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Land Of Milk And Honey Hand Treatment

 

My hands are really in a shocking condition and I can’t understand why. Despite applying twice my weight in hand cream, and taking my vitamin E capsules religiously, my hands are extremely dry, rough and look as though they’re in danger of starting a fire if I rub them together! It’s actually quite embarrassing. My hands get used quite a lot in my job as they are always on show so I’m starting to feel more than a little self-conscious.

Feeling low at the dry condition of my hands, I’m considering hitting the bottle.

The milk bottle that is!

 

I’ve had dry skin pretty much my whole life and when I was in my late teens I developed a mild form of eczema. I only have flare ups maybe once every couple of years so I’m quite fortunate. But during periods when my skin is very dry, I use milk on my skin instead of water. It’s very moisturizing and hydrating, and I really notice the difference. After about two days, my skin comes back to life again.

So I’ll be resorting to this treatment for my dry hands but I’ll be using honey as well which is another ingredient I’ve found to be very effective for dry skin. And of course this treatment isn’t just limited to your hands. You can use it for your face, feet, elbows, knees, lips… anywhere where you’re skin’s a bit parched, isn’t looking it’s best and needs a much-needed moisture boost.

 

You can use any kind of milk or honey that you prefer. I generally stick to my favourite manuka honey. This treatment is so simple as it only uses between two to four ingredients, so it’s well worth giving it a go.

MILK AND HONEY  TREATMENT FOR DRY HANDS

 

YOU WILL NEED:

1 tbsp. honey

Enough warm milk to fully submerge your hands in

Pure rosewater

METHOD:

  1. Apply honey to your to both sides of your hands. If you wish you could gently warm the honey before applying it to your hands.
  2.  Leave for around ten minutes.
  3. Then place your hands in a basin of warm milk. Remember the milk should be warm not hot. You want to revive your hands not scald them!
  4. Leave them in the milk for about five minutes or until all the honey has rinsed off.
  5. Once you’ve taken your hands out of the milk, you can either give them a super quick blast with cold water to remove the honey-milk residue (with the emphasis being on super quick.)
  6. Or  you could remove all traces of milk and honey with cotton wool soaked in rosewater.
  7. Slap on lashings of hand cream.
  8. Use this treatment once a day for as many days as you need.

HANDY HINTS:

  1. If you have any discolouration on your hands, rub a slice of lemon over it before applying the honey.
  2. If you are using this treatment for a part of your body that you cannot simply just dunk in a basin of water, wipe the honey of with milk-soaked cotton wool pads.

 

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Begin With That Summer Skin In Seven Simple Steps

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Summer is just a matter of weeks away and it’ll be here before we know it. And despite the fact that it’s very cool today, no one could have failed to notice that the temperature has been rising these last few days. And as the temperature starts to soar, there’ll be lots of legs, arms, shoulders and tums on display, so it’s important to start getting your skin looking it’s very best. The winter months means that we’ve cranked up the central heating and indulged in long, hot baths which aren’t the best things for your skin. In addition to that, our bodies have been kept under wraps during the winters months and our skin hasn’t been getting the TLC it needs.

Well now’s our last chance to get our skin looking and feeling in tip-top condition before the big reveal in the sweltering heat of the Summer.

1. EXFOLIATE

It’s super important to exfoliate before you tackle anything else as it makes hair removal easier, and the moisturising and tanning products more effective. Exfoliating is also important for removing and preventing ingrowing hairs, getting rid of scaly skin, and preventing blocked pores. For those of you who shave as part of your hair removal regime, exfoliating means that your razor won’t get clogged with flaky skin.

If your skin is a bit on the parched side, it will be more effective for you to use a scrub on dry skin rather than wet. Pay particular attention to heels, knees, and elbows.

I swear by using my loofah but I don’t have a particular favourite scrub although I generally prefer to use one which has lots of lovely natural ingredients and is cream based rather than oil based. Find the scrub that works best for your skin but remember NEVER use a scrub designed for your body on your face – it’s much too harsh.

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2. HAIR REMOVAL

I still can’t get over the shock of seeing a lady on the bus wearing a short skirt with seriously hairy legs. It was definitely a case of ‘what were you thinking?’ in conjunction with ‘are my eyes deceiving me?’ Unfortunately they weren’t but it goes without saying that summer clothes generally mean fuzz-free skin, paying close attention to legs, underarms and bikini line – especially if you’re hitting the beach.

