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Detangling Your Kids Hair

Whether it’s howling screams from soap in the eye or a knot that just doesn’t want to come out, hair care can be difficult for kids. If it were up to them, they would roll out of bed and be on their way. But hair needs to be taken care of just as much as your teeth need to be brushed and hands need to be washed. Kandoo has created some hair care tips to help make parents lives easier when brushing tangles out of what feels like a rat’s nest. To get the kids involved, there are fun facts about hair such as how fast it grows, how much hair we have and why we need to take good care of it. 

Hair Care Kandoo Tips –

 

• How frequently your child washes their hair is up to you. If their hair is oily, if they’ve been swimming, playing sports, or even rolling down a grassy hill, a good hair scrubbing may be in order. If their hair is dry, washing may occur less frequently.

• Teach your child to use their fingertips vs. fingernails when washing their hair for a gentle yet effective clean.

• If your child doesn’t like getting their face wet, help them wash and rinse their hair so as to avoid getting their face too wet. Using a tear free conditioning shampoo so you only have to wet and rinse hair one time (vs. two with traditional shampoos and conditioners) is a comforting and time-saving option.

• For longer hair that has a tendency to tangle, use a gentle detangler after washing such as Kandoo Detangler. Comb through hair beginning at the ends (in a downward motion) and gradually work up the hair shaft. Remember to clean your combs and brushes every few weeks.

• Teach your child that the most important thing they can do for their hair is to keep it clean and treat it gently regardless of their hair type (dry, curly, straight, or oily).

 

Here are some interesting facts about human hair that you can share with your kiddo(s).

 

• Hair is made of keratin, the same stuff fingernails are made of.

• Hair grows at the rate of about ½ inch per month.

• The hair on your head has a purpose. It helps to keep your head warm and provides some cushion for your skull.

• People have more than 100,000 hairs on their head.

• About 50-100 hairs fall out of your head each day but new hairs are constantly growing and replacing the hairs that have fallen out.

• Hair comes in many colors and textures and is determined by your genes.

• Boy’s hair grows more quickly than girl’s hair.

• Human hair grows faster in warm weather (vs. cold).

• Regular haircuts keep hair healthy by protecting the ends from becoming split or damaged.

• Our diets can affect our hair. When we eat a diet rich in nutrients like protein, iron, and vitamin E, our hair looks, feels, and is healthier.

 

Where Kandoo comes from…

Kandoo is part of the Nehemiah Manufacturing family of consumer brands. Based in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nehemiah is committed to introducing products that come to the rescue of busy moms and dads. Nehemiah designs, manufactures, markets and sells brands including Boogie Wipes®, Kandoo®, Downy® Wrinkle Releaser Plus, Febreze® Laundry Odor Eliminator and Dreft® Home Products. To learn about Nehemiah and the products it creates for families, visit NehemiahMfg.com.

 

6 Foods That Will Save Your Skin

Just as an unhealthy diet can have a negative effect on your skin and health, a healthy diet high in antioxidant-rich foods can help protect your body, even from the sun. Since antioxidants help reduce inflammation and free radicals, loading your diet with them will go a long way against sunburn and skin damage as a result of UV rays. Dr. Nicholas Sieveking is a Nashville, TN board certified plastic surgeons and the director of Ageless Solutions, a comprehensive anti-aging and wellness center.
To be clear, Dr. Sieveking is not saying you should completely replace your daily sunscreen with food, but what you eat can offer additional protection for your skin. So if you’re looking for some ingestible sun protection, add these six sun-friendly foods to your next shopping list.
  
1. Berries & stone fruits
Strawberries, blueberries and cherries contain high levels of vitamin C, which can reduce free radical damage caused by exposure to UV radiation. Vitamin C also stimulates collagen production, important for skin’s youthful appearance. As a bonus, cherries contain melatonin, which protects skin from UV radiation and repairs sunburn damage.
2. Leafy greens
If it’s green and it’s got leaves, chances are it’s good for sun protection. According to one study, spinach, kale and swiss chard can reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 50%. Broccoli is also a good choice: it’s full of sulphoraphane, an antioxidant that helps your cells protect themselves against UV radiation.
Fresh herbs like parsley, basil, sage and rosemary are also packed with free radical-fighting, skin-protecting antioxidants. Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to cruciferous vegetables.

