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Waxing Instructions — Waxing with Soft Wax

Waxing is the one of the best, oldest and most popular hair removal methods. Its popularity is based on several factors including it’s effectiveness and relatively low cost. But the practice is as much an art as it is a science. Done improperly waxing can lift the skin and cause permanent scarring. For safety reasons and to achieve best results, waxing – especially in hard to reach and sensitive areas – is best left to professionals. If you are determined to do it yourself it is highly recommended that you visit a waxing professional at least once so that you can see how it is done properly before trying it yourself.

Whether you are a professional or a home user it is important to follow some basic guidelines to achieve safe and effective waxing results. This article describes key concepts in how depilatory waxes are formulated and the basic techniques and best practices for safe and effective waxing with soft wax. A later article will describe techniques and best practices for hard wax.

First, we must define the difference between soft wax and hard wax. It is important to note at the outset that the difference in quality from one brand of wax to the next can be significant. Cheap waxes typically use inferior raw materials resulting in finished products with inferior performance and safety characteristics.

Both soft and hard depilatory waxes are designed to be melted and applied to the skin. How the products “cure” or dry on the skin and how they are removed are the essential difference. Soft wax cures slowly and remains tacky. Once applied it must be removed using a waxing strip (a piece of fabric designed for the purpose). Hard wax, often called no-strip wax, cures firmly so that it may be lifted without a strip.

Hard or no-strip waxes tend to be more gentle than soft waxes and are often the esthetician’s choice for waxing sensitive areas such as the lip, bikini and underarm. In general, soft waxes bind and pull hairs more forcefully than hard waxes. However, depending on how the wax is formulated and which secondary ingredients are included, there is considerable variation from one soft wax to the next.

For example, Bombshell Wax sells two types of soft wax, Bombshell Wax Lavender Tea Tree Wax and Bombshell Wax Rose Petal Crème Wax. Bombshell Wax Lavender Tea Tree wax is a translucent wax that goes on in a very thin layer, almost like cellophane. It is ideal for speed waxing larger body areas such as full legs or arms, backs and chests. The Bombshell Wax Rose Petal Crème Wax formula includes titanium dioxide to create a slightly thicker, opaque, cream style wax that goes on a bit thicker to surround and lift even coarse, curly or stubborn hairs. The Bombshell Wax Rose Petal Crème wax is gentler than the Bombshell Wax Lavender Tea Tree wax and is therefore better suited for the face and sensitive areas. The point is that subtle variations in product formulation can make an appreciable difference in how a particular wax performs.

To wax with soft wax, begin by choosing a high quality soft wax such as Bombshell Wax or Cirepil.

Melt the wax in a professional wax warmer on low heat until just liquefied. Alternatively, if you use Bombshell Wax or another wax packaged in a polypropylene container, heat the wax in the microwave in 1-2 minute increments until just liquefied. Do not overheat. Keep in mind that waxes vary in how fast they heat.

Clean the skin with an antiseptic, antibacterial, mild exfoliating liquid such as Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin. Apply the liquid to a cotton ball or cotton round and apply a very thin layer to the area(s) you intend to wax. Do not use Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin on previously exfoliated skin, especially the face.

Pat the skin dry and powder lightly.

Test the temperature of the wax on the wrist using an applicator or spatula. If it’s too hot, allow the wax to cool.

Dip a wooden applicator or spatula (think tongue depressor) into the wax. Scrape the underside of the spatula on the edge of the wax jar so that wax is on only one side of the spatula. Twirl the spatula over the jar until you have control of the wax and you have an ounce or two on the spatula. Spread a thin, even layer of wax in the same direction as hair growth. Repeat: spread the wax in same direction as hair growth (if the follicle is the start and the tip of the hair is the end, spread from the follicle towards the tip).

Do not allow the wax to harden.

Cover the wax with a high quality waxing strip such as Bombshell Las Vegas Strips(TM) and press firmly in downward strokes in the same direction as hair growth.

Hold the skin firmly with one hand. With the other hand, quickly whisk the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth staying close and parallel to the skin. Warning: it is extremely important to remove the strip low and parallel to the skin. If you lift straight up you risk lifting the skin, causing bruising.

