they will remain stronger, longer.
While genes play an important role in determining the size and density of your bones, you can help nature along by keeping your bones healthy. Here’s how:
Meet your daily calcium needs; dairy products are a great source of calcium, but be sure to also include almonds, beans, broccoli, kale, oranges and canned salmon in your diet, as they too are rich in calcium.
Here is how much you need:
male: 500 mg
Female: 500 mg
Number of Servings of Milk Products: --
male: 800 mg
Number of Servings of Milk Products: 2-3 per day
male: 1300 mg
Number of Servings of Milk Products: 3-4 per day
male: 1000 mg
Number of Servings of Milk Products: 2-4 per day
male: 1200 mg
Number of Servings of Milk Products:2-4 per day
Meet your daily vitamin D requirement; vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium.
Exercise regularly; engage in activities that make your muscles work against gravity.
Don’t smoke; smoking increases bone loss.
Limit your alcohol intake; alcohol reduces the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Do not exceed two alcoholic drinks per day.
Cut back on caffeine; two to three cups of coffee are OK if you eat a calcium rich diet.
Supplement your diet; if you are consistently struggling to meet your daily calcium needs, consider taking a calcium supplement with added vitamin D. Be careful: there is such a thing as too much calcium—it can cause kidney stones, constipation and nausea—but you can safely consume up to 2000mg of the mineral per day.
Age 27, Female
clutter free totes - organize your purse in 5 mins
Does carrying around your heavy purse drive you crazy? Does it take forever to hunt for your ringing cell phone amidst the chaos inside? Are you carrying around receipts and coupons from years ago? It is time to do something about it!
Empty the contents of your purse onto a table or floor:
- Sort in 4 piles: garbage, reallocation, keep in purse, to be filed
- Start with obvious trash items like candy wrappers, tissues, old business cards and papers.. Take it straight to the trash when you are done cleaning out the purse. Once the purse is free of garbage move onto to what you know you will keep in your purse.
- Items to Keep: These should include keys, wallet, sunglasses in case, cell phone, PDA device, working pen, gum (or mints) , floss if you like and a toothbrush. You might also require a small tissue packet and a lip balm/gloss or lipstick and one hairclip or tie. If you plan to keep makeup place it in a small Ziploc bag. You may also want either a brush or comb. In a smaller side pocket you might keep a small pack of medication or feminine hygiene products.
- Items to reallocate would be things like kids toys, lint rollers, extra pens, pads of paper, cassette tapes, extra hair clips, combs, brushes, hairspray
- File any receipts, documents, appointment cards etc. right away as to avoid losing them altogether.
**Store groups of items in small snack size Ziploc bags. This makes hunting for lipgloss easy when you aren't going through everything, but one bag.
Open up the wallet and do the same as you did with the purse.
- Remove any old coupons, receipts, papers, and throw them away.
- Find any appointment cards business cards that need to be filed and do so now. Find a home for foreign coins and bills.
- Keep all relevant cards, stamps, credit cards and your own country's currency in a small amount. Make photocopies of all important credit cards and documentation in case you lose something.
- Keep your purse and wallet organized by weekly going through it and removing receipts, trash, papers and cards that don't belong. Remove all the pens you collect and see if you can't make your purse lighter by dumping out the change and trading for bills at the bank or local coin changer. Store all baby and kids items in a separate diaper bag or knapsack as to not turn your handbag into a dumping ground.
Age 27, Female
condoms - a singles guide
Rubbers, Jimmy Hats, Love Gloves, Sheaths, and Safes. Whatever you call 'em, they're essential gear for swinging singles. Condoms have a 95% to 98% efficiency rate in preventing pregnancy and are 10,000 times safer than unprotected sex in preventing STDs. So if you're playing the field, keep one close at hand and you'll never have to worry when it comes time to score.
Eeeny, Meeny, Miny, Whoa!
Selecting your perfect rubber from the countless brands and styles on the market can be as tricky as finding the perfect date. There's size, cost, texture, lubrication, and expiry date (usually three to five years from manufacturing date) to consider. It really comes down to personal partiality. Do you prefer a dry, powdered condom over a slick, lubricated one? Do thicker condoms decrease the sensation for you? Do rippled or studded ones enhance your experience? Is the one-eyed trouser snake in question smaller or bigger than average (6.5 inches long, 5 inches around)? Do flavored or colored condoms turn your crank? Whatever your fancy, never opt for a novelty condom and make sure to choose an appropriate lubrication—as an example, oil-based lubes or, say, whipped cream, can deteriorate latex.
