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Makeup and Cosmetic Cases – Choosing the Right One for Your Needs

Being a professional makeup artist is not an easy job. Whether you work with celebrities on movie or television sets or in a beauty salon for special occasions such as weddings, proms or birthdays the job of a true cosmetic artist is always filled with pressure, urgency and the need for precision and accuracy. When people request the services of a makeup artist it’s usually for something pretty important, which puts a lot of pressure on you – the makeup artist. The last thing a beautician wants to be doing is trying to find the right shade or brush – or in a worst case scenario realize that she forgot to bring the right brush or color!

Because of pressure filled situations such as the one described above, every makeup artists understands the importance of being highly organized when it comes to cosmetics and other tools of the trade. A good cosmetic case can go a long way toward making you more organized, but you must be careful to choose one that is right for your needs otherwise you can end up with an extra headache.

First decide on the size of the case you will need because they come in many sizes and shapes. How much makeup, cosmetics and brushes do you need to take with you to your assignments or to your salon? If you do not work with a wide variety of pallets and brushes you may opt for a smaller size makeup case in order to make thing easier to find and quick to retrieve. If however your practice involves hundreds of shades and many different brushes, you will need a larger case that can accommodate all your tools.

Next you should consider the tray and storage compartments of the cosmetic case you need. Once again this should be decided by the variety of colors and tools that you most often use. An optimal case will have easier to reach trays on top for your every day needs and deeper, pull-out trays underneath for those makeup shades that are used rarely, but still come in handy.

Finally decide if you will need a soft or a hard makeup case. A hard cosmetic case that is used for traveling in airplanes is called a train case. When deciding on the outside finish of your case consider your working and travel conditions. If you plan on checking in your case often or traveling with it a lot then a hardtop, aluminum or plastic shell case is the way to go. However if you need something that will easily fit into your carry-on luggage or just something to keep at the shop then a soft, leather case will do.

To summarize, remember that choosing the right makeup case is very important for a cosmetic professional because it can mean the difference between being able to find the right beauty tool or shade at the needed, urgent time or not. In this profession we all know the pressure we are under so try to reduce the gray hairs by staying organized and professional.

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7 Ways To Lose Weight

Each year, many people set goals to lose weight fast. But they have no idea how to go about it. Given below are some tips that may help you know how to lose weight quickly. Read on to know more.

1. Eat Regularly

According to a nutritionist, skipping meals is not a good idea as it may have a negative effect on your metabolism. Rather than eat less, we suggest that you eat small snacks and meals that are heavy with nutrients. Ideally, the interval between the meals should be three hours. Remember: eating irregularly is not a good idea.

2. Portions size

If you eat less, you will lose weight. During the past 5 decades, the portions sizes have increased at almost every restaurant. As a result, we have got used to bigger servings and this habit has affected our health negatively.

If you want to change this habit, we suggest that you go for small portions. Moreover, when ordering food at a restaurant, we suggest that you opt for small plates.

3. Don’t go on a diet

Dieting is not good for you as it is not a source of health or sustenance. If you cut down on your food intake all of a sudden, your metabolic rate will slow down and more energy will be stored. This is the reason you will crave snacks, such as chocolate to get an energy boost.

4. Don’t eat fast

You may want to eat slowly. Your stomach needs at least 30 minutes to realize that you are full. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to eat fast. As a matter of fact, it’s the primary reason we end up eating too much.

5. Renovate your kitchen

What do you keep in your fridge? Your fridge should have what you need to eat. If you keep chips in your fridge at all times, you will binge on chips. What you need to do is remove everything that can become a temptation and keep you away from your weight loss goals.

6. Monitor your Calories

If you work out, you will get a lot of health benefits. Moreover, it will help you maintain your weight in addition to build your muscle. As far as losing pounds is concerned, you may want to cut down on your calorie intake.

7. Know Why You Overeat

You may want to look back to find out what made you overeat. Moreover, find out if you want to eat something when you are in tension. At times, it’s the hormones that make you want to eat too much. Another factor that may do the same is your mood. For instance, if you are depressed, you may get physically inactive. When you feel down, you eat something that makes you feel better.

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Are Guggul and Red Yeast Rice a Safe and Effective Natural Remedy For High Cholesterol?