Using your hand, immediately apply pressure to the just-waxed skin to soothe tingling nerve endings.

Using a waxing strip, press over and lift and wax residue left on the skin.

To prevent ingrown hairs and break outs, immediately after waxing apply an antiseptic antibacterial, mild exfoliating liquid such as Tonic 86(TM) or Tend Skin. Apply the liquid to a cotton ball or cotton round and apply a very thin layer to the area(s) that was waxed. Apply regularly between treatments (3-5 times per week) to clear and prevent ingrown hairs.

To decrease redness or irritation, apply a soothing cream such as Cream 100(TM) Calming Balm to instantly reduce redness, calm inflammation, soothe the skin, and promote healing.

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Hair Extensions and Excess Shedding Issue

Hair Extensions Shedding

Getting hair extensions can be very involved. There are many different methods available, many different types and qualities of hair to use and many different stylists to choose from. Hair Extensions are not something that you should rush into without thoroughly checking things out. Many things can go wrong if they are not properly attached, removed and maintained.

One issue that may come up with hair extensions is shedding. Shedding starts at the point of attachment. There are many different ways that the hair extensions can be attached. When the point where they were attached becomes loose, the hair extension will slip and fall out of the hair. Sometimes the natural hair will come out as well. Some shedding is to be expected. Here is a question from a woman that had this issue.

Hair Extension Question:

I have extensions that were fused into my hair using the strand method. I have had hair extensions before and it seems that I always have problems with excess shedding for some reason. I don’t have a hair thinning problem and my hair is fairly thick. I was wondering if maybe my stylist should use the hair with the glue that is already on the tips along with the regular glue she uses in the gun. Would this make the extensions more secure? I love having hair extensions, but within 3 weeks I am ready for a fill. I don’t think they should shed this much

Answer:

I’m sorry that you are having problems with your extensions falling out. This can be a very common problem with some hair extension methods. I am not a professional cosmetologist, so I cannot offer you a professional opinion. But I have done extensive research on hair extensions and I can share with you some of the information I have learned.First of all, it is normal to lose some extensions and need filling in. Most hair extensions methods require monthly maintenance visits to address this type of problem. However, if you are losing a lot of the extensions, something else may be wrong.There can be 3 reasons why your extensions are falling out.1. Your hair is not strong enough to hold the hair. (You did not mention whether the extensions are pulling out your natural hair when they fall out.)2. Your hair for whatever reason (perhaps too oily, dry, etc.) is not working well with the glue that your stylist has used.3. The extensions are not being put in properly (Did you thoroughly check out your stylist’s qualifications and training for hair extensions?)

Some of the pre-tipped hair extensions available today are with certain distinct hair extension methods that the stylist must be trained and certified to attach. The chemical makeup of the pre-tipped extensions may be different than the glue that your stylist is using. I wouldn’t think that mixing two types of glues would be good for your hair. Is your stylist concerned about too many extensions falling out? A trained hair extension stylist will know when too much shedding is taking place and some action must be taken.If you are not satisfied with your stylist, perhaps you could schedule a hair extension consultation at several other salons in your area so that you can have another professional opinion about your hair extensions. Some salons charge a nominal fee for the consultation. For more information on hair extensions, visit http://www.hairextensionsexposed.com

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Should I Burn My Leg Hair Off?

Before you go running for a lighter and some inflammable fluid, let’s make it clear that this title was just a way of calling your attention to a well-known hair removal system that uses laser light to burn the hair follicles and stop hair from growing back. Or at least, make it go from dark and fast growing into almost invisible and slow-growing hair. While you will be burning your leg hair off, laser is a considerably safer alternative to trying to get third-degree burns yourself, and much less painful.

Laser hair removal is a minor cosmetic procedure where a qualified technician, or yourself if you choose to use one of the home laser hair removal machines approved for that purpose, beams small areas of your skin with high energy laser light. This energy is absorbed by the melanin in the skin and hair, heating them up and burning the hair follicle to deactivate or kill it. Since the skin has less melanin than the hair, the skin only gets uncomfortably hot and no blistering or burning occurs (unless the safety procedures are disregarded). The result: body and facial hair that falls on its own after a few days, and is replaced by either no hair, or a thinner and lighter version.