   3. Red & orange produce
The antioxidant lycopene has been shown to protect the skin against sunburn and is at least twice as effective an antioxidant as betacarotene when it comes to blocking UV light. It also helps rid the body of free radicals. Chow down on tomatoes, papaya, guava, red bell peppers and pink grapefruit. Watermelon is an especially good choice: it contains 40% more lycopene than tomatoes.
Betacarotene is another antioxidant that has natural sunscreen properties: it’s been linked to reduced reactions to sunburns. You can find it in carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkins, mango and apricots.

   4. Micro-algae
Spirulna has been dubbed “the next great superfood,” and for good reason. This micro-algea — along with chlorella — contains the antioxidant astaxanthin, which has been shown to protect the skin and eyes against UV radiation. It also fights free radicals and inflammation to prevent sun damage by preventing UV-induced cell damage.
If micro-algea isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you can find this powerful antioxidant in shrimp and salmon.

   5. Chocolate
As long as it’s dark chocolate you’re eating, you’ll be ingesting plenty of flavanoids, which can improve your skin’s ability protect against sun burns and other UV-induced issues.
Research found that people who ate about one ounce of high-percentage dark chocolate every day for three months could withstand twice the amount of UVB rays before their skin started to turn red, compared to those who didn’t.

  
6. Green & black tea
The myriad health benefits of tea are well-known, but it’s nice to know that the cups you’re drinking can also help protect against sun damage. Green and black teas are packed with polyphenols that can help stop cancer development by limiting the blood supply to the cancerous area.

Green tea can even help prevent non-melanoma skin cancer by enhancing DNA repair.
Bon appétit!

Stript Wax Bar and The Vajacial

“Mompreneur,” Celebrity Waxologist & Esthetician Katherine Goldman founded Stript Wax Bar in 2009, fulfilling her vision of a boutique dedicated to the art of waxing.  Now a chain of ten boutique waxing bars across California, Stript Wax Bar locations are all about the newest and close to painless waxing techniques in the industry.

We recently got to visit Stript Wax Bar’s West Hollywood location and try their top services: the Brazilian Wax and the “Vajacial.”  In case you aren’t familiar (because we weren’t) a “Vajacial” is a facial for the pubic area which is performed post Brazilian wax. The Vajacial is exclusive to the Stript Wax Bar salons and created by Katherine Goldman, Founder and Celebrity Waxologist.  Most effective after a Brazilian or Bikini was, The Vajacial is a 4 Step Process that involves cleansing, toning, exfoliating and ending with a mask to prevent in-grown hairs.

All of the services that we tried were terrific. The Brazilian was as close to pain-free as possible and the esthetician did her best to make me feel comfortable with everything.  I was interested to try the Vajacial since like make other woman (and men) I have huge issues with post waxing redness and especially ingrown hairs. For years, Victoria Secret Models have kept me wondering how they achieve such a flawless bikini line. The veil is finally lifted and I am sure that the long keep secret of the elite is the Vajacial

“People are always intrigued by these services when they hear about them, then they try them and fall in love,” Says Stript Wax Bar Founder, Katherine Goldman. “The more you can do to help make yourself feel and look as sexy as you want to be is always a good trend.”

Stript Wax Bar offers endless beauty services, at locations throughout California, including in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Lafayette, Oakland, Pacifica, and San Jose. They specialize in offering top-of-the-line waxing services for men and women, using the highest quality hard wax from Europe. In addition to waxing all areas of the body, they offer facials, spray tans, brow shaping, and makeup application. For more information, visit the website at: www.striptwaxbar.com.

