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Denver’s Organic Salon Moves into it’s 2nd Year!

Well 2014 has been an epic year for Denver and for Colorado. New businesses are opening everyday and more and more people are moving to our wonderful city and state.

My Hair Trip Salon Denver, Colorado’s only certified green, eco-friendly hair salon, barbershop, art gallery and jewelry and apparel boutique opened this year at 8th and Santa Fe in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. This brand new, one-of-a-kind salon is located at 773 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO, 80204.

This sustainably-concious small business is family-owned and operated by the Zamora Family. Everything they carry in their boutique along with all of the art they show in their gallery is locally made by artists and designers, right here in Colorado.

At Denver’s premier eco-salon, their slogan is, “Look Good. Feel Good. Be Good. Using all organic products and services they try to achieve what their clients want through beautifying from the inside out. Active in their community and with local charities, My Hair Trip Salon Denver uses their small business as a platform for doing good for others.

This top-rated, professional hair salon in downtown Denver has had quite a year. According to the Zamora’s it has been “a roller coaster ride” but as Paul Zamora says, “the roller coaster’s got to roll to the bottom if you want to climb to the top again.

Looking forward to a new year in 2015, the Zamora’s and My Hair Trip Salon Denver, can’t wait to see what’s in store for their new business in its second year and what is in store for our wonderful city.

You can check out My Hair Trip Salon Denver on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Tumbler, and at 8th and Santa Fe in the Denver Art District.

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    7 Household Plants to Soothe Your Health & Beauty Woes

    Plants that will make you pretty, inside and out
    by EMILY WOODRUFF

    Breathe Easy With English Ivy
    The one thing DIY blogs and Home Depot enthusiasts gloss over: The nasty smells and chemicals that come with revamping your home. The solution? English Ivy. NASA scientists list the vine as the No. 1 best air-filtering houseplant. It sucks up formaldehyde, a carcinogen produced by household cleaning products, plywood, particle board and other pressed wood, like cabinets and engineered or laminate hardwood floors.

    Remember With Rosemary
    Have you ever made your way to your car after shopping to find you, um, can’t remember where you left said vehicle? If you answered, “No, because I can never find my keys to make it to the store,” consider growing rosemary in your home. A recent study found that the carnosic acid in the plant improves circulation to the brain, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

    Keep a small pot of this low-maintenance herb in your home to reap the benefits — studies have shown that just smelling the aroma of rosemary improves memory. To really get your brain blood pumping, steep a sprig in hot water for five minutes to create an anti-amnesia tea.

    Stressed? Take a Whiff of Lavender
    Lavender: Not just for the ol’ underwear drawer. Taken orally in pill form, it’s been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, like insomnia and depression. In one study, just a whiff of the scent reduced the feelings of unease that accompanied a trip to the tooth doctor. While we won’t dub it the new laughing gas just yet, we might plant one outside the dentist’s office.

    To bring a sense of calm into your home, grow this plant in a medium or large bucket in an area that gets plenty of direct sunlight. Once it blooms, snip off individual stems and hang them upside down to dry. Scatter the dried blooms in a bath and settle in for a relaxing, lavender-infused soak.

    Lady Palm for Your Sneezing and Wheezing
    This plant targets airborne ammonia, an enemy of the respiratory system and a major component of both household cleaners and animal waste. So, if you’ve got a pet, you’re inhaling this eye, nose and lung irritant, whether you’re obsessed over cleaning up after it or just pretending the kitty litter is self-cleaning. OCD neat freaks and crazy cat hoarders alike can help counteract the gas with this easy-to-care for indoor plant.

    Shoo Flies With Catnip
    It’s not that we like being covered in bug bites, it’s just that we’re not willing to cover ourselves in chemicals to avoid them. Enter: catnip. Research suggests that it repels mosquitoes 10 times more effectively than the chemical repellant DEET. To create your own natural repellent, simply crush the leaves and rub them on your skin or clothing. Just make sure you’re not in cat country — or worse, cougar country — when you apply it.

    Face-Plant Into Aloe Vera
    It’s known for taking the sting out of sunburns, but the gel that oozes from this plant can also make your acne cream more effective. In a study, those who applied aloe vera after applying a retinoid prescribed for acne experienced a 90 percent reduction in acne, compared to a 65 percent reduction in those who used the retinoid alone. If you’d rather have 10 percent of your acne, compared to 35 percent (this is not a trick question), slap on some aloe vera 10 to 15 minutes after applying your retinoid.