The decision of whether you should let laser burn your leg hair off comes down to three factors:

  • Are you suitable?
  • Can you afford it?
  • Can you deal with about 8 months of treatment?

Not all skin types are suitable for laser hair treatment, and while the best clinics have access to equipment that can burn dark hair on dark skin, the best results are usually accomplished on dark hair set against fair skin. So if the hair you want to remove is very light, or your skin is medium to dark, laser hair removal may not be suitable for you. If you tan easily, but your original skin tone is fair, you will need to let that tan fade in order to start your treatment. This may mean keeping your pins under wraps during the entire summer, or using sunscreen.

You will also need to take into account the cost and requirements of an extended laser hair removal treatment, as legs often require at least 6 to 8 sessions, split about 6 weeks apart. That can mean both quite a lot of money, and about 8 months where your legs aren’t allowed to be exposed to sunlight. You are also not allowed to remove leg hair by waxing or plucking or even worse, bleaching it, as the laser needs dark hair to function. This can be quite inconvenient if you enjoy sports such as swimming or want to wear short clothes during the summer, so keep it in mind before committing to it.

For many, the rewards of laser depilation far outweigh the cost and discomfort. It also beats other hair removal methods such as waxing senseless in terms of convenience and, while some discomfort is to be expected, it is considerably less painless than other permanent hair removal methods such as electrolysis. If you are so tired of the hair on your legs to consider burning it off, check out laser hair removal clinics in your area and you may be pleasantly surprised.

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Arborist and Tree Stress Treatment

When a human suffers from an illness it is easy to detect because humans can communicate their discomfort to a doctor. The same thing does not apply to plants and trees because of their inability to communicate. Diagnosing tree problems requires professional expertise. Thus is anyone is looking for tree treatment then there are experts that can do this job. In this way you can easily take care of the fungi and pest related issues that are affecting the health of a tree.

The longer a plant or a tree’s ill-health remains undetected greater the risk that recovery period will be long and eradication from illness will be a stressful one for the tree. This is a job that can be handled by a certified arborist. A certified arborist will identify the root cause of the problem by determining whether the problem is a new development or an issue from the past that has flared up again. Pathology, entomology, climate horticultural practices, soil science, botany and the knowledge of trees are some of the areas which are needed for the proper diagnosis.

To avoid tree stress plant care is very important. Things like good soil, watering them and taking out the unwanted weeds basic essentials of good care. Steps like a yearly health diagnosis for trees and plants will go a long way in ensuring that your trees and plants remain healthy.

One of the important area is mitigation during tree construction. From the beginning of the project when you are constructing your home there should be a presence of an arborist who will actually identify the soil condition. This way soil compaction can be measured. There are lots of things like the damage roots, tree bark, automobiles and bulldozers can ruin the soil. Thus it would be better to hire the services of an arborist who will be completely responsible to ensure that after the trees and plants have been placed there would be no issue that would lead to ill-health.

Trees that are in stress and are sick are more likely to be infested with diseases and insect pests. Plant and tree sickness can arise due different environmental reasons such as excessive watering, little watering, excessive fertilizers, grade changes, soil compaction and ill-adapted plant varieties among others. The best arborists will advise you that the simple way to keep trees and plants healthy is to help them remain stress free. This way they have a better immune system that helps them fight diseases, pests and other infections.

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The Ancient Practice of Sun Gazing

Sun energy is the source that powers the brain. It enters the body through the elements of air, water, fire, and earth. Sunlight enters and leaves the human body most easily and directly through the human eye, provided it isn’t filtered out by colored lenses. The eyes are the grand portals through which sunlight enters the body.

Sun gazing is an ancient practice that can induce healing of body and mind.

The eyes are very complex organs, consisting of 5 billion parts intricately designed and functioning in unity. The primary function of the eye is light-dark perception. Even the most basic, simplest ‘eyes’, such as those belonging to unicellular organisms have no other function but to detect whether the surroundings are light or dark in order to maintain the circadian rhythms.

Acting as a photo lens, the human eye is able to break down the entire spectrum of sunlight into the different color rays – a sort of ocular prism. In a camera, the various rays of light react with the chemicals of the film and encode the pictures you take accordingly. Likewise, upon entering the pineal gland in the brain, the different light rays are chemically encoded in the brain and passed on to the organs and systems in the body.