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Get Ready For the Holidays

IMG_5807 IMG_5812 IMG_5814 IMG_5815If you are anything like us, you are holiday party hoping until you ring in the New Year.   From Work Parties, Christmas Concerts, Holiday Parties, Opening Presents on Christmas Eve, Church services, you are fully booked.  Instead of scrambling last minute putting yourself together when you have a last minute soiree, simplify your beauty routine so that you are always ready.   Lets get real, you have enough on your plate already!

Simplify your beauty routine with eyelash extensions. We recently stopped in to the BlinkBar which just opened their second location in West Hollywood off Melrose Ave earlier this year.  Tirzah Shirai, the Found of Blinker says “I put so much thought and effort into creating this space with he help of the Consort Design team, in order to offer clients the most luxurious eyelash experience. We have built up an amazing team, selection of services, product extensions inlacing Lash Shampoo, and a membership program all which allow our customers the opportunity to consistently and affordably look gorgeous.”

Blinkbar is one of the only US Salons offering 100% Siberian mink lashes and the only brand with a satisfaction guarantee. Shirai’s specialized European/ Hollywood hybrid approach has made Blinker the go-to brand for A-Listers, fashionistas, and beauty junkies seeking to obtain the pinnacle of lush, yet natural-looking lashes.

I had an incredible experience with Blinkbar.  I usually go for a natural look, and the specialist was intuitive enough to achieve my look.  Its been 5 days and I have not had to use mascara or eyeliner at all.  Eyelash extensions have simplified my look for the holidays.  Whether I am running out to the store for last minute shopping or getting primped for another Christmas gathering, I know that I will look amazing.  The best part is that the lashes will last for up to 3 weeks, so no worries until after you are done celebrating into the New Year.

 

Looking Fabulous All Winter Long

Summer fades away and is like a dream that you don’t fully remember. There are no more weekend getaways, european holidays, or a summer love affair left to distract you from the harsh truth’s of life . And once the reality fully sets in, you are frozen by the winter months and it is all so overwhelming.  The end of the year, harsh weather and christmas may be stressful, but this doesn’t mean that you need to look the part.  There are so many things that can keep you looking and feeling fresh through it all.  We turned to an expert for some serious advice!

“The holiday season and winter can be a drain on people,” explains Katherine Goldman, celebrity esthetician/waxologist and owner of the Stript Wax Bar. “It is important to make sure you take care of yourself throughout the winter, so you don’t end up feeling completely stressed out and drained.”

Here are some tips for looking and feeling your best throughout the holidays and all winter long:

  • Facials. When it comes to looking your best, opt for having facials done throughout the winter. This will help keep the skin looking fresh and healthy, despite any extra stress that may arise during these months. While having this done, see about taming your eyebrows so that they look great for those holiday pictures.
  • Tanning. Many people want to keep a healthy glow or tan during the winter months. It is important to opt for a healthier way to do this, such as using a good salon quality spray-on tan, rather than going to a tanning booth. This way you can maintain your color, but won’t dry your skin out or have the risks that come with tanning beds.
  • Stay hydrated. The winter months can tend to be very drying on the skin, so it’s important to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated, as well as use a good quality skin moisturizer. With the colder weather, you can also keep your fluid intake up by having hot tea, just don’t load it up with sugar.
  • Eat well. The holidays can be a busy time, making it even more important to eat a good diet so that the body gets proper nutrients and energy. A healthy diet will keep people feeling good all winter long. The winter months are notorious with people reaching for comfort foods, but many of them can leave people feeling flat and packing on the pounds. Opt for healthy soups and tasty vegetable casseroles for comfort. When attending holiday parties, opt for trying to eating something before attending, to keep from filling up on all of the goodies sitting out. Rather than completely avoiding the goodies, stick to trying just a small portion so there are no regrets later.
  • Keep moving. Getting enough exercise will not only help keep you looking good, but it will help you feel great, too. Exercise releases endorphins, which naturally brings about a happy and positive feeling. Consistent exercise will also help to reduce those stress levels as they creep up around the holidays. It’s tempting for people to lax on exercising during the winter, but that will leave you feeling down. There are plenty of exercise plans you can do indoors by tuning into workouts on television, popping in a DVD, or you can always join a gym.
  • Relax. There may be parties and festivities to go to, but it’s important to get some down time, too. This includes taking time to unwind, relax, and get enough sleep each night. This is the perfect time for you to take up yoga and/or meditation as a way to relax, lift the spirits, and get those happy hormones flowing.