Animal Membrane Condoms
Humans have been using these mammalian doodads for centuries, but their popularity went soft in the '80s during the animal rights movement and, oh yeah, when research showed that their porous nature wasn't as effective in protecting against sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. Some people consider animal membrane condoms to be a baaaahd idea because they're more likely to tear than latex.
By far the most popular type of condom, latex rubbers are strong, cheap, thin, and flexible. They aren't foolproof, though: long, hard sessions of friction can cause tearing. Latex also degrades over time, so if you're not knocking boots regularly, they may expire and break down.
The newest material on the market, it's also the priciest. But you get more bang for your buck: polyurethane condoms are roughly twice as strong as latex, retain more heat, slip less, can be made extremely thin, and have no smell or taste. These babies are slightly less flexible than latex and so may require more lube (water- or oil-based). Ideal for the latex-allergic.
The Moment of Truth
It's hot. It's heavy. It's time to address the protection issue—a task that's not as easy as it sounds. Some claim it feels like self-incrimination ("He'll think I have something contagious"); others worry that they're insulting their bedmate ("I don't know where your willy's been"). Be direct and up front about using a condom. Both single guys and girls report enjoying nookie more when using protection—there's no nagging, guilty sensation or worry about pulling out in time. Better yet, that sheath may help the hard-on last longer. And there's certainly nothing wrong with drawing out the big finish.
My Love Glove Or Yours?
So who's responsible for bringing the condoms? Easy. You both are. In an ideal world, you'll have two sessions anyway and both can be used. There's nothing worse that being all riled up and excited for penetration only to discover that neither of you came prepared. Like food shopping when you're famished, making heat-of-the-moment decisions when you're horny can only lead to trouble. If you're both supplied and decide to use your lover's, volunteer to do the unrolling so that you can eyeball the expiration date and do a quick check for tears or punctures.
In case it's been a while since you watched sex ed videos in gym class, here are a few refresher pointers on condom usage. Condoms should be stored in cool, dry places, used once for each erection, and donned as soon as the penis is erect. Okay, so you knew that already. But did you know that pre-ejaculate carries enough swimmers to turn your party of two into a family, or that the liquid that oozes before and after ejaculation can transmit infection? Lubrication is to condom-wearing as oil is to engines, so make sure to apply a small amount of lube to increase sensitivity and to avoid tearing due to dryness. Don't forget the importance of disengaging carefully, while holding the base of the condom, before the erection fizzles. Finally, tie a knot in that non-recyclable trophy and hurl it in the trash, not the toilet.
Let the unsheathing begin.
Age 27, Female
energy in a bottle
More and more of us rely on sports drinks during our workouts for a quick energy boost and to quench our thirst. They’re easy to find in supermarkets, convenience stores, and at gyms everywhere. But do we really need these super thirst-quenchers before hopping on the treadmill? To give you a clearer idea of your fluid needs, divine.ca offers you seven commandments for workout hydration:
1. “Thou shall understand the importance of staying hydrated.”
Our bodies can lose between two to three litres of water during intense physical activity, so it’s vital to drink-- and drink lots. Dehydration during a workout actually thins your blood so that it can’t circulate effectively to your muscles and organs. It’s important not to wait until you’re thirsty to drink– thirst is a sign that your body is already dehydrated!
2. “Thou shall read the ingredients label.”It is crucial to know what sports drinks contain. According to sports doctors, the ideal drink contains carbohydrates, plus a tiny amount of salt (yes, salt!). When exercising, you lose precious salt minerals through the process of sweating that are needed for many bodily functions. So it’s important to replace the salt you lose. However, sodium shouldn’t comprise more than 5% of the ingredients in your sports drink, or you risk dehydration. As for carbs, they’re not just there for sweetness; they’re also a good source of energy. Again, you need to make sure that carbs account for only a small percentage of ingredients– in this case, not more than 8%. Anything higher could cause intestinal upset. So be sure to check out the label on that bottle and know what you’re buying!
3. “Thou shall know how much to drink.”