    SEE NEXT PAGE: Chamomile: the Wrinkle-Reducing ChampionChamomile: the Wrinkle-Reducing Champion
    Chamomile, long celebrated for its ability to aid in digestion, contains alpha-bisabolol, a compound that reportedly slows down the aging process by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. One study found that alpha-bisabolol reduces hyperpigmentation more effectively than arbutin, the most common skin lightening ingredient.

    To slow the hands of time, add dried chamomile flowers to distilled water and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to steep for 20 minutes, then store the mixture in an airtight bottle in the fridge. Apply it twice daily in place of a toner, and watch with wonder as that alpha-bisabolol goes to work on your red spots, dark marks and wrinkles.

    Article found at: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/best-indoor-plants-140819/page7

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      Yoga Poses to Tame Holiday Stress Instantly

      Take a break from in-laws, company and holiday budgeting with this easy mood-soother

      by HAYLEY MASON

      The holidays are a joyous time filled with treats, gifts and togetherness; it’s also filled with company that stays too long, nosy in-laws and some stress on the checkbook. The American Psychological Association reports that, during the holidays, 69 percent of people are stressed from lack of time, 69 percent from lack of money and 51 percent over the pressure to give or receive gifts.

      Rather than hitting the gym to burn off tension and anxiety (face it, you’re not making it there over the holidays), turn to these stress-relieving yoga poses from Nadia Narain, yoga instructor to stars like Reese Witherspoon and Kate Moss. “I like yoga, because you need to be connected to your breath, and it works on the nervous system as well as the physical body,” says Narain.

      In her new DVD, “Everyday Yoga for Stress Release,” Narain focuses on three areas of practice — one for burning off tension with strengthening, flowing poses; another for when you’re burnt out and exhausted, in need of lighter activity; and a third to relieve emotional stress (i.e. the sure-to-happen-at-least-once family fight). Here, the yoga poses for relieving all your stressful holiday woes.

      If a Flight Home Isn’t in the Cards
      The main cause of emotional stress during the holiday season: loneliness. If you’re stuck in a different city than family or mourning the loss of a loved one, release tension with this upbeat, non-traditional pose.

      The Pose:
      Bouncing Release

      Start in a standing position. Stretch your arms up and over your head, and begin shaking out your wrists, relieving tension from the body. Start loosening your fingers, hands and arms as you shake. “Releasing stress, tension, unwinding, undoing,” describes Narain.

      Start to bounce through the knees, beginning to jump. Move your hips side-to-side and keep jumping for 30 seconds.

      Slow down to a standing position, but keep shaking out the arms and wrists. Keep breathing, softening the shoulders, then reaching your arms up and stretching to the sky, inhaling as you do so. Next, exhale, releasing the arms down.

      Narain instructs to breathe in and out as you feel the energy running through you, stretching your arms and neck if you’d like.

      After the bounce and release pose, step to the front of your mat and bring your hands into prayer position. Inhale, reaching your arms up, then exhale, bending forward and bringing your hands to your shins.

      As you inhale, straighten your arms and lift your chest, bringing your head up slightly. Then as you exhale, bring your hands back behind your legs and your head down. Inhale, stretching all the way up and bringing hands to the sky. Then exhale, dropping back to your shins. Repeat the sequence one to two more times.

      Why It Soothes:
      “I created this sequence with a few different elements that are not strictly yoga poses,” says Narain. “Just allow a bit more freestyle, rather than being strict with instructions and alignment.” You can also add cobbler’s pose to the end of the sequence to release tension further.

      When Your In-Laws Are Driving You Crazy
      If you find yourself grinding your jaw or taking to the eggnog a little too heavily, you’re probably feeling some pent-up tension and stress. To burn it off, add more movement into your yoga routine.

      The Pose:
      Strengthening, Flowing Sequences

      Start at the front of your mat with your hands in prayer position. Inhale, reaching arms up to the sky. Exhale, folding down at the waist and bringing your fingertips to your toes. (Narain advises to bend slightly at the knees if you feel too much pull.) Inhale, lifting the chest and stepping your right foot back into a lunge. As you exhale, move into downward facing dog. Inhale, going into a straight-armed plank pose. Then as you exhale, press back into downward facing dog again.