There are a whole ton of hair removal methods – shaving, waxing, epilating, depilatory creams,  or laser hair removal – so choose what works best for you.

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3. MINIMISE CELLULITE

Urgh the dreaded dimply, orange-peel skin that strikes fear into the hearts of women everywhere! Cellulite has been the bane of my life for more years than I care to remember but I know that my unhealthy diet and lack of exercise is to blame so I can’t really talk. The key here is to stick to a diet that is rich in wholegrains, raw fruit and vegetables and oily fish and low in salt, caffeine, and processed fatty food (yes, all the things I love!) Oh yes, and to get exercising!

There are also a lot of cellulite creams that reduce the appearance of cellulite by eliminating the toxins under your skin. And of course body brushing is fantastic for eliminating cellulite and getting rid of dry skin. Sadly it does feel like you’re being attacked with brambles but once you get passed this stage the results will be worth it!

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4. MOISTURISE

I know, I know – we’re all a little lazy when it comes to moisturising and I must confess I’m no different. But if you want to keep skin looking young, supple, hydrated and flake-free then it’s a must so regular moisturising is a stage that should never be skipped.

There’s some fantastic products out there in the form of lotions, oils, body butters, whipped body butters etc. but if you’re a bit neglectful with the old moisturising, then try adding some oil in your bath water for some much needed hydration.

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5. ELIMINATE DARK PATCHES

It would be delightful if we all had an even skin tone but in reality a lot of people don’t. Toes, knees, elbows and knuckles are just some of the areas that typically tend to be a little bit darker than the rest of our bodies. There are creams available which even out skin tone, and you can naturally lighten these areas by rubbing  half a lemon over them for fifteen minutes a day. Yes, you’ll feel a bit of a lemon while you’re doing it but it does work! If you find lemon to be a bit harsh, try potato slices.

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6. BANISHING ACNE

I really sympathise with women who have acne on certain parts of their bodies. I was lucky as a teen in that I didn’t have facial acne unlike a lot of my schoolmates. But life had a bigger surprise for me in store, and as I approached my twenties I got hit by the acne stick all over my chest, upper arms, and worst of all my back. It was not a pretty sight and quite embarrassing, and I was stuck with it for years.

Thankfully I was spared a visit to my doctor. Changing to organic bath products that were free of SLS, using a body wash that contained tea tree oil, and cleansing, toning and moisturising these areas the same way I did my face (yes, even my back which might explain my super long arms!) helped tremendously and now, apart from the odd spot every now and again, my skin is very clear. And I have to admit, I do love wearing, sleeveless, strapless, off-the-shoulder, or backless clothes because there was a time I could never get away with such outfits.

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 7. TAN

I have to admit that I’ve never used a fake tanning product in my life as I’ve never needed to so I can’t pretend to be the world’s greatest expert in this area. But I know that for some ladies, the appeal of a fake tan is that they feel healthier and look slimmer. Tanning products work best with smooth skin, so if you’ve followed all the previous steps, your product should go on easily and effectively with minimal risk of streaking.

Build up your tan gradually every day or use one that develops overnight and lasts several days. And don’t forget areas such as feet, ankles and fingers.

And I have to say, I’ve seen some awful fake tan jobs in my time (who hasn’t!) so go easy on the product and aim to get a gorgeous, naturally-looking, sunkissed glow.

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Bring on Summer!

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The ‘No Straighteners’ Challenge: An Update

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Back in April, I told you that I was planning to ditch my hair straighteners, having used them constantly for almost a decade. As I have unruly, ultra-wavy hair, my straighteners were most definitely my best friend, and I always felt my most glamorous with super-sleek, straight hair.

Unfortunately the battle with my hair really began early last year. Years of straightening had left my hair frazzled, parched and a little on the static side. There were days I looked like Mr. Majeika and no amount of hair product would help. I was beginning to lose hope of ever having hair I could be proud of again.

I cannot live without my Tresemme hair straighteners.

I cannot live without my Tresemme hair straighteners.

