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  • Shear Genius is Back ~~ Bravo has just announced that it is bringing back it’s popular hair styling reality TV show, Shear Genius for a second season in 2008. The press release does not indicate an air time but I’ll watch it and let every one know well ahead of time. It should be sometime in early April.

    I’ll plan to give you my take on each episode, like I did last season. I had misgivings when the show was announced, but by the final episode I was on the couch well ahead of airtime and the remote control was off limits to hubby for a change. Casting has just gotten under way and those of you who want to participate in the show can apply online.

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  • Farouk Curling Iron Recall ~~ If you own a Farouk WEE CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron, heads up! It may not shut off after you have turned the switch to off. Fire and burn hazards have been reported. Best to stop using it and return it to Farouk for a refund, details are on their website.

  • Hair Care Product Safety Database ~~ Environmental Working Group is getting serious about the harmful chemicals that can show up in hair care and cosmetic products. At this site you can enter all of the products in your beauty arsenal and find out if there is any harmful stuff therein. They have also got an online form for you to send to your congressmen if you want to see a bunch of new laws. I passed on this one, personally I think we have too many laws already on the books that aren’t being enforced.


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Hair Spray Reviews: Which Hair Spray is Best?

Spraying Hair Spray From a Can

Real Simple Testers Pick Top Hair Sprays

Winter has a way of doing a number on a hairstyle. Wind and snowy weather will flatten or frizz even the most carefully arranged hairstyle. Hair spray can help. Real Simple staffers in December tried hair sprays with three levels of holding power. Flexible hold keeps curls defined but allows hair to move; medium hold works best to tame fly-a-ways and frizz; and maximum hold gives updos staying power. The Real Simple testers were stuck on these winners and runners-up:

Flexible Hold Winner ~~ Frederic Fekkai Coiff Fini Sheer hold Hair spray

  • Flexible Hold Runner Up ~~Goldwell Styling Light Kiss Fleixble Hair Spray.

Medium Hold Winner~~ Philip B. Jet Set Precision Control Hair Spray.

  • Medium Hold Runner Up~~L’Oreal Professionel Infinium Level 2.

Maximum Hold Winner~~ Phyto Pro Instant Hold Hair Spray.

  • Maximum Hold Runner Up~~Garnier Fructis Full Control Ultra Strong Hair Spray.

Five Other Things Hair Spray Can Do

  • Safeguard a child’s chalk drawing~~ Mist it with hair spray and allow to dry. The spray acts as a fixative and keeps the colors from smudging.
  • Zap insects~~ One blast causes wings to stiffen, immobilizing bugs in midair. (Unfortunately, you’ll still have to sweep them up.)
  • Create wrapping paper ~~Spray the Sunday comics to add a sheen to the newsprint and seal in the ink.
  • Deslick the soles of new shoes~~ The tacky texture of hair spray helps you avoid slips until the soles get scuffed with wear.
  • Stop static cling~~ in a pinch by lightly misting a slip or a skirt.


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Healthy Hair Tutorial

A Healthy Hair shaft

How to Get Healthy Hair

Maybe you have found yourself asking these questions (If not, just humor me):
Healthy Hair lies down smoothly and reflects light”
What purpose does hair actually serve? It may provide some insulation, but not much to speak of really. Scientists believe that the evolutionary function of hair was to provide:

  • Protection of vital parts of the body from cold.

  • Additional layer of protection for the skin. We have less hair today than our ancestors and future humans may eventually become hairless.

It’s ironic your hairs’ lack of function is what gives it our cultural meaning. Healthy hair is your crowning glory . . . a decoration of sorts. Hair is one of the most important defining statements about your self-identity.

If your hair is not in order, all other attempts to create a statement of who you are will fall short. Hair is protein . . . the same protein that makes up your fingernails, teeth and skin. The scientific name for this protein is keratin. Soft shiny hair is an indicator of good health, like clear skin and strong fingernails. Your hair is fed by blood, which first feeds your essential organs such as your heart and brain. Whatever nutrients are left goes to the extremities. This is why dull lackluster hair sometimes indicates an illness or vitamin deficiency.

Anantomy of an Individual Healthy Hair Strand

Let’s take a closer look:

  • The cuticle~~ The outermost layer of your hair is made up of overlapping scales, as on a fish. Healthy hair cuticles lie down smoothly and reflect light, giving hair its shine. This is the only protecting layer for your hair. A conditioner can help smooth the cuticle. Most women can tell whether they need conditioner by the way their hair feels, such as dry, brittle, broken ends. Here’s a test to find out whether your cuticle is damaged. Shampoo and condition your hair, then comb it out. If the comb sticks in your hair down toward the ends, your cuticle is either dry or damaged, and you will benefit from a deep-moisturizing conditioner.

  • The cortex ~~The bulk of the healthy hair strand, makes up 90 percent of its weight. It gives the hair texture, strength, elasticity, and color because it contains melanin, or pigment. Some leave-in conditioners with protein actually penetrate the cortex and build up the hair from the inside out. (When you use permanent hair color, it needs to penetrate the cortex in order for it to take).

  • The medulla~~The light, air-filled core. We don’t know just what it does, and some people with fine hair don’t have it at all. Anthropologists think that this might be a throwback to our caveman ancestors, who needed insulation to keep them warm.


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