      Next, inhale, lifting your arms above your head and bringing yourself into crescent pose (a high lunge with arms stretched over your head). Hold this pose for a breath or two, sinking slightly deeper into the pose if you can.

      Bring both your hands to the ground and step your feet together at the front of your mat. Inhale, reaching arms up and above your head, then bring them back into prayer position. Repeat the sequence on the opposite side.

      Why It Soothes:
      Narain created the tension-burning segment of her DVD to have more flow to invigorate your body. “Both a slow practice and a little more fluid practice are beneficial, depending on how we feel. Sometimes we need to conserve energy, but other times we need to build the fire a bit more.”

      Photos: Republished with permission from “Everyday Yoga for Stress Release with Nadia Narain.” To see Narain’s full sequences, you can purchase the DVD on Amazon now.

      Article found at: http://www.totalbeauty.com/content/slideshows/relaxation-techniques-yoga-141215/page4

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        My Hair Trip Salon Denver

        Here is a little info about our salon in Denver, CO, and some of what our clients have said about some of their experiences in our new green salon.

        My Hair Trip Salon is Denver’s only certified green, organic hair salon, barbershop, art gallery, and jewelry and apparel boutique. This top rated hair salon, in the Denver Art district on Santa Fe, is an environmentally friendly salon, as well as a boutique carrying all local jewelry and apparel, and an active art gallery and event space in Denver, CO. This eco-salon has brought together top hairstylists who are friendly and attentive and built a unique and comfortable salon space using repurposed materials, to offer the Mile High City an awesome salon experience on every visit. My Hair Trip Salon Denver specializes in Organic hair care and can provide all the best natural hair care products and services available today and into the future. Call or book online for your appointment today!

        “yayyyy!

        a) i am using the decor as my premier interior decorating inspiration. place is like a fucking pinterest board.
        b) the service rocks and they get you drunk (if you are like me and get drunk off of .05% of a glass of white wine BUT THEY GIVE YOU THE WHOLE GLASS SO)
        c) i wanted to talk to my stylist all day (seriously i am regretting going home to my boyfriend and dog who are presently snoring on the couch)
        d) the haircut! bangs! layers! erica did an incredible job and made me feel like a european princess. except better. like a european princess with a fan softly blowing her beautiful bangs away from her face.

        thank you! xoxoxo” -Mal B-

        “Holy mother of hair, I love this place!!! Just move to Denver and was in desperate need of a styling. Wanted a drastic change to bright red/ copper blonde ombré, and Erica did an amazing job. It’s SUPER vibrant and she really perfected the fade from red to blonde, looks really cool. The organic products used on my hair makes it feel so healthy and renewed. I never buy salon hair products, but I was 100% sold on the Phia shampoo/conditioner. Much to my surprise, my appointment was on the “First Friday” of November, so there was some live art going on while I was getting my hair done. Looking forward to coming back every 6 weeks :D” -Jenna L.-

        “After days of searching for a green salon in fever that used organic and natural products I finally decided on My Hair Trip Salon! I called and spoke to Thomas and he answered all my product questions and suggested I see Nicole for my Curly Girl Cut! Within the first few minutes of being in the salon I was in love! Local artist art work on the walls, unique local apparel, jewelry and greeted with a glass of wine! My experience at the hands of Nicole was like no other at any salon I’ve been to EVER! The time and attention she gave my hair, to planning where I wanted to go with my hair…She made me love my hair all over again! I am looking forward to my next appointment! I would definitely recommend her and My Hair Trip to all my friends and any Curly Girls like me!” -Illene P.-

        “Wow! This is the hippest salon in Denver. My daughter got a great cut and color from Sanja. Because I’m the coolest mom ever for taking her in to get a dark red purple all over color. Such a fun place. Part hair salon part gallery in arts district at 8 th and Santa Fe. I walked around some great galleries while she processed and headed back to hang out in My hair trip’s cool store. Great vibe and so fun. Will definitely go here for my own hair needs. Prices were reasonable and even a bit low for the great service and atmosphere.” -Whitney M.-

        “I came accross this shop on a first friday art walk and they had all sorts of fun things. I decided to come back for a haircut, and everything about this place is awesome. I love the artistic local feel of the shop, and the people are all so nice! I am a huge skeptic when it comes to hair stylists and I have had quite a few dissapointing haircuts. I am almost certain that this was my most favorite haircut I have ever received. Nicole did a great job and she did it exactly what I want, which is super rare to find. I came in with super long hair and we did an asymetrical pixie/bob cut and it looks great! I also like that all the products they use are all natural with no chemicals. I won’t be going anywhere else from now on.” -Danielle P.-

        “Always an upbeat reception, exceptional hair cuts and color!