The natural nutrients guggul and red yeast rice have been used for hundreds of years in the worlds oldest healing traditions, Ayurvedic medicine of India and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Red yeast rice, used since the 7th century A.D. in China , is actually a cooked rice by-product which has been dried, and then used for medicinal purposes. Traditionally, it has been used as a digestive stimulant and to improve blood circulation.

The benefits of red yeast rice are attracting attention today largely because of its effectiveness in safely lowering cholesterol. It’s effectiveness for this purpose is backed by numerous reliable research studies as well as centuries of use in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Recent research has shown that people who had to discontinue use of prescription statin cholesterol drugs because of adverse side effects did well with red yeast rice and had impressive improvements in cholesterol levels.

The herb guggul has been used in Ayurvedic medicine traditionally for a wide range of conditions, including balancing cholesterol and triglyceride levels and it’s effectiveness for these conditions is now backed by solid clinical research.

In one particular research study, after three months of using guggul the result was lower levels of total cholesterol and serum triglycerides (ave. 23% reduction) in the majority of participants.

Two other research trials in India confirmed that guggul can lower total cholesterol and raise HDL (so-called “good cholesterol”). Some people in the clinical trials reported mild digestive upset. There are no other reports of adverse side effects.

The effects that it has on blood cholesterol levels is comparable to prescription cholesterol drugs, but it is without the side effects since it is a natural plant extract.

Are Guggul and Red Yeast Rice Safe?

The safety of red yeast rice is sometimes called into question by some researchers. Their argument is that since it contains compounds that seem to produce an effect similar to cholesterol lowering statin drugs, it may produce dangerous adverse side effects as do the drugs. So far, current research does not support this theory, although more research is needed, for now there is no solid evidence that red yeast rice is unsafe.

Guggul & red yeast rice are natural remedies that are mild and gentle to the body. They can be used safely for extended periods of time without risk of addiction. Centuries of use and modern research have shown these nutrients to be safe and without significant side effects.

Since everyone responds differently, you may want to consult your health care provider before starting any supplementation program or to have any questions or concerns addressed.

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What Are the Benefits of Using the Treadclimber?

The treadclimber is a versatile piece of gym equipment that has the ability to combine the benefits of the stair stepper machine and a treadmill. It is a great choice if you are looking to introduce some cardio activity to the existing strength training workout. Here are several benefits of using the treadclimber machine:

Cardiovascular

The treadclimber is a great option to increase the daily cardio activity. Even a moderately active session of 30-60 minutes per day has the potential to help lower the risk of heart disease, increase the ability to burn calories, make an improvement in good cholesterol (HDL) levels and lower the blood pressure. Overall, the cardio benefits of this machine are regarded as its major strength.

Muscle Tone

The legs perform a constant stair-stepping action while using this piece of equipment which can play a significant role in toning the muscles in the legs. The treadclimber provides a movement that is quite similar to walking up stairs or uphill. This can benefit the major muscle groups such as the hamstrings, glutes, quadriceps and calves.

Weight Loss

A consistent workout plan that makes use of the treadclimber is certain to help in your attempt to lose weight. For instance, a 25-30 minute workout at a speed of 3 miles per hour has the potential to burn about 315 calories. By losing weight at this pace it is possible to drop nearly 1 pound of body fat per 9-10 days of working out.

The treadclimber is more efficient at burning calories than the stair climber and treadmill. It is believed the treadclimber can burn up to 3-1/2 times more calories than a treadmill and nearly 35% more than using a stair climber.

Versatile use

Similar to the star climber, elliptical machine and treadmill, the treadclimber makes it possible to increase the level of intensity or difficulty. This makes it much easier to exercise at a comfortable level when first starting out, and later increase the difficulty level when the body gets used to the workout. By increasing the intensity it is possible to avoid a plateau and make sure your body gets the most out of each and every workout.

Are there any negatives

In addition to the many positives of using the treadclimber, there are also a few issues that may limit its usage for some people. For instance, it isn’t designed to be run on and therefore the pace may be too slow for some. Also, the weight limit on these machines is generally limited to about 300 pounds.

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Waxing Versus Sugaring for Male Grooming Treatments

Male hair removal methods have certainly evolved through the years. Gone are the days when men used a shaving blade to remove hair in different parts of their body. The advances in technology help male grooming become safer, healthier, faster and more convenient to do.