You need to stay hydrated before, during, and after your workout. It’s recommended that you take in 2.5 ml of liquid per pound of your total weight before you workout– that’s 325 ml for a woman weighing 130 lbs. During your workout, you should be drinking 1ml per pound every 15 minutes-- which means 130 ml every 15 minutes for a 130 lbs woman. After an intense workout you’ll need the same amount of fluid that you drank before you started exercising. So for every hour of exercise, a 130 lb woman should be taking in a bit more than one litre of fluid including before, during, and after her workout.
4. “Thou shall be aware of the effects of sports drinks.”For a prolonged workout, drinks like Powerade or Gatorade can improve performance and keep you going longer. These drinks also fight the fatigue that occurs after long periods of exercise. Another plus: sports drinks can help your body recover faster after your workout.
5. “Thou shalt not forget the importance of water.”
For many doctors, the best sports drink is a natural one: water. In fact, sports drinks are usually recommended for high-performance athletes only, or for very intense physical activity. So there’s no need to arm yourself with a shelf of high-performance sports drinks when you’re going for a jog around the block, or popping into the gym for a basic workout. Water is your best ally in those cases. However, if you’re taking part in a marathon hike or an actual marathon, it could be useful to pack something more energizing than just plain water. But if you find plain water, well, plain, sports drinks can be a good alternative; if you like the taste, you’ll probably drink more, and when it comes to hydration, that’s all that counts.
6. “Thou shall know which drinks to avoid.”
Despite the label claiming they’re “energy drinks”, products like Guru or Red Bull should be banned from your workout bag. High in caffeine, they actually dehydrate your body. Result: you’ll quickly lose energy as your workout progresses, and that’s not what you want when you hit the treadmill. Pass on carbonated, or sparkling water, too: they could upset your digestion.
7. “Thou shall mix thine own sports drink.”
Why buy sports drinks when it’s so easy to prepare them yourself? Here’s a simple recipe that will give you the pep you need for your workout. Mix 500 ml of orange or lemon juice with the same amount of water, then add a 1/3 of a teaspoon of salt. To boost the flavour, add a flavoured salt to your mix, like the French fleur de sel, which you can find in ginger, coriander, or lemon.
Age 27, Female
Female Success and the Cosmetics Industry
“I didn't get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”– Estée Lauder
Or Josephine Esther Mentzer, as she was known at birth. Makeup is all about reinventing yourself; just ask Helena Rubinstein, the shopkeeper’s daughter who founded a cosmetics empire in 1902, inspiring Lise Watier to do the same seventy years later.
Read on for our top 10 of women-led cosmetics companies and the classic products they launched
1.The Estée Lauder Company
Estée Lauder founded her eponymous company in 1937 and granddaughter Aerin Lauder is now director of creative marketing. The company recently relaunched its classic Youth-Dew fragrance, introduced by Estée in 1953, as the world’s first bath oil/perfume. When first launched, this perfume is said to be one of the first that women bought for themselves. Order yours online at www.esteelauder.com. Also worth checking out: Youth Dew Amber Nude, designer Tom Ford’s contribution to this famous fragrance family.
2. The Body Shop
Founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick, The Body Shop now has 2,100 stores in over 55 countries, offering a range of cruelty-free products using fairly-traded ingredients. The company is also a registered charity, and continues to draw awareness to social and environmental issues. The new, limited-edition Vital Brights collection is their latest spring makeup line. We love Brush-On Beads in Bronze and Buff, The Body Shop’s iridescent powder beads enriched with vitamin E and South African marula oil. Find it all, plus application tips at http://www.thebodyshop.com.
3. Bobbi Brown
The American makeup artist has just released a new book, entitled “Bobbi Brown Living Beauty”. Beginning in 1991 with a line of lipstick in flattering colours for all women, Bobbi has since launched her Foundation Stick, awarded the “Best Beauty Buy” award from In Style magazine (April 2007). As easy to tote around as it is to apply! Find the right shade for you at http://www.bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
We love their retro 1950s packaging and the famous Benetint lip and cheek gel. Twin sisters Jean and Jane Ford started with a makeup boutique called The Face Place in 1976, before launching the BeneFit line in 1990. You can find bestselling Benetint cheek and lip stain on sale at: http://www.benefitcosmetics.com.