        I absolutely get a million compliments when I get my hair done here. I will – not – go – anywhere – else, hands down. I went from long hair to short hair and it’s the best cut of my life. I’m also a blonde and I love the natural hair coloring to cover my roots. It’s a feel good type of place!” -Liz M.-

        “By happenstance I stumbled upon this salon while waiting for my appointment for another salon in the same area. I missed parking in front of a different salon and had to park up Santa Fe a bit, plop; Right in front of this storefront. What caught my eye was that it boasted being an “as natural as it gets” (not verbatim) hair salon which I thought was very cool. I strolled in to see if they could take a walk in right away, and even though I waited longer than expected, the Salon Owners were super pleasant as well as very nice to talk to. My stylist was Sanja and she was bad-ass. My hair had no style what-so-ever and frankly looked like crap in my opinion. With the swift cut of some simple layers and styling, it looks awesome. I will be returning for future hair cuts and colors.”
        -Brittany M-

        “I visited My Hair Trip Salon for the first time last month and I received an AMAZING haircut from Nicole. I have really thick (sometimes wavy) hair that doesn’t always cooperate. She was able to expertly add in layers to lighten it up while still keeping the length – exactly what I wanted. Nicole is awesome stylist and a great person.
        I also really like the product that My Hair Trip uses. It’s organic and left my hair feeling soft, shiny and full of volume. Furthermore, the salon embraces it’s neighborhood and features local artists on the walls and local designers (both clothing and jewelry). I can’t wait for my next appointment, because I know that there will be something new every time!” -Bonnie K-

        “This is the best salon in Denver! Right when you walk in you get a rush of good vibes. Prices are reasonable and the value of the service is unmatched anywhere. Gotta check it out!” -Kadie T.-

        “This salon is simply awesome. As a first-time customer, Amber give me a totally different look and I love it! I’m usually super conservative with my hair, but Amber wasn’t shy to share her opinion/expertise based on my face shape, hair type, etc. The result was wonderful! Not to mention the atmosphere, which is welcoming, trendy and chill all at the same time. I’ll be back for sure.” -Jenna L.-

        “Nicole, the owner, and another girl formthe salon did my hair and makeup for my wedding along with my bridesmaids. They were on time, ready to go, and made everyone look absolutely fabulous. I felt beautiful on my wedding day and she didnt even have to re-do a single thing on anyone! The team was amazing and easy to work with. I will use this team for every big event in my life!” -Tenley W.-

        “Nicole is amazing at cuts AND color! I discovered her by chance (after several bad cuts/colors…ahem…Aveda), and I was always extremely pleased with the results. I moved from Denver a couple years ago, and I haven’t been able to find someone I trust with my hair as much as Nicole. What I really liked is that I could go in and just tell her to do what she wanted, and it was always perfect. I never had to worry about making sure I told her EXACTLY what I wanted, with 5 pictures from different angles and all that. She knows what looks good on you, and she’ll tell you if what you’re thinking you want might not work for your face. Basically, I love her!
        Also, the salon she works at is awesome and you get a free drink with your hair service! At least you did when I was there. It’s not one of those stuffy, hoidy-toidy salons with 10 attendants you have to tip. Just down-to-earth stylists in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Definitely check it out.” -Allison L.-

        “I love my Hair!!! Nicole did an excellent job, my color is better then I have ever had it, she knew exactly what I was looking for and my cut is awesome! I would highly recommend her!” -Holly J.-

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          My Hair Trip Salon Denver

          My Hair Trip Salon Denver is Colorado’s only certified green, organic, eco-friendly hair salon, fully functioning art gallery, and jewelry and apparel boutique featuring beautiful, stylish products made locally in Colorado. At My Hair Trip Salon Denver they are the only salon in Denver to guarentee all of their services. This Denver salon believes that it’s clients pay, not to get a service done, but to get a look they want. My Hair Trip Salon Denver’s slogan is; look good, feel good, be good. This is the philosophy of this eco friendly salon in the Denver Art District, the keys to a happy life, and My Hair Trip Salon Denver strives to help its client’s get there.