Men remove body hair for a variety of reasons. One is to improve their appearance. Women often do not like hairy men especially if a thick mane grows out of the chest or the back. Hairs coming out of the nostrils or a bushy monobrow are also very unattractive to look at. For men who are into sports such as swimming, getting pubic hair removed is almost a must since they look unsightly with Speedos and swimming trunks. Some men remove underarm hair for better grooming and to prevent body odour.

Male waxing and sugaring are two great examples of current male grooming techniques. These two hair removal methods have a number of similarities as well as differences when it comes to application. But they do serve the same purpose which is to get rid of unwanted man hair. An estimated third of the male population regularly do hair removal procedures in the back, chest, intimate areas, legs and other areas.

Waxing

Waxing for men, also called manscaping or more recently maxing, is a popular choice in salons or male grooming studios. Most men prefer to have a waxing treatment as opposed to some of the other temporary hair removal methods available because of the numerous advantages that waxing provides including:

Areas that have been waxed often remain hairless for at most eight weeks. The reason for this is because waxing removes hairs from the roots not just on the surface and for those clients who carry out regular body waxing benefit from a slower regrowth.

Smoother skin. Areas that are subjected to waxing often have smoother skin. The wax serves as natural exfoliant since it removes dead skin cells once the wax is removed. It not just uproots the hair but the dead cells on the skin too.

Softer hair. The hair that grows after waxing is usually much softer. Also, there are no signs of stubble after waxing unlike shaving.

Reduce skin irritation. Shaving may cause irritation to the skin especially if the blade touches sensitive parts. The person may have cuts and razor bumps from shaving. Not so with waxing.

Sugaring

Sugaring is another popular hair removal option. The sugaring mixture is made up of sugar, water and lemon juice. These ingredients are combined in a lukewarm temperature. They are then applied to the skin where unwanted hair grows. The technique originated in Egypt.

Sugaring for some male grooming clients offers the same benefits as listed above in terms of the appearance of the skin, the regrowth period and smoothness of the skin.

Some male clients are drawn towards sugaring as a suitable hair removal method if they have heat sensitive skin or react to the rosins found in a lot of waxes. However it is worth remembering that a lot of the good wax companies often offer a range of products that are rosin free to offer these clients a more comfortable waxing treatment with less trauma and better results on the skin.

Waxing and sugaring are similar processes but they do have differences in the application and results and clients should research the best options for themselves.

Both methods of hair removal use a similar process; strip waxing and strip sugaring – applying the product directly to the skin and then removing with a paper strip or a piece of fabric. Non -strip waxing and hand sugaring – applying hot wax or sugar paste directly to the hair and removing without the need for any paper or fabric.

More often male clients can have strong coarse body hair and with the waxing method it can offer a better hair removal technique for various reasons; the ” shrink wrapping ” effect of hot wax can encapsulate even the smallest of hairs to ensure a smooth hair free result, something that hand sugaring often cannot achieve. New generation non-strip / hot waxes can also be applied successfully to areas where hair grows in various directions, sugaring often does not achieve best results in these areas.

Degree of discomfort. Both procedures require hair removal from the roots. This means a certain degree of pain or discomfort in both methods, but it is worth stating that for most clients this discomfort is minimal and if these treatments are carried out by a professional trained male grooming therapist as opposed to friends or partners then the difference is remarkable!! You only need to look on YouTube to see those terrible home waxing videos…

Waxing and sugaring may not be a permanent solution to male hair removal but they do provide a viable option for male grooming. The long duration before hair grows back makes them a popular choice among male clients. Both procedures are effective hair removal solutions.

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Better Than Steroids – An Honest Review

In the book, Better Than Steroids, Dr. Warren Willey proposes that a NATURAL trainer can actually get results superior to a steroid user IF the natural trainer follows a proper training and nutrition program.

In this article I’ll let you know if the doctor delivers or if this book fails to live up to the hype.

Dr. Wiley contents that part of the reason steroid users get such great results is because you tend to eat better and train harder while you’re taking steroids. On page 21 he claims…

“I am going to teach you how to mimic anabolic steroids using diet and exercise!”

Next, he mentions a success story from one of this clients. No names are given, and no before and after pictures are presented. The client is simply listed as “L.D.”