The vital organs of the body are dependent on specific colors of the light spectrum. For kidney cells to function properly, for example, they require red light. Heart cells need yellow light, and liver cells require green light. Light deficiencies in any of the organs and systems of the body can lead to disease. Regular sun gazing can help restore balance and efficiency to all cells in the body.

The pineal gland is one of the most researched glands of the body. Scientists have established that bright light stimulates the production of serotonin and melatonin in the pineal, but there are other neurochemicals produced by the pineal that have more profound and complex effects apart from regulation of moods, sleep, reproductive function and body temperature.

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania, including Dr. George C. Brenarr, a leading authority on the pineal gland, observed the sun yogi HRM (Hira Ratan Manek) for 130 days in 2002. They found that his pineal exhibited growth and reactivation. The average size of the pineal is 6×6 mm, but in HRM’s case it was 8×11 mm.

Scientists refer to the pineal gland as the ‘atrophied third eye’. Indeed, it, along with the pituitary, is the third eye chakra or energy center, better referred to as dormant rather than atrophied. According to Max Heindel’s Rosicrucian writings, in the distant past, man was in touch with the inner worlds through an activated pineal and pituitary gland. Considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to humans, the third eye has always been important in initiating psychic powers (clairvoyance and seeing auras etc).

To activate the ‘third eye’ and perceive higher dimensions, the pineal and the pituitary must vibrate in unison, which is achieved through meditation or sun gazing. When a correct relationship is established between the personality operating through the pituitary, and the soul operating through the pineal, a magnetic field is created. The pineal can generate its own magnetic field because it contains magnetite. This field can interact with the earth’s magnetic field. The solar wind at dawn, charging the earth’s magnetic field, stimulates the pineal gland. This is why many spiritual teachings claim that the period between 4 and 6 am is the best time to meditate and why sunrise is the best time to sun gaze. At these times, the pineal stimulates the pituitary to secrete Human Growth Hormone. That is why sun gazers often experience rapid nail and hair growth, restoration of hair color, and general rejuvenation. Cleopatra used to place a magnet on her forehead to stimulate the pituitary to restore her youth and good looks. She did not know she already had a magnet in her head.

The technique of sun gazing demands no more than time and attention, and is very simple. One should gaze at the sun only in the morning or evening hours, about one hour or less after sunrise or before sunset. Look at the rising or setting sun once a day. On the first day, look at the sun in a relaxed manner for a maximum of 10 seconds. On the second day, look at it for 20 seconds, adding about ten seconds every succeeding day. After ten continuous days of sun gazing you will be looking at the sun for about 100 seconds. The eyes can blink or flicker and don’t need to be steady. To receive the main benefits of sun gazing, you need to increase the duration in the above manner until you reach three months. This brings you up to the length of 15 minutes of gazing at a time.

At this stage, the sun energy of the sun’s rays passing through the human eye will be charging the hypothalamus tract – the pathway behind the retina leading to the human brain. As the brain increasingly receives extra power through this pathway, you will find a drastic reduction of mental tension and worries. With access to this additional source of energy, you are likely to develop a more positive mindset and increased self-confidence. If you suffer from anxieties and depression, you will find that these go away. Sadness and depression are known to increase with reduced or lack of exposure to sunlight. With fewer worries and fears, your brain may use the saved and additionally supplied energy for healing and improvement of mental and physical wellbeing.

One of the most frequently reported benefits of regular sun gazing is improvement of eyesight.

Life giving, golden rayed, the eternal watchful eye, called ‘the beginning’ and ‘the ultimate truth’ by wisdom, the Sun is also the earliest acknowledged doctor of mankind. We have turned to him for healing since ages – since our very beginnings.

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The Female Shaving Heads Trend and Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an option that women may look into instead of shaving their head because of the high maintenance of a daily shave, and the discomfort of ingrown hairs. Laser hair removal is a real and viable alternative to actual shaving of the head for women.