“There will a lot of holiday pictures taken, so you want to look your best,” added Goldman. “You also want to feel great when you are enjoying those festivities, too. It’s important to take measures to help care for and maintain your insides and out, so you look and feel great all winter long.”

Stript Wax Bar has locations throughout California, including in Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Lafayette, Oakland, Pacifica, and San Jose. They specialize in offering top-of-the line waxing services for men and women, using the highest quality hard wax from Europe. In addition to waxing all areas of the body, they offer facials, spray tans, brow shaping, and make-up application. For more information, visit the website at: www.striptwaxbar.com.

Top Healthy Must Haves For the Winter Months Ahead

Winter may be cold and dreary, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pack on the pounds to keep warm.  After all, the Summer quickly reappears and what will you do when you find yourself jet setting to a Caribbean adventure?  This is why we are so grateful that  Sara Siskind, Certified Nutritional Health Counselor and  founder of Hands on Healthy gives Markit Loved her top items to stock up on during the Winter Months.  Heres what you should have in your Pantry:
1. Coconut water is a great natural water that is lightly flavored, low in calories and contains numerous nutrients including electrolytes like magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium. You can drink it on its own and it doesn’t require refrigeration which is perfect for your pantry. I love to use it in smoothies or with oatmeal to add a naturally sweet taste.

2. Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites are my favorite pantry snack staple that not only tastes great but are full of nutrients as well. Containing pistachios, cranberries a touch of sea salt and agave nectar, Pistachio Chewy Bites are naturally gluten and dairy free with no added preservatives or additives. Providing the perfect balance of carbohydrates and protein these snack bites keep your energy sustained throughout the day.

3. Rolled Oats are a naturally gluten free whole grain for anyone who has gluten sensitivities. Rolled Oats have a long shelf life and are filled with fiber to help aid in digestion and keeping you full. They also provide an excellent source of carbohydrates and have been proven to lower cholesterol. Rolled oats do not have to be cooked in order to be eaten. My favorite rolled oat recipe is Overnight Oats- 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1 cup of almond milk or coconut water, 1 1Ž2 tablespoons chia seeds and a handful of berries or dried fruit with a dash of cinnamon. Leave in your fridge overnight and enjoy.

4. Apple Sauce is one of my favorite pantry staples. With a creamy and sweet texture, this snack comes in handy as a satisfying healthy comfort food during the winter months. Loaded with vitamin C and fiber, apple sauce boosts your immune system and helps to keep you full. I recommend buying the organic individual serving size that you can leave in your pantry and not worry about waste. They come in all sorts of varieties varying from sweet to tart. The choice is yours!

5. Nut Butter- Peanut butter has been known as the go-to nut butter, however now you can find pretty much any of your favorite shelled nuts or seeds made into a butter. Just a small amount (no more than 2 tablespoons per day) packs enough protein, healthy fat and fiber into your meal. With an extended shelf life this is the perfect pantry staple. You can shmear it on a cracker, add it to a smoothie or eat it straight off the spoon. Remember to watch for added sugar and salt and stay clear of low fat versions as they add in fillers to replace the heart healthy fat.

6. Dried Fruit- There are so many varieties of dried fruits to choose from that provide a nutritional punch of vitamins and minerals and fiber. Although my second choice to fresh fruit due to lack of water, dried fruits are nonperishable and serve as a convenient sweet, healthy snack. Make sure to read labels and watch for any added sugar. My top picks are ones loaded with the most fiber such as dried figs, apricots, and peaches. They keep you full and help slow down the absorption of sugar.