In just 12 weeks, L.D. went from 182 pounds at 16.1% body fat to 177 pounds at 5.5% body fat. Which means L.D. not only lost 19.56 pounds of fat, he also gained 14.57 pounds of muscle AT THE SAME TIME!

Here’s the kicker: Dr. Wiley says LD was 60 years old at the time of this study and that he’s had other clients who have gained 30 pounds of lean muscle WHILE dropping 60 pounds of fat by following the same principles.

Now at this point, I’m smell something funny. Smells like Bull Sh*t.

But let’s continue. Doc goes on to talk about the importance of water and that food can actually be used as a drug. I liked this part of the book because all too often we forget just how powerful food can be. Food can be used to spike or depress insulin – just like a drug. And by timing your food intake (eating high carbohydrate foods around the time of your workout and reducing carbs during the rest of the day) you can take advantage of the drug-like qualities of food. Good stuff here.

Then Willey talks about how to calculate your recommended daily calorie intake and even provides 4 different eating plans. The eating plans are as follows:

Isocaloric: Splitting your daily caloric intake evenly among fats, carbs and protein.

Keto Run: Eating ultra-low carbs for 7-14 days at a time.

The modified Carb Drop: Doing a Keto run and then following it up with a carb load.

The Zig Zag: Eating high calories one day, then low calories the next day.

Overall, nothing groundbreaking here. In fact, I saw many similarities between these recommendations and Dan Duchaine’s recommendations in his book Underground BodyOpus. Both talk about using an isocaloric approach at first, then a super low carb diet when weight loss stalls and then adding weekend carb ups to allow you to gain muscle while stripping off fat.

The next few chapters cover pre and post workout meals.

Then we get to Chapter 12: Glycogen Supercompensation.

For me, this is where the book falls apart.

Willey opens with the following case study detailing the experiences of “C.V.” (Again, no full name or photos shown.)

C.V. started out 200 pounds and 8.9% body fat. He then did 10 days of super low carb dieting followed by 48 hours of high carb eating.

He ended up at 212 pounds and 8.0% body fat. On the surface, this looks impressive. And Dr. Warren Willey exclaims…

“There are no typos in the above chart! CV gained 12.8 pounds of muscle in a 48-hour load and actually lost some body fat!”

But this is just flat out wrong. He didn’t gain 12.8 pounds of muscle. He’s just holding water. Because that’s what happens when you cut carbs drastically low and then flood your system with a high dose of carbohydrates – your body ends up holding extra water.

And that’s fine – often times this is a good thing. But you can’t confuse holding extra water with building muscle. Willey is a medical doctor – he should understand the difference between muscle and bloat.

But apparently he doesn’t because he goes on to list even more examples of successful clients. In each case, it’s clear what happens – the client ends up holding excess water for a couple days and Willey chalks it up as “muscle gain”.

But it’s not. You don’t gain 12 pounds of muscle in two days. No one does. Not even steroid users.

From there, the rest of the book gives some bodybuilding routines that sound like something out of a Joe Weider mag – Giant sets, super sets, 21’s, pre-exhaust training, etc.

Oddly enough, this style of bodybuilding training usually works better for steroid users than it does for natural trainers.

Overall – the book fails to deliver on it’s main promise: Willey proves you can hold extra water for a few days by carb-loading, but fails to prove that his strategies can help you gain muscle and certainly fails to prove that these strategies can yield better results than steroids.

So I’d save your money and skip this book. If you want more information on carb loading and glycogen super compensation, track down a copy of Dan Duchaine’s Underground Bodyopus. The book is now 15 years old but Duchaine does a better job of mapping out the principles behind glycogen super compensation.

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Indian Wrestling Exercises

Sirsasana

Sirsasana (Shirsasana or Sirshasa) is a yoga asana (or posture) in which the body is completely inverted, and held upright supported by the crown of the head and the forearms. It is known as the king of yoga asanas.

Like all inserted positions, the practice of sirsasana increases the flow of blood to the brain, improving memory and other intellect functions. It rejuvenates the body and mind and regulates the flow of energy (prana) in the body.