Reasons for the Female Shaving Head Trend

Some women want to shave and “go bald” because they look and feel good that way. Others may have a hair-loss disorder such as alopecia and want to embrace baldness by shaving their head rather than try to disguise or hide it. Still other women may shave their scalp for charity or as a fashion statement.

Appreciating Your Own Inner Beauty

Whatever the reason for female head shaving or baldness, we would encourage you to embrace the vision of your beauty as a person – to see your own value as a human being, and to realize profoundly that your beauty has nothing to do with your hair or lack of it. Whatever your external attributes are, you can learn to embrace and love yourself unconditionally and not because of how you do or don’t look.

Is Laser Hair Removal a Good Alternative?

If you’re a female who shaves your scalp and you want a permanent solution, then laser hair removal could be just what you want. The hair on our scalps is different than the hair on other parts of our body, which is why it grows longer, but just like body hair, scalp hairs also respond well to laser hair removal.

Problems with Female Shaving Head

Some of the afflictions that females who shave their heads encounter include:

  • The inconvenience of having to repeat the shave every few days or even every day
  • Cuts, scabbing and scars
  • Ingrown hairs causing red spots
  • Soreness associated with the shave
  • The ongoing expense of shavers and other equipment

For all of these reasons, laser hair removal is an option to consider if you are certain that you want a permanently hair-free head. While laser hair removal does hurt when you have the procedure done, it does away with these uncomfortable, time consuming and expensive problems for the long term.

Female Head Shaving – the Way Forward

Only you can know what your exact desires are with regard to your female head shaving goals. Laser hair removal can be a good permanent way to deal with your head shaving problems.

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Sisterlocks – An Interview With a Leading Master Trainer by a Sisterlock Client

Black hair care can be quite a roller coaster ride if you like variety or if you are unsure what hair style works best for you. Going natural with my hair has been my thing for some 5 years now, I have just recently passed my 2nd anniversary with my sisterlocs. My two year experience with Sisterlocks has been a wonderfully freeing and satisfying adventure.

In the beginning the hefty price for the first three visits can be quite daunting especially for those whose mind is not made up. I had done my research beforehand and knew beyond any doubt that this natural hairstyle was right for me.

I must say with laughter that my first 6-9 months I thought I looked like a drowned rat. Because of my hair texture it took almost a year and a half for my hair to really start locking. By then the length had become reasonable and now my length is past my shoulders.

The fullness, length and versatility make me feel beautiful. Any uneasiness I had at the start has been well worth the time, money and effort to arrive at this point. It is important to be able to see the big picture before making an investment into this natural hair lifestyle.

Choosing a Sisterloc consultant will be the most important step in the process. My Sisterlock consultant has been a godsend. It is because of her that my first year went so smoothly. One morning during our 6 week appointment I took the time to do a brief interview with my stylist Blenna Williams. She owns and operates Salon Nature’lle in Memphis, TN, online at salonnaturelle.com.

PFP: What kind of certification or training do you go through as a Sisterlock consultant?

Blenna: One starts out as a trainee, then becomes a certified consultant, then R-certified from there to associate trainer. I am now a master trainer.

PFP: What do you believe is the number one reason why women get Sisterlocs?

Blenna: It is twofold, 1 the beauty of them and 2 the healthy hair therapy they receive and still keep their hair looking feminine and stylish.

PFP: After their initial consultation, what do you believe is the main reason why women choose not to get Sisterlocks?

Blenna: They don’t understand the pricing and how your first three visits set up your lifestyle change.

PFP: What do you find is the leading cause of damage to many African American women’s hair?

Blenna: First is the lack of knowledge, second is the chemicals. We tend to take care of our hair only after it’s been altered and not in it’s natural state.

PFP: What is the biggest problem women seem to have caring for their Sisterlocs when they first get them.

Blenna: We have so little knowledge of our natural hair pattern. We don’t see how beautiful our hair can be. As a master trainer I work closely with my clients in the beginning thereby alleviating any fears and teaching the client proper care until they are comfortable with the process. There are definite steps and stages. This is why we advocate seeking a certified Sisterlock consultant.

PFP: What is the number one stereotype you wish people would get rid of regarding black women’s hair?

Blenna: That by showing our natural hair texture we are exposing negative stereotypes such as nappy headed, when really we are showing the beauty that God gave us.

