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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: remedies for very dry, damaged hair on: June 03, 2008 05:39:52 PM

You might have to pay a bit more for shampoos that are naturally derived, but you won't be sorry.  Also, natural conditioners like jojoba oil, coconut oil, rosehip oil or even extra virgin olive oil are excellent softeners and defrizzers.

There is a new line from Sammy's called SammyPure that has no SLS in it. They run about $5 a bottle and can be found at Target and Rite Aid. I have not tried it yet, I am waiting for my shampoo to run out! I sometimes have found taht natural shampoos like the bars from Lush and stuff from the health food stores dry my hair out. I like Pureology but $20 a bottle is out of my budget at times!

I really love the Lush conditioners but they are pretty expensive and I have to use heaps because my hair is long and very thick.  The American Dream one is to die for!  I've never had softer silkier hair.  I've been on a real natural kick with cosmetics lately so I might just try Lush again.  I bought a natural soap (derived from things like coconuts olive oil etc) from the health food store, but it's just not the same as regular shampoo.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Question about white hair on: June 01, 2008 10:28:38 PM
My sister has olive skin, dark hair and dark eyes.  Then she went platinum.  It looked awful.  And even though she had it professionally done, the hairdresser initially tried to talk her out of it!  But my sister insisted and lived to regret it.

It damaged her hair to the point where she had to let grow out completely before her hair returned to normal.  It must have taken about 3 years or so before she could get it all cut out.  Since then she's stuck to her natural colour.

I would suggest you try on good quality wigs in the style and colour you want your hair to be.  That way if you don't like it you can change it instantly without damaging your hair.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Italian Braids? on: June 01, 2008 10:21:53 PM
My hair also frizzes in the damp or humi weather, so I sympthaise.  I think braiding would look on anyone, especially if you have dark hair.

But you could try the cheaper route and use natural oils on your hair to combat the frizziness (like coconut oil, jojoba oil or rosehip oil).  They're a lot cheaper than John Frieda (which never worked on me) and being natural, they won't load your hair up with chemicals.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: what is the overall best carrier oil to use in body scrubs? on: June 01, 2008 10:18:57 PM
Cost is always a factor me, so I like using extra virgin olive oil.  But sweet almond oil is good too and a lot lighter than evoo.
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Jojoba Oil on: June 01, 2008 10:15:36 PM
Jojoba oil is my latest new love.

I use it in place of regular facial moisturiser and I absolutely LOVE it.  We are coming into winter here and it's cold and rainy and generally miserable (yay for witner!).  My face feels dry and stiff no matter what moisturiser I use, but jojoba oil has made my skin feel soft and dewy and very flexible.

It's also good for conditioner for very dry brittle damaged hair, especially the ends.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: remedies for very dry, damaged hair on: June 01, 2008 10:10:55 PM
Any time you use shampoo, make sure it DOESN'T have sodium laurel sulphate (or sodium laureth sulphate).  Sure it makes the shampoo foam up like a wonder, but it's extremely drying on your scalp and your hair and ultimately does damage to it.  It's an extremely harsh detergent.

You might have to pay a bit more for shampoos that are naturally derived, but you won't be sorry.  Also, natural conditioners like jojoba oil, coconut oil, rosehip oil or even extra virgin olive oil are excellent softeners and defrizzers.
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Natural Deodorant on: May 26, 2008 06:09:36 PM
Frangipani and jasmine would be awesome!
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / The Best Facial Scrub - Ever! on: May 26, 2008 06:07:16 PM
Hi everyone

My face is quite sensitive to scrubs, even though I love them dearly.  But I found this recipe and I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is.  The criteria for a good scrub is this: 

1.  It has to work well
2.  It has to be as natural and chemical free as possible
3.  It has to be sensitive to my skin
4.  It has to be cheap as possible

And here it is:  BAKING SODA (bicarb soda)!!!

I tried it in different incarnations.  Sometimes mixing it with extra virgin olive oil or sweet almond oil or sorbolene cream.  They all worked well, but I felt the oils were a little too stifling and heavy.  So I just mix it in my palm with a little warm water until it forms a runny paste and I scrub away.

I use it every night after my shower when I've taken off all my makeup. I had lots of rosacea around my nostrils and chin and it has reduced it to no end and I've only been doing it for 4 nights so far.  Also, the blackheads on my nose have practically disappeared and they are getting less each time.

So this scrub fulfills all my criteria and I couldn't be happier.
9  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help finding black ballet shoes! on: April 29, 2008 09:17:12 PM
Try www.dancewearsolutions.com
10  CLOTHING / Shoes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Giuseppe Zanotti shoes help! on: April 29, 2008 09:15:35 PM
I've seen women wearing these types of shoes and I wonder how they don't do themselves damage.  There's very little support on the foot.

But they do look beautiful.  I have seen in my local craft shop a thing that helps you make ribbon and fabric roses, but I'm not sure what it's called.  I was doing a craft shop flyby and only spotted it whilst racing through the store.
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