Dands (Hindu press ups)

Hindi press ups are a form of exercise prevalent in Indian physical culture and Indian martial arts, particularly Pehlwani. Hindu squats are called Uthak-bethak and the exercise regimen in Indian wrestling often consist of doing the Indian jack knifing push-ups, Indian club swinging and Hindu squats. [3] The Hindu jacknifing push ups are part of the core exercises for building up of strength, stamina, and flexibility of joints. [4] The dand was also a part of the exercise regimen of Bruce Lee. [5]

The simple set of exercises of dand-baithak (press up and squats) practiced in the villages of India has a beneficial effect on the spine. It takes off the strain from the spell and makes it fit to fight the other strains on the spine caused by the adoption of an erect posture.

Hindu Squats

The hindu squat or Uthak-bethak (Hindi: Standing and sitting) is an Indian calisthenic bodyweight exercise used by Indian wrestlers and other athletes to build leg endurance and strength.

Unlike a normal squat, the boots are elevated, shifting the knees far forward. This places more stress than usual upon the knee ligaments, which some trainers feel may be harmful to them especially with the explosive nature of the exercise. Others believe that squats done this way actually strengthen the knee joint. Due to the elevated heaters, the calf muscles are much more heavily recruited. Heavy weight should not be added in this exercise due to the lack of stability and non-linear path of motion for most weights, as well as the fact that it further exacerbates the knee stresses. To compensate for this lack of resistance, Hindu squats are normally done in very high repetitions. Some experts recommend one-legged Hindus as a more advanced version of the exercise (Ross Enamait), although other advocates of Hindu squats will only perform flat-footed squats.

Salute to the Sun

Surya Namaskara (IAST: Sryrya namaskāra) (lit. "salute to the sun"), is a common sequence of Hatha yoga asanas. Its origins lie in a worship of Surya, the Hindu solar deity. This sequence of movements and poses can be practiced on varying levels of awareness, ranging from that of physical exercise in various styles, to a complete sadhana which incorporates asana, pranayama, mantra and chakra meditation.

The physical base of the practice links together twelve asanas in a dynamically performed series. These asanas are ordered so that they alternately stretch the spine backwards and forwards. When performed in the usual way, each asana is moved into alternate inhalation and exhalation (except for the sixth asana where the breath is held in external suspension). A full round of Surya namaskara is considered to be two sets of the twelve poses with a change in the second set to moving the opposite leg first through the series.

Proponents of the use of Surya namaskara as part of the modern yoga tradition prefer to perform it at sunrise, which the orthodox consider to be the most 'spiritually favurable' time of the day.

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Autoimmune Disorders – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Autoimmune disorders are diseases in which the immune system of the body attacks normal healthy tissue and produces different symptoms of diseases. Nearly 160 diseases are listed as autoimmune disorders; common ones include rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, psoriasis, alopecia areata, SLE, thyroiditis, Addison’s disease, pernicious anaemia, celiac disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Guillain Barre Syndrome.

A genetic predisposition is usually required for the commencement of autoimmune disorders, along with environmental triggers such as infections (bacteria, virus), food allergies, toxins (drugs, smoking, hair dyes, and chemicals) and physical trauma. Common symptoms include joint and muscle pain, general muscle weakness, rashes, low-grade fever, lack of concentration, weight loss, numbness and tingling, dry eyes, hair loss, breathlessness, and palpitations. The hallmark of autoimmune disorders is inflammation, which can affect the heart, brain, lungs, nerves, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, kidneys, glands (thyroid, pancreas etc.) and produce symptoms according to the organ and tissue affected.

The modern system of treatment of autoimmune diseases is by suppressing the immunity with the use of steroids or non steroid medicines such as cyclophosphamide, and vaccines where possible. This treatment can give good results on a short-term basis but it does not cure the autoimmune disease and can result in serious side effects later on. Ayurvedic treatment scores positively in this aspects because it brings about immunomodulation so that the body defence system can gradually take over and help cure the disease completely. This may possibly take more time; immuno-suppressants can bring about improvement of symptoms within a few weeks to a few months, while Ayurvedic treatment may be required from a few months to a few years, depending upon the severity and complexity of the disease.

As mentioned earlier, inflammation is the hallmark of all autoimmune diseases. Steroids can treat inflammation very well; however, the long-term side effects of steroids can be as serious – or probably more serious – than the disease itself. Ayurvedic herbal medicines can significantly reduce pain and inflammation in chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Itching and recurrence of psoriasis can be treated very well with Ayurvedic treatment. Herbs can effectively treat inflammation of glands such as that occurs in thyroiditis, or inflammation and destruction of arteries, nerves, mucosa, muscles, connective tissue and skin such as that occurring in SLE, celiac disease, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, Guillain Barre Syndrome etc.