5. Laura Mercier
French makeup artist Laura Mercier started her line in 1996. Mercier prefers a classic palette over seasonal trends, starting with healthy skin. Her Tinted Moisturizer protects skin from the sun and gives a sheer but flawless look. It’s a favourite with another empire-builder, domestic goddess Nigella Lawson. Angelina Jolie and Sarah Jessica Parker are also devotees of her Flawless Face system. Visit http://www.lauramercier.com, for store locations and application tips.
6. Lise Watier
Canadian Lise Watier founded her company in 1972, after reading a biography of Helena Rubinstein. Her fragrance Neiges (“snow” in English) has been Quebec’s bestselling fragrance since its introduction in 1993, and Watier’s line is now available in Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. Watier has expanded her empire to include several locations of Institut Lise Watier, which are full-service beauty salons. You can order her alcohol-free fragrance for kids, Premières Neiges, as well as all her other products at http://www.lisewatier.com.
Stila’s Major Lash Mascara in black (what else?) is the must-have product from makeup artist Jeanine Lobell, who launched her line in 1994, embracing environmentally-friendly packaging and eschewing animal testing. Equally famous are Convertible Colour, her creamy translucent colour for lips and cheeks, and her elegant, girly packaging. http://www.stilacosmetics.com
8. Helena Rubinstein
Demi Moore is the face for the new “Age Brilliantly” campaign, wearing Wanted Lip Gloss in Hollywood Doll. Microspheres promise to plump your lips in this new line of high-shine glosses. Not surprising; Madame, as she was known to her employees, was the first to use science in the war against aging. http://www.helenarubinstein.com
9. Iman Cosmetics
Somali supermodel Iman launched her company in 1994, addressing her cosmetic line to all women of colour. Her Cream to Colour Foundation comes in an extensive palette of shades, while Luxury Liquid Bronzer has three formulations that compliment all skin tones. http://www.i-iman.com
10. The Balm
Founder and CEO Marissa Shipman started mixing makeup in her kitchen. Today, the buzz is building around her Plump your Pucker line of lip glosses; blended with vitamins and menthol, they promise to increase circulation to your lips and minimize fine lines. Choose from 19 shades, including Crush my Grapes and Squeeze my Lemons, at http://www.thebalm.com.
Age 27, Female
First Date Cheat-Sheet
Meeting that special someone for the first time can be tricky. The way you look, behave and communicate all have a huge impact on whether your first date will yield a second. As the saying goes, you only get one chance to make a first impression! So here are a few pointers to help you make your next rendez-vous as successful as possible.
Reassess your expectations. Make sure you are being realistic- your date may very well not be the one. Regardless, that is something that will be confirmed with time, not on your first date. So until then, just focus on enjoying the ride!
Dress to impress. Like it or not, most people judge books by their covers. So make sure you look fabulous! Pick an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident but isn’t too revealing. Instead go for the casual, classy look. Jazz up your outfit with some accessories and killer shoes!
Pick a safe and comfortable environment. The ideal meeting placeis somewhere neutral and public. Stay away from movies or other activities that will cause you to miss out on the chance to interact with your date. Try hitting a pool hall or heading to a mini-putt range, going out for coffee is also a great setting for a first date.
Be courteous. Manners say a lot about a person. Punctuality is essential, and if you are running late, give your date a call to let him know. During the date, keep your cell phone on silent mode and answer only urgent calls. Most importantly, say “please” and “thank you”. These little gestures mean a lot; they will show your appreciation towards your date and earn you brownie points.
Keep the conversation light. Things like hobbies, travel, movies, culture, sports, etc. are all suitable topics. Stay away from personal and sensitive matters, there will be plenty of time to talk about your past relationships, family issues and political views in the future. Do your best to avoid interrupting and give him your full attention. Listen actively by asking follow-up questions, showing a genuine interest and being honest in your responses. This will help both of you feel more at ease, allowing you to shake off some of the nerves that come along with first-date territory.
Split the costs…but, offer to pay the bill if you made the invitation. Some dates will insist on picking up the entire tab. If that’s the case, don’t put up too much of a fight. Just make sure to thank them and treat them next time!
Make your intentions clear from the start and avoid playing games. If you are looking for something serious and get the same feed-back from your date, then keep the end of the date PG rated. Give yourselves the luxury of having something to look forward to!