I  made a great egg and olive oil conditioner – but was too lazy to prepare it every time I washed my hair. Naughty! I also tried a variety of shampoos and conditioners which I thought might help improve the condition of my hair. Everything helped to some degree but nothing eradicated the problem completely.

That’s when I decided that the only thing left was to ditch the hair straighteners. I knew it would be hard because without straightening my hair, I look like a small shrub! Would I be happy for Mr.D. to see me looking like this every day? Could I walk down the street and not mind the horrified stares? Would  I be able to ignore the smirks from my students?

But I knew that if I continued to straighten my hair, it would just become an even bigger mess. My hair was so straw-like I felt as though I had a haystack on my head. No, the straighteners had to go.

So they did. Well – almost…

I set myself a challenge that I would go a month – possibly longer – without straightening my hair and see if it made any difference. For the most part, I was actually very good and kept to my word BUT…  I couldn’t stand the kinked sections of hair that framed my face, so I cheated a little and straightened those sections. But that’s all I did. The rest of my hair was completely untouched by my straightening irons. Thankfully my Tresemme Keratin Smooth shampoo and conditioner left my hair adequately sleek so that I could get away with not straightening my hair.

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In fact it’s only been in the last couple of weeks that I’ve taken to straightening my hair again but not in the same capacity as before. The straighteners only come out when necessary and even then it’s only to smooth down the sections that really need it.

And what’s the condition of my hair like now? A million times better! All the effort was so worth it. Yes, I still have a little frizz going on but my hair is definitely more soft, shinier and a lot smoother. It’s less dry and looks and feels much, much healthier. It’s definitely been given a new lease of life, and I intend to keep it this way.

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I’ve also been paying more attention to my diet and been eating more fruit, vegetables and oily fish as well as taking vitamin supplements, as I know that what you put into your body is just as important as what you put onto your hair. I’ve also felt that having super hot showers might also have been drying out my hair, so I’ve been washing my hair in much cooler water.

So I didn’t adhere to the challenge one hundred per cent – but I still think I did quite well. And now I no longer depend on hair straighteners to have great looking hair.

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So for you ladies out there who are reaching the end of your tether with dry, straw-like hair, there is hope. The best advice I could give you is a healthier diet and using your heated hair appliances a lot less.  It could well be the making of your hair!

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Good luck!

The No Straighteners Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

Forget the wheel, the motor car and even the mobile phone; for me, the greatest invention ever has got to be… hair straighteners! That’s right, hair straighteners. But then when you’ve got unruly hair that can only be tamed by a good pair of straighteners, you’d think that they were the best ever invention too.

I have been using hair straighteners since I was in my mid-twenties and I could never get over the transformation: I went from looking like a small shrub to looking like a girl from a hair commercial. Amazing! I have a fantastic pair of straighteners by Tresemme and they go everywhere with me.

 

Sadly, I’ve noticed that all this non-stop straightening over the years has left my hair in something of a sorry state. It’s become quite parched, frizzy, static and more unruly than usual. Using styling products is only a short-term solution to the problem. I’ve tried using home-made remedies such as conditioners made from egg and olive oil and switching to different shampoos which are suitable for my hair type. I’ve also limited the number of times I use my straighteners, use a heat-defence spray before using heated appliances, and have reduced the heat setting on it. And it has made a noticeable difference… but it’s not enough.

 

I now have to concede defeat and ditch my straighteners. At least for a while – a long while! I realise the problem are the straighteners and until I stop using them completely, my hair is never going to recover. My hairdresser was appalled by the condition of my hair which she said had been ‘burnt’ from over using heat appliances.

But the question is, after years of being heavily dependent on them, can I leave my house with my hair looking au natural? How will I be able to face my work colleagues with crazy hair? Can I deal with the sniggers from my students? Will Mr. D refuse to be seen in public with me? What will having shrub-like hair do for my confidence? Well, I think my confidence will be in even more tatters if I continue to wreck the condition of my hair which has always been one of my best features and if I want it to stay one of my best I have to take care of it and make sacrifices… meaning no more straighteners.

 

 

So I’m going to give my hair a lot of tlc; continue doing what I’m doing as well as having conditioning treatments at the salon, and not use my straighteners for one whole month and see if there’s any improvement. I’m hoping that some really good hairstyling products will help in making me look ‘presentable.’ But will I really be able to get through a whole month without my beloved straighteners? Watch this space…

…and wish me luck!