While steroids and immunosuppressants are common therapy for all autoimmune disorders, the Ayurvedic treatment for each autoimmune disease varies considerably according to the body organs or systems affected. Medical protocol for treatment will also vary considerably according to the severity of symptoms, as well as the treatment response of affected individuals. Most medicines which act on the ‘Rakta’, ‘Mansa’, ‘Med’, and ‘Majja’ tissues are effective in the treatment of autoimmune disorders. These include herbs like Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), and Patol (Tricosanthe dioica). Immunomodulating herbs are also quite important for treating autoimmune diseases and include Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis).

Most affected individuals on immuno-suppressants experience a relapse or flare-up after about 5 to 6 months of therapy. Ayurvedic treatment may bring about improvement within 4 to 6 months; however the slow improvement is worth it since the patient start going into a full remission and the disease can be completely controlled with regular therapy of 12 to 24 months. After this, medicines can be gradually tapered and stopped completely. Further treatment can be given as short courses as and when – or if – required. Ayurvedic treatment can thus be utilized successfully to provide a comprehensive treatment for most of the common autoimmune disorders.

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Want A Bigger Penis? 3 Deceptive Tricks To Make Your Penis Appear Bigger To Her During Sex!

Women have always denied how importantly they regard the size of a man’s penis size when it comes to sex. But the truth according to surveys done on women is that the male organ’s size is indeed a critical factor which determines how well a man can satisfy her desires in bed.

It is no surprise why most men are concerned over how well-endowed they are. Some men even go as far as getting their male organ surgically enlarged to improve their “masculinity” in front of their lovers.

But in reality, there is no need for you to spend a fortune on having a surgery done to increase your penis size. There are far easier ways for you to have a more prominent-looking manhood.

Here are 3 very simple but clever tricks that will help you get a bigger-looking (and definitely visually stimulating) penis!

a) Trim down the forest

One of the first steps you should take to make your penis appear bigger in size is to give your pubic hair a good trimming down. Make sure you use a safe pair of scissors, preferably with a blunt end, to give your pubic area a haircut.

Trimming down your pubic hair is not just a way to make your manhood appear neater and more visually stimulating. By lessening the amount of hair around your penis, you would also expose more of it to make it look bigger in size than before!

b) Get a good workout

If you are a little on the heavy side, get started on some simple workouts to shed some weight. Exercising to get rid of that extra pouch you have in front helps to expose more of your penis, giving it a few good extra inches of size.

Exercising works for you in two ways. Not only will it eventually give you a bigger penis size, but will also leave you looking fitter and trimmer, and definitely more sexually attractive to women in bed!

c) Go hot in the shower

Another very sneaky trick you can use to give you that extra size just before having sex is to hit the shower and turn the water to HOT. Yes, a long hot shower will help to expand the blood vessels in the male organ and draw more blood into them, making your penis expand in size!

Give these 3 tricks a try from today. I can assure you that it is much safer to start trimming your bush, losing weight, and go for a long hot shower, than to suffer through an expensive and painful surgical procedure to make your penis bigger.

Want A Permanent Solution For A Bigger Penis Size?

But what if you want a bigger penis for good? You most definitely do not want to spend the rest of your life hitting the hot shower just before having sex, just to get a bigger manhood size.

If it is a permanently bigger penis that you want, why not start doing some exercises to it!

Exercising the male organ helps to increase the capacity in which it stores blood in its blood vessels. By allowing more blood to enter your penis’ blood vessels, your penile tissues are forced to expand even more, giving your penis a natural increase in size.

It really is not difficult to do these exercises to make your penis bigger. All you need are your hands as tools to perform the exercise routines, and just a few minutes of free time each day.

No, penis exercising will not instantly make you better endowed down there. It will not magically add 3 or 4 inches to your penis size and make you a beast in bed.

But with just a few weeks of simple exercising, you should be able to get a bigger penis size that remains for good!