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All Hail, Coconut Oil?

IMG_4614The last place that you are thinking of putting Coconut Oil is on your face, body or hair, right? I mean my muscles tense at the thought of it. Regardless, growing bodies of research, countless experts, and armies of natural beauty devotes swear by the stuff.  Are they onto something?

Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and anti fungal, its an excellent moisturizer, it can penetrate hair better then other oils and smells like cookies.  Have I won you over yet?   With a $10 bottle you can use it from head to toe and replace hundreds of dollars of product that you are buying now.  Use Raw and Organic  Virgin Coconut Oil for the best results.  Here are 5 amazing uses for it in your home without spending a fortune on store bought products.

  1. As a Face Cleanser and Eye Make Up Remover The Coconut Oil actually pulls off the oils and dirt from your face, leaving your skin smooth and supple. Its especially noticeable the following morning.  Take a spoon full of Coconut Oil massage it into your skin and leave on for about 5 minutes. Once you feel ready, soak a wash cloth in hot water and gentle wipe off the oil.  This will change your life!
  2. Teeth Whitening  Oil-Pulling, has been used for thousands of years in Chinese Medicine.  The store bought tooth paste is not removing the oil based plaque, which is why you should go to your dentist every 6-12 months for a cleaning.  The Coconut Oil actually pulls off the plaque, helping to whiten and clean teeth.  Swish a spoon full of Coconut oil in your mouth for 5-10 mins nightly for the best effect.
  3. As a Hair Conditioner and add Shine to hair There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil, according to research.  Apply a quarter-size dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle cleanser.
  4. To Moisturize Body and Hands  Coconut Oil needs some time to absorb, so its not suggest doing this on your way out of the door.  Best time to lather up is after a shower when your getting into bed.
  5. Rubdown or Body Scrub  Wether you’re planning a romantic rubdown or need a good scrub, Coconut Oil is your go to.  Store bought body scrubs are a waste of money, aside from the fact that they have useless ingredients that are impossible to pronounce.  For a quick DIY project, mix up a fresh batch yourself by adding Sugar or Salt with any essential oil that you like.  We prefer Lavender.

 

Sleep More to Get Skinny?

Taking care of the inside is just as important as taking care of the outside.  Thats why, every week we will be bringing you some expert advice from Dr. Jeanne Wilson and Holistic Nutritionist Heather Wilson from East West Essentials.

Our bodies pull in toxins from the food we eat and the environment around us every single day. And while it is ideal to cleanse your body about four times a year with the East West Essentials Optimal Cleanse, there is also a trick that can help detoxify your body all year long. And it’s easy! Here’s all you have to do: Go to bed by 10:30 p.m. and make sure that you sleep in the dark.Yes, that’s it! This time is key to a successful sleep, which in turn allows the liver and other organs to fully detoxify the body and improve hormonal balance

In Chinese Medicine, we know that the liver cleanses the blood between 1 and 3 a.m. and you must already be in a deep sleep before 1 a.m. to get the full detoxification benefits of the liver energies.  Sufficient rest at the right time and following the body’s natural circadian rest rhythms of sleeping when dark and up with the light is essential for healthy metabolism – and a healthy metabolism helps control weight gain!

Maintaining natural rhythms of sleep and natural light and dark sleep patterns are essential and powerful for controlling your hormone levels.

So… did I just say that getting a good nights sleep at the proper time and observing the light and dark natural patterns of a natural environment (this means no TV or computers, rather a real “nighty-nite, lights off” just go to bed routine) will help you lose weight (especially if you are on a diet program) and make you feel emotionally better (improve anxiety and irritability as well as reducing PMS symptoms in women) and become a happier human being?

Yes, I did.

My best to you! –Dr. Jeanne Wilson