 

Thank Tresemme! Keratin Smooth To The Rescue

 

 

In recent times my hair has been giving me cause for concern. Despite the fact that I suffer from irritating frizz (grrr!) especially when it comes into contact with slight drizzle, my hair has always been my fave feature. But over the years, constant washing, styling, overuse of heat appliances and styling products have really taken its toll on my soon lifeless locks  – making straw look soft, glossy and  manageable. In fact at one point the frizz was so bad and causing my hair to stick up, I swear I looked like Mr. Majeika’s love child! And no matter what I used, I couldn’t get it to lie flat.

But there were things I knew I had to do in order to get my hair looking and feeling at its best again. I used an egg and olive oil conditioning treatment; cut back on the washing and styling; used heat appliances only when necessary and used hair products as sparingly as possible. I ate healthily opting for foods that were hair-friendly and started taking the right supplements.

It all made a difference and my hair started to look and feel better. But just when I thought that there was nothing else I could do, Tresemme came to the rescue…
I’ve always been a huge fan of Tresemme products. Despite trying lots of other brands, I always come back to Tresemme. Their products are always reasonably priced and it does what it says on the tin. Mr. D knows me so well – when I asked him to get a new blow-dryer for me, he came home with a lovely one by Tresemme! Yes, I have the best hubby ever!

 

So while wandering around the shops, wondering what to do about my damaged-beyond-repair-hair, I stumbled across Tresemme’s keratin smooth hair range. It apparently eliminates frizz for up to 48 hours so hair becomes smoother, shinier and sleeker. The range of products have been infused with keratin – the key structural component of hair, skin and nails – so regular use will help hair to become soft, manageable and frizz-free. I figured I had nothing to lose by giving it a go as I selected the shampoo and conditioner and tossed it into my basket. “Let’s hope it works it’s magic,”I thought. Although if I’m honest, it was a miracle I needed more than magic!

So fast forward three months…

 

Am I loving my hair again? You bet! Although it still feels a teeny bit dry, it’s in much better condition. I’ve also started using the Keratin Smooth Deep Treatment Masque which has worked wonders. There’s just a smidgeon of frizz but it’s nowhere near as bad as it was before. At a risk of sounding like the voiceover in a shampoo commercial, my hair really does look healthier and glossier, and I’ve had some lovely compliments on how great my hair looks. In fact I can honestly say that after using products from the Keratin Smooth range, my hair straighteners are no longer essential – even though they are by Tresemme! If I need to, I just quickly run the straighteners over the front sections of my hair to iron out any minor kinks – and I’m good to go.

So if there’s anyone out there seriously pulling out their hair at the sorry state of it, give this hair-changing range by Tresemme a go. It could be the best thing ever to happen to your hair.

 

Double-Cleanse, Tone, Moisturise: However Did I Go So Long Without it?

 

 

 

MRS. D’S SKIN PROFILE:

– Eczema prone skin in recovery (using prescribed cream, vitamin supplements, suitable skin-care products etc )

– Suffered from slight acne during teens and early twenties.  Outgrew acne.

– Combination skin: slightly greasy T-zone, dryness around cheeks and mouth.

– Starting to get first signs of fine lines on forehead and faint smile lines.

 

 

I was brought up on the ‘cleanse, tone, moisturize’ mantra but nobody ever told me to ‘double-cleanse, tone, moisturize.’ I have recently discovered the benefits of double cleansing and I can honestly hand-on-heart say that my skin has never looked so good. Being the kind of girl who has never been blessed with perfect skin – and never will be – I have to work harder than most to keep it looking as healthy as possible.

 

THE PROBLEM:

But about a month ago my skin looked – how shall I put this – bloody awful! It was dry, tight,  blotchy, itchy and a very unflattering shade of grey. As I suffer from a very mild form of eczema, I was having flare-ups in very quick succession despite using my prescribed cream. I was also convinced that I could see the faint traces of lines beginning to form. Nothing I used or did seemed to work. I’d be applying more make-up than usual, and I knew I still looked horrendous. It’s times like this, I wish I wasn’t so anti-Botox!