          My Hair Trip Salon Denver officially opened its doors in March of 2014 and has been helping people achieve happiness ever since. If you look good then you feel good, if you feel good then you can be good. Beauty in simplicity. Using organic products is important in this equation. My Hair Trip Salon Denver believes in beauty from the inside out, no more toxic beauty products or services. Beautiful happy people, that’s what My Hair Trip Salon Denver strives to achieve and maintain through the utilization of care, precision, and extensive knowledge of ancient and modern organic beauty techniques.

          This Denver hair salon is at the forefront of organic beauty, always learning more and training constantly so they will always stay ahead of the curve, offering the highest quality organic products and services today and into the future. The Stylists and colorists at My Hair Trip Salon Denver are able to deliver to their clients; any cut, any color, any time, and all products and services are 100% guarenteed!

          There does not exist, in the world, another place like this unique Denver salon. This is the only organic, eco-friendly, certified green, hair salon, art gallery, and boutique anywhere. This salon in Denver, CO, also used repurposed materials to build out their wonderful space at 8th and Santa Fe, in the Denver Art District, creating a unique and comfortable atmosphere.

          So check out My Hair Trip Salon Denver – call or book your appointment online today!

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            Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss

            IF you are experiencing thinning hair or hair loss, a wonderful home remedy that can help is apple cider vinegar.
            It is normal to lose about 100 strands of hair every day, and usually even more when we shampoo. When this normal hair loss becomes a concern is when the hair’s natural growth cycle is for some reason disrupted so that it is shedding faster than it is growing.

            When hormones called androgens are to blame, hair follicles become damaged over time and hinder their ability to produce strong, healthy strands. The hair that does grow is thinner and weaker, brittle even. Other hair follicles die.
            Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is chock full of nutrients and it will balance the pH of your scalp. It has been shown to thicken hair and remove dead skin cells that can clog follicles and hurt your hair’s ability to grow. And if you ever have an itchy scalp or dandruff, this vinegar will help with that too.

            In his book Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle Health System, author Paul Bragg explains how this wonder vinegar can help with hair loss. “The high acidity (organic malic acid) plus the powerful enzymes (the “mother’s” life chemicals) in ACV kill the bottle bacillus, a germ responsible for many scalp and hair conditions … (including) dandruff, itching scalp, thinning hair and often baldness.” According to Bragg, this bacteria can cause clogs that keep our natural oils from our hair. “The oil-starved hairs either fall out or break off, causing hair thinning and baldness.” Apple cider vinegar also stimulates what he calls our hair’s “oil cans” for healthier growth.

            “Apple cider vinegar used as a hair rinse may stimulate hair growth”
            – Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide

            Using Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss
            Make a hair rinse by mixing apple cider vinegar and water in a one-to-one ratio. If you have an empty 16 oz plastic bottle, for instance, use it to store a mixture of one cup of ACV and one cup of water. Then your vinegar rinse will always be handy and ready to use when you are in the shower.
            Apply the ACV rinse to your scalp after shampooing. Rub it in gently, giving your scalp a good massage while you are it. Leave it on for at least five minutes. Rinse with water. Alternately, you can leave it in your hair for extra conditioning.
            The Right Apple Cider Vinegar For Hair Loss
            Before you run out to the store to grab a bottle of the wonder vinegar not all apple cider vinegar is created equally. To reap its many benefits you have to get unfiltered, unpasteurized, organic apple cider vinegar with what is called the “mother.” The mother is a stringy substance formed during the last stage of fermentation, and is the part with the most healing properties. This vinegar is cloudy and should be shaken before you use it to get all the good bits that settle to the bottom. The most commonly available organic ACV is Bragg’s brand. It used to be you had to order it online or get it at a natural foods store. But I have found the economical gallon jugs of the apple cider vinegar in vitamin stores and quart size bottles at the regular supermarket.
            Remember, nothing works on everyone. Because hair grows about half an inch a month, more or less, it will take two months or so to really see any results.
            Apple Cider Vinegar Helps More than Just Hair
            Another way to get the benefits of apple cider vinegar is to ingest it. Apple cider vinegar is wonderful for achieving overall health. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, proclaimed apple cider vinegar’s many healing benefits more than 2,500 years ago. This vinegar can help weight loss, weak finger nails, arthritis, coughs, constipation, diarrhea, ear infection, sore eyes, fatigue, acid reflux, headaches and more, including hair loss.
            Add one tablespoon of the