Smile and have a good time! A date is supposed to be more fun than your last job interview. So relax and be yourself. Don’t be afraid to laugh, use your sense of humor or be a little quirky. Be proud of your uniqueness and you are guaranteed to leave your mark. The most important thing is to show your date what an amazing lady you are while having a great time!
And Remember, there are plenty fish in the sea! If you are not enjoying yourself, trust your instinct and don’t hesitate to call it a night. If your date can’t appreciate the wonderful woman you are, don’t waste your time; you are bound to find someone who does.
Age 27, Female
Five Ways Your Breakfast Makes You Bitchy
1. Your toast lacks B vitamins.
Most bread lacks adequate levels of the B vitamins you need (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid) to build serotonin, the neurotransmitter that keeps you calm and happy.
Bitch-proof your breakfast: Your breakfast should deliver 10 percent of the daily value of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin and folic acid, says dietitian Lisa Dorfman, R.D., a food and mood expert. The amounts of these B vitamins vary by brand, so look carefully at labels. Some breads containing nuts are higher in Bs, as are some that list "whole grain" in the ingredients. If your bread doesn't supply enough Bs, chase your toast with fortified orange juice or switch to fortified cereal ‑- many provide at least 25 percent of these B vitamins.
2. You rely on "low-fat" foods.
Typical low-fat muffins and pastries contain corn and safflower oils. They also often contain unhealthy trans fats. The problem? The wrong type of fat can leave you sluggish and grumpy.
Bitch-proof your breakfast: Some research suggests that people with low levels of the right type of fat ‑- omega-3 fatty acids ‑- are more short-tempered, says Wendy Kohatsu, M.D., assistant professor at Oregon Health Sciences University. Omega-3 fatty acids help form the membranes of your nerve cells, allowing them to function better. Find good fats in walnuts or flaxseed, which you can stir into your cereal or yogurt.
3. You eat fruit by itself.
Fruit has valuable fiber and numerous nutrients, but it leaves you short on magnesium, a nutrient that can ease the symptoms of depression ‑- which include having a super-short fuse.
Bitch-proof your breakfast: Add almonds, soy milk or cereals such as Whole Grain Total, which are all rich in magnesium.
4. You love pancakes and pastries.
"When you're eating only refined carbohydrates such as these, your blood-sugar levels can drop below normal 90 minutes later, making you feel irritable and edgy," says Dr. Kohatsu.
Bitch-proof your breakfast: Add protein, which makes you feel less sluggish and gives your brain the energy to handle daily stress. Think peanut butter, almond butter, eggs, yogurt or cereal with added protein. Sustain that energy by having at least 5 grams of fiber each morning, too. On average, a serving of peanut butter delivers 2 grams of fiber, so you'll want to supplement with an apple or a banana (about 3 grams each).
5. You skip your coffee.
Drinking less than your usual daily dose of caffeine can leave you cranky.
Bitch-proof your breakfast: If you're trying to trim your intake, drink only 10 percent less caffeine a day. Note: This doesn't mean more coffee is better! Drinking more than your usual amount can make you jumpy and nasty, too.
Eat your way to a tranquil and productive day with these easy food swaps from Miami-based food and mood expert Lisa Dorfman, R.D.
Instead of: A ready-to-eat breakfast cereal bar
Try: A half-cup of trail mix with peanuts, walnuts and dried cranberries or raisins
Why: Most breakfast bars are high in sugar and low in fiber. Trail mix lets you avoid the post-sugar crash that leaves you energyless and irritable.
Instead of: Fruit-flavored yogurt
Try: Plain, low-fat yogurt with fresh fruit and flaxseed or walnuts
Why: Some yogurts contain huge amounts of sugar (Dannon Blueberry Fruit on the Bottom has 25 grams). Aim for less than 10 grams and add walnuts or flaxseed for mood-stabilizing omega-3s.
Instead of: Kids' cereals ‑- even ones made with whole grains
Try: Cereal containing B vitamins, fiber and protein, such as Total Protein or Fiber One
Why: Numerous kids' cereals have gotten "whole grain" makeovers, but it barely changes their nutritional profiles. The ideal cereal has 5 or fewer grams of sugar and more than 5 grams of fiber.
Instead of: A doughnut
Try: High-fiber, low-sugar waffles (such as Van's Organic) with almond butter
Why: Waffles plus almond butter gives you a total package of omega-3s, fiber, protein and B vitamins.
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