THE REASONS:

Unfortunately I commit way too many skin sins: I go to bed way too late; don’t exercise enough; wear make-up every day; drink coffee every morning; drink alcohol but not enough water; eat way too much junk… the list just goes on and on. This summer I committed the cardinal sin of not wearing any sunscreen. Terrible! I also have been guilty of using facial wipes to remove my make-up which doesn’t effectively remove all the impurities. And admittedly there were times I actually went to bed with my make-up on. It’s no surprise my skin looked horrendous.

However, I’m not a complete skin sinner. I have started to make an effort to eat healthier; I don’t smoke; I limit myself to one cup of coffee a day; I take vitamin supplements; use mainly organic products and being habitually late for everything means that I get regular exercise in the form of power walking! As I wear make-up everyday (although not a lot) I’d gotten into the habit of giving myself mini-facials every Sunday in order to get my skin feeling really clean.

THE SOLUTION:

So after a considerable amount of time feeling sorry for myself, I decided to spring into action.First of all, I decided to get rid of anything that I thought might be making my skin look bad and feel irritable.

  • I stopped the mini-facials as I felt that the frequency of these might actually be doing more harm than good.
  • I ditched my wash-off cleanser even though it’s organic as I figured that water might be drying out my skin.
  • I then used a mixture of manuka honey and cream to cleanse my face – until I found a more convenient substitute.
  • I started drinking more water.
  •  Cut back on alcohol.
  •  Upped my intake of fruit and veggies.
  •  Started going to bed early (well for me anyway!)

Slowly I started to see a difference.

THE MIRACLE:

Then I heard about the concept of double cleansing. It basically involves using an oil-based pre-cleanser before applying your usual cleanser and then toning and moisturising as usual. I wasn’t sure how effective it would be with regards to my skin problems but decided that I had nothing to lose by giving it a go – and seeing all the amazing products that are available  made the decision even easier! The aim of the pre-cleanser is to get rid of ‘nasties’  that your normal cleanser alone may not be able to handle on its own such as excess sebum, sunscreen, waterproof makeup, environmental pollutants and residual product build-up.

GETTING STARTED:

I eventually settled on a pre-cleansing oil and wipe-off cream cleanser by Una Brennan which is available from Boots. I chose the hydrating rose variety as I felt that my skin would benefit from it the most. It’s not organic but it does contain many wonderful skin-friendly goodies such as shea butter, rose oil provitamin B5 and marshmallow.  And although I know it makes sense to use products from the same range, I had already bought some argan oil day and night creams which I had felt would be beneficial to my skin so I didn’t bother buying a new moisturiser. I really liked the description on the pre-cleansing oil that stated that we should leave the oil on our faces for a while before wiping it off just to enjoy the aroma and this was my inspiration to turning my night-time cleansing ritual into a real pampering treatment.

 

THE DOUBLE CLEANSING METHOD:

  1. Warm 2-3 drops of Una Brennan’s Miracle Makeover Facial Oil  in the palms of your hands.
  2. Slowly massage oil onto your face and  in slow circular movements.
  3. Leave for a few minutes.
  4. Then dampen a flannel in warm water before carefully wiping off oil.
  5. This is followed by using the Calming Creamy Cleanser, applied with fingertips in slow circular movements.
  6. Remove using a flannel dampened in warm water.
  7. Pat face dry.
  8. Tone skin using pure rosewater.
  9. Apply vitamin E oil.
  10. Apply argan oil day/night cream.
  11. Apply eye cream.

It may seem like a lot of steps but it really is quick, simple and effective. If it works for someone like me who is always pushed for time, it’ll work for anyone!

 

THE RESULTS:

In one word – amazing! My skin feels so soft and smooth and looks clearer, radiant and healthy. The dry, tight sensation has gone and I’m now having to hunt the fine lines I saw! It itches a lot less and my skin feels less rough and bumpy. I’m getting fewer spots and I feel that the double-cleansing treatment is really effective as I feel that my moisturizers are being absorbed into my skin much more. I have been using this method for only three weeks and can already see the difference which surprised me because I thought I would have to wait a lot longer to see results. The state of my skin used to depress me but now I feel confident going make-up free.

