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Hair Fashions are ruining our hair and costing a fortune

Alva2 gifHair is powerful and can indicate status across the cultures. Whatever your hair looks like it says something about you, be it long dark tresses, Afro, or a big curly perm. Many women say a good or bad hair can affect their day.

 

We all want our hair to look great but keeping up with fashions often means completely changing the hair we were given with chemical products, hair driers, weaves and hot irons until the hair condition is so dry we need to spend another fortune to get it looking youthful and shiny.

 

Fashions come and go. In ancient Egypt wealthy women wore wigs but it was a wig worn over a shaven head. The idea being that long hair was not clean and could be lice ridden so the wealthy showed their status by cutting it short and wearing wigs.

 

Today we have the fashion for long, shiny, multi-toned straight hair which can mean using bleach, relaxers, hot irons and even long extensions taken from the hair of the poor. In England, footballers’ wives have long extended hair to show their status. All this can wreck   the hair’s condition and growth and make it prone to fallout or break off. It seems that whatever hair we have we want to change it and women in particular are more psychologically bonded to their hair than men.

 

The hair colouring industry is huge and it used to be a sign of great beauty to have long, thick, dark hair.  This was achieved with weekly washing and a weekly massage with oil. Hair fashions now dictate it must have multi-tones and super shine that can only be achieved by conditioners that coat the hair with silicone and polymers. 

 

Over washing

 

Hair like everything in the body is a self-correcting mechanism; the more you wash it the greasier it gets. It is better for you to wash your hair weekly but it will take a while to self-correct so you will find that when you change your shampooing routine, by day four it may look a little lank; but eventually it will-self correct and your hair will be in better condition and only need a weekly wash. Most people use too much shampoo when washing and strip the outer hair of healthy natural oils leaving it dry, while the hair underneath closer to the scalp is lovely and soft.

 

The Romans where among the first to cut their hair as a sign that they were clean and civilized as at that time long hair was seen by the Romans as a sign of barbarianism. 

 

Hair in the Gulf needs special care as it can be fried by the sun and affected by minerals and chlorine in the desalinated water. Traditional wisdom of the people who have lived in desert climates for generations recommend covering the hair from the sun and using hair oils to protect it. In a study, science proved that this traditional wisdom of hair care was correct and a three step solution was developed.

 

Arden Healthcare, who specialise in natural products, have produced a must-have anti-sal shampoo for use in desalinated water to remove all build-up of damaging mineral deposits from the hair and scalp. This shampoo is so gentle and good you will only need to wash your hair once a week leaving your hair moisturised. The next step is to use an extra moisturising conditioner, and Permea Plus treatment oil containing six natural oils to feed the scalp and strengthen the hair. 

 

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Low Fat Recipe of the Month

 

Simple Orange Jelly With Fruit

1 orange jelly  

1 Can/298g Mandarin Segments 

 

Method 

Make the jelly as directed also  using the juice from the mandarin oranges 

Pour into a bowl  or serving dishes, and refrigerate 

Add the mandarin segments and return to the fridge until fully set. 

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