PFP: What is your best description of what Sisterlocs are and how they look?

Blenna: Sisterlocks are small micro locs that have been interwoven into a stable cylinder that allows the hair to express itself naturally.

PFP: Do you train others how to do Sisterlocs?

Blenna: Yes, at this time there are four master trainers with the company. We go to different cities training others. If one has not gone through a certified Sisterlock training then they are not doing Sisterlocks. They are what we call Step-Sisterlocs and buyer beware. One can check online at the official Sisterlock website for a certified consultant or trainee in their area.

It is becoming wonderfully apparent that more and more black women are choosing natural hairstyles. Even the media is actually portraying African American women with natural hair styles across their pages and channels. It is definitely enlightening to see women becoming more comfortable with who they are.

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How to Make Your Eyelashes Grow in 3 Easy Steps

Knowing how to make your eyelashes grow is somewhat of a science. The reason I say this is because it’s important to know first what eyelashes are made of and what they need to help them grow. Let’s take a quick look at what eyelashes are. Then we can really understand the 3 easy steps to help grow longer eyelashes.

What are eyelashes made of? Eyelashes are made up of 91% protein called keratin. Keratin protein is the basic building block that also makes up our skin and nails. Our hair, skin and nails are made of same basic ingredient. So, what’s good for our skin is also good for our eyelashes. With that in mind, let’s move on to the 3 easy steps to make your eyelashes grow.

Step 1. Start with quality skin enhancers. Collagen is a great example. This protein provides structure for our skin. It’s widely used to maintain skin’s elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Just the same, collagen provides structure for our hair giving it resilience and strength. It can be applied topically to your lashes like a skin cream. Or you can take Vitamin C which helps to form collagen in the body and also stimulates eyelash growth.

Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that slows down signs of aging in our skin. It’s the active ingredient in the form of ‘tretinoin’ in high-end wrinkle eliminating creams. This vitamin stimulates eyelash growth in two ways: it activates new cell growth and helps form keratin protein. If you want to make your eyelashes grow, vitamin A is your ticket. It’s abundant in apricots, pumpkins, peaches, red peppers and so on.

Step 2. Improve your daily diet. You don’t have to “change” your entire diet. All you have to do is add in a few things that help your eyelashes grow longer, thicker and healthier. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are extremely beneficial to make eyelashes grow. Our bodies don’t produce them so you’ll need sources like salmon, almonds and whole grains. Take vitamin C and B-complex to improve circulation. Magnesium and calcium also help promote eyelash growth. This would be found in dairy, meats, avocados and bananas.

Step 3. Avoid damaging your eyelashes. Going to bed without removing mascara can cause lashes to fall out. Rubbing your eyes excessively is the most common way to damage eyelashes. Over washing your eyelashes makes them dry and brittle. If you need to remove mascara, use a mild makeup remover. Olive oil mixed with equal part water works as an effective eye makeup remover. Be gentle with your eyelashes, treat them nice, and provide them with nutrients. That’s how to make eyelashes grow in 3 easy steps.

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Reindeer Hide Rugs – The Perfect Winter Home Accessory Piece

Reindeer hides come in stunning natural hues of greys and browns. Over the recent years their use as rugs and furniture throws in homes has increased due to their natural beauty and elegance. Most of them are sourced from the Arctic regions of Finland where their skins are a natural by-product of the meat industry.

Due to their wonderful, tactile qualities, texture and colours they are proving a hit in many contemporary and traditional households, and are used as unique rugs and furniture throws.

A reindeer hide looks fabulous draped over the arm of your favourite armchair or sofa, and will also double as a wonderful toe-warmer on those cold Winter nights snuggled up on the sofa watching a movie. They may also be used as the foot of your bed to keep your toes and feet toasty on a cold winter’s night.

You may also use a reindeer hide as a luxurious and elegant floor rug, and the effect which is created when the reindeer hide is placed on wooden or stone flooring is truly spectacular. You must exercise caution when using them as floor rugs as they can be brittle haired, and without the correct care can be prone to excessive hair loss and shedding.