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History of the Curling Iron

History of the curling iron. Is there such a thing or is the curling iron just a modern invention? Each generation is the same. We think we have invented something new when perhaps all we have done is to modify “old inventions” by applying modern technology. Let us begin to investigate the history of the curling iron or, as it is also known, the curling tong.

Let us begin with the definition of a curling iron. It is a tool, a cylindrical metal appliance, used to change the structure of the hair by applying heat to a lock of hair that has been curled around it. It is natural to think with a modern mind and assume that the heat is generated by electricity. However, the curling iron goes way back before the introduction of electricity.

We only have to look at carvings from the ancient world to see that people cared about the style of their hair and that a popular style involved creating curls. Babylonian and Assyrian men dyed their hair and square beards black and crimped and curled them with curling irons. Persian nobles also curled their hair and beards, quite often staining them.

Egyptian nobles, men and women, cropped their hair close but later, for coolness and cleanliness in their hot climate, shaved their heads. On ceremonial occasions, for protection from the sun, they wore wigs. The wigs would be short and curly or long and full of curls or braids. The Science Museum has an example of curling tongs used by rich Egyptians to prepare their wigs.

In classical Greece it is known that the upper classes used curling irons.

Through time there have been many methods devised to curl hair and to keep the curl in place. For example, in 1906 Charles L. Nessler, a German hairdresser working in London, applied a borax paste and curled hair with an iron to produce the first permanent waves. This costly process took twelve hours. Eight years later, Eugene Sutter adapted the method by creating a dryer containing twenty heaters to do the job of waving more efficiently. Sutter was followed by Gaston Boudou, who modified Sutter’s dryer and invented an automatic roller. By 1920, Rambaud, a Paris beautician, had perfected a system of curling and drying permed hair for softer, looser curls by using an electric hot-air dryer, an innovation of the period made by the Racine Universal Motor Company of Racine, Wisconsin. A significant breakthrough came in 1945, when French chemist Eugene Schueller of L’Oréal laboratories combined the action of thioglycolic acid with hydrogen peroxide to produce the first cold permanent wave, which was cheaper and faster than the earlier hot processes. To control the amount of curl, varying diameter of rods were used for rolling. Technology to hold hair in place was advanced in 1960 when L’Oréal laboratories introduced a polymer hair spray to serve as an invisible net.

The curling iron has remained a favoured tool in spite of all the chemical inventions. We have moved on from the metal rods heated by insertion into hot coals or heating on gas or electric stoves. With no control of the heat of the iron there must have been many cases of singed hair, not to mention burnt fingers and scalps! Modern day styles demand more control and flexibility of hair style with hair looking loose rather than “glued into place”. Electrically heated and electronically controlled irons and tongs are now available. The barrels come in varying sizes enabling a tight curl or loose falling curl finish. Some have a smooth easy-glide ceramic barrel to create a super smooth finish and you can also purchase drop curl hair tongs with a cone shaped tong to create loose, tumbling waves and tousled curls. The fluctuation in hair styles from curly to straight and back again means manufacturers will continue to dream up new innovations to attract both professional hair stylists and the consumer.

So who “invented” the curling iron? Inevitably you find many references to “invented” and “patented by” or “introduced by”. The original inventor is lost in the mists of time but examples of the previous sentence are:

In1866, Hiram Maxim, who designed the machine gun bearing his name, applied for and obtained the first of many patents at age 26 for a hair-curling iron.

Four years later in 1890 two Frenchmen, Maurice Lentheric and Marcel Grateau, used hot-air drying and heated curling tongs to make deep, long-lasting Marcel waves.

The Straightening comb however, is actually credited as first being invented by the late 19th century French hairdresser, Marcel Grateau, who also, invented the curling iron, the permanent wave and later the Gillette safety razor which became popular in Germany after World War I.

In related developments, Rene Lelievre and Roger Lemoine invented an electric curling iron in 1959.

The pressing/curling iron was patented by Theora Stephens on October 21, 1980.

In August 1987 the Wahl Clipper Corporation introduced to the professional market the ZeeCurl. This flat-barrel curling iron gave stylists a tool to create new hairstyles with Z-shaped curls, adding texture and body to all types of hair. In 1988, FrenZee, the consumer version, was added.

There is little doubt that fashion will demand and dictate new innovations to ensure continuation of the history of the curling iron.

Rodger Cresswell

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