 

Obviously everyone’s skin is different and responds differently to different products. The secret is in knowing your skin and understanding what works best. I believe that the combination of rose, vitamin E and argan oils are working wonders for my skin but others may find that different products work effectively for them. I also believe – for me at least – that it’s necessary to change products every so often as I’ve found that it is possible for your skin to become immune to products that were once very effective.

 

Right now I am loving my skin. Great skin is an excellent base for make-up and if you haven’t got that then no amount of make-up is going to improve the appearance or condition of your skin. And double-cleansing has also meant that I’m getting the most out of my moisturizers as it absorbs a lot faster and leaves my skin feeling moisturized for longer. It seems that lots of people have cottoned on to the concept of double-cleansing long before I did (always was the last to find out!) but now that I have discovered it, I will be putting it to good use.

 

Egg And Olive Oil Hair Conditioner

 

I was moaning to a friend about the state of my hair when she suggested I give my hair an olive oil deep conditioning treatment. “Don’t you ever do that?” she asked, ” Add some olive oil to your hair and wrap a towel around it?”

I used to. A long time ago. In fact I was fanatical about massaging warm olive oil into my hair before wrapping my hair first, in cling film and then a towel. I did this every time I was about to wash my hair. There was no treatment like it and it left my hair soft, easy to manage and very, very glossy. I loved it!

Unfortunately however, you can have too much of a good thing and after two years of deep conditioning my hair, it actually left my hair very dry and straw-like. I couldn’t understand why. It was a beautician friend of mine who explained it.

“It’s good that you deep condition your hair but you’re not supposed to do it every time you wash your hair,” she said. “you’re actually forcing your hair to work harder and that’s why it’s become so dry.”

So I stopped conditioning my hair with warm olive oil. I was disappointed as I loved my pre-bath ritual and enjoyed in a little self-pampering.   However, over the years constant blow drying and straightening have once again left my hair in a sorry state. Although I always use a heat protection spray on my hair before using heated appliances  and have recently had my hair cut short… it’s still not in great condition. So this weekend, following my conversation with my friend, I decided to go back to my (hair) roots and see if deep conditioning it would make any difference.

This time, I did things a little differently. I actually added an egg to the oil before massaging it into my hair. I remember hearing that eggs work as an excellent shampoo or conditioner as it clings to any dirt or impurities in your hair and also helps to strengthen it.

I left the mixture on my hair for a couple of hours, wrapped neatly in cling film and a towel (much to the amusement of Mr. D!) and waited for the conditioner to work it’s magic!

And work its magic it did! My hair was super soft and shiny. I couldn’t stop running my hands through my hair. It’s been a long time since my hair felt this good. I know it’ll take a few more treatments before my hair is in tip-top condition but I also know not to overdo it again and will be spacing out treatments accordingly. Straw-like hair is so not a good look!

Here’s my method for the olive oil and egg deep conditioning natural hair treatment. I only used one dessert spoon of oil because my hair is quite short but the amount of oil you use depends on the length and thickness of your hair.

  • Put a dessert spoon of olive oil into a small bowl.
  • Place the glass in a pan of just boiled water so that it will warm through. Ensure that the oil does not get too hot.
  • Break an egg into the oil and whisk thoroughly  (the oil should not be overly warm or the egg will scramble slightly.)
  • Evenly apply the mixture to dry hair.
  • Wrap head in cling film so that all you hair is covered.
  • Then wrap head in towel.
  • Leave for a minimum of twenty minutes.
  • Wash your hair thoroughly with your favourite shampoo. Make sure you wash your hair in lukewarm water – scrambled egg is very hard to wash out of your hair!
  • I finished with my favourite conditioner but this step is optional.
  • Dry as you normally would.

Voila! Great looking hair. And for those of you who may suffer from an itchy scalp, I’ve been told that mashed banana is an excellent remedy.

 

Salon Love

Hair and beauty

Hair and beauty

My husband just doesn’t understand me… and now I’m about to cheat…

Don’t worry – it’s not what you think. I’m still as loved up as ever with my fabulous Mr. D. The problem is that now we have moved house, he cannot understand why I still insist on trekking to the other side of the city to visit my usual salon.

“What’s the matter with you?” he asked exasperated, “we have a salon just down the road from us and you still want to go to your old salon!”

“Yes,” I replied equally annoyed, “because they know me.”

“So what? The beauticians at the new salon will get to know you too. I don’t see why it matters…”

And on and on it raged. Most men might not care who cuts their hair just as long as it’s done well and for a good price. Us ladies are different. We are very particular who we allow near our face, hair, nails and body. If they prove to be good, we will continue to use them no matter what the cost or how far we have to travel.

And it’s not only that but over time, we start to build a rapport with our beautician/hair stylist. They know what treatments we like; what products work for our skin and which don’t; how we usually have our hair styled etc. And of course there’s the bonding that occurs over the luxury pedicure. We talk; we tell them things; they tell us things; we share advice about things that aren’t even remotely related to hair and beauty. That’s why we keep going back to the same people time and time again.

 

And as I know only too well, good salons are really hard to find. I have had my fair share – and probably everyone else’s fair share  – of horror stories including the disgusting beautician who used window cleaner on my face (?) and the even more hideous salon owner who tried to cover up for her. So is it any wonder then, that when we find someone whose work we like and whom we bond with, that we make like Velcro and attach ourselves to them?

Over dinner with some of our friends the other night, Mr. D had a good moan to them about me traipsing for miles to get to my fave salon.

“Well,” one of my friends began, ” when you get used to a salon, you don’t really want to go anywhere else. That’s just the way it is.”

 

That told him! He even said that he overheard his female work colleagues talking about the same thing: that they would travel out of town to go to a salon that they really liked. I think he’s beginning to understand that it’s just what us girls do. However my friends did laugh their heads off when they heard that I was constantly emailing my hairdresser when I went on holiday – saying that I was taking the attachment thing too far!

 

So why is it that I’m now going to contradict everything that I’ve just said and visit a new salon that’s ten minutes from where we now live? Well it was Mr. D. who persuaded me to give it a go.  “Just go and see how it is,” he said. Furthermore however, it’s the weekend; I’m frazzled after a hard week, and I don’t want too travel too far for a well deserved facial and massage. But I am by no means abandoning my regular haunt – but it helps to have somewhere local to go to when I need a super quick pick-me-up.

So why do I feel so guilty? I feel like a cheating spouse! Does anyone else have salon issues?

 

Thank You Veet!

 

 

I’m not really much of a beauty gadget girl; until recently my hair straighteners and blow dryer were the only appliances I needed. But then I discovered the Veet EasyWax electrical roll on kit which promised ‘salon wax results at home.’ “Yeah, right!” I thought rather cynically.

 

 

 

Shaving proved to be such a hassle that I stopped a decade ago and have been waxing  – using hot wax – ever since. Like most women, I have waxing treatments done at salons, and as much as I love being pampered (it’s really not that painful!) visiting salons requires time and money I don’t always have. While living in the States, I was shocked to see the price of waxing treatments in salons. Things are usually much cheaper in America than they are in Britain – but not getting your pins waxed! I knew that this was something I wouldn’t be able to do regularly due to the expense – and I hated the thought of looking like a cave woman!

 

 

 

Of course, I tried waxing at home. I’d buy a tub of wax and a pack of cloth strips and although effective, proved to be very messy and time consuming. it was all that running down the stairs to the kitchen to reheat the tub of wax that was going cold! In the end I gave up and just stuck to visiting the salon whenever I could. Though I did worry about what I’d do if ever we moved back to Oregon. I didn’t want to bankrupt myself just because I wanted silky smooth legs!

 

 

 

Then I heard about the Veet EasyWax. It sounded like the answer to my prayers but a lot of my local stores didn’t stock them. it was only recently, when I moved to a new area that I managed to find one.  It had already been very reasonably priced but now it was on SALE!!! talk about a stroke of luck! So I snapped one up but it was about another two weeks before I could put it to use.

 

 

The EasyWax is a handheld gadget that looks like a larger than average lady shaver. You pop a wax cartridge into the EasyWax, plug it in and wait for the wax to heat up. Then just roll it on and whip it off with the wax strips! It comes with a super simple set of instructions and I was absolutely delighted with the results. Cartridges can be bought separately. most of the gadgets I buy only get used once before they’re consigned to spending the rest of their days cooped inside the box they came in. It won’t be happening with the Veet EasyWax.

 

Worth every penny. Veet – we salute you!

 

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