If you intend on using your reindeer hide as a rug, you should keep the hide away from all direct sources of heat such as under floor heating and close to fireplaces. It is also worthwhile keeping your hide away from direct sources of sunlight as placing them near a window could also make your reindeer rug dry out. To maximise the longevity of your reindeer hide you should place it in a low foot traffic area where it will not be constantly trampled on.

Every month you may take your rug outside and give it a good shake-out to remove any loose particles or dust. Providing you have a silicone treated hide you may also spray it with a fine mist water sprayer to lock some of the moisture back into the hide and prevent it from drying out.

We have looked at the possibilities of using a reindeer hide as a furniture throw or rug but they also make wonderful accent pieces and throws outdoor, particularly in the Winter months when it is cold outside. They are wonderful thick hides so using them on your outdoor furniture as a winter throw on a crisp, sunny day will enable you to sit outdoors and keep wrapped up to enjoy a little of the Winter sunshine. For this purpose you could also use them in your conservatory.

Wherever you end up using your reindeer hide, whether it be indoors or out you will quickly fall in love with your new home decor accessory and with a little tlc you will be able to use and cherish your hide through many Winters and Summers to come!

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How To Get Rid Of That Ugly Unibrow Forever

Grooming Your Eyebrows for a Better Appearance

A unibrow or mono-brow is the presence of abundant hair between the eyebrows so that the eyebrows seem to join above the nose to form one long eyebrow. In Western culture, the growth of such facial hair is seen as having a lack of grooming, as if embracing a “primitive” appearance. Unibrow separation is the only form of eyebrow grooming for men. Among women, the space between the brows is plucked or treated with electrolysis or other forms of depilation.

The way your eyebrows are groomed can make a considerable difference in your appearance as your eyebrows help shape your eyes and give you character. It is important to keep your eyebrows trimmed and well groomed. Bushy eyebrows require ongoing care and attention. Still everyone needs some kind of maintenance of his or her eyebrows. Good grooming tips are needed by men and women, as well.

Never shave your eyebrows as a quick fix. When your eyebrows start growing back, they will require constant maintenance. The continuous need for grooming will be obvious. Eyebrows require their own special care. Use your razor for grooming your beard.

It is not a good idea to use depilatories within the eye area. It is easy to irritate the skin and cause unwanted injuries. With depilatories, your hairs will grow back quicker than with waxing or tweezing. Your eyes are precious and delicate. Do not risk the safety of your eyes.

There are many kits on the market for waxing your eyebrows. With step-by-step instructions the process seems simple. It is best to have a professional wax your eyebrows, but if you decide to do it at home, have a professional do it the first time. Watch carefully to see how it is done and be prepared for temporary discomfort and pain.

Trimming Your Eyebrows

For those who have thin eyebrows, a small pair of scissors may suffice to trim away the stray hairs. Grooming and trimming of eyebrows is best done under bright light.

Select an area to give attention. Then trim your eyebrows in the direction of hair growth. Work slowing, with care. Hairs trimmed too short will stick out in silly fashion. With a few days of careful trimming you will know if you are on the right track.

Plucking Away Stray Eyebrow Hairs

Besides waxing, tweezing is still the most efficient method for removing eyebrow hairs. If you need to pluck your eyebrows, keep a clean pair of tweezers handy for this purpose.

Keep your tweezers store in a safe and sanitary place. Don’t let anyone use it. Some men may want to use a tweezers to clean their fingernails. This is unsanitary and it makes the tweezers less effective. If you allow such use of your tweezers, prepare to buy a new pair when the ends do not meet properly to grab the hairs.

Begin tweezing with moistened eyebrows. Tweezing after a shower is ideal, but soaking your brow area with a warm washcloth for several minutes will give the same effect. Comb your eyebrows in the direction of their growth and let them fall naturally in place.

Decide which areas need thinning. Then tweeze your eyebrows in the directions of hair growth. For an even look, start underneath, from inside, out. Pull each hair out, one by one, to avoid mistakes. Be careful, some hairs may not grow back!

When you tweeze the center of your eyebrows, look carefully to make sure you don’t get them too far apart. You can always go back later and remove additional hairs, if you need more space.

Do not pluck too many hairs from the top of your brow. Target obvious stray hairs and thin them out a little. Start from the center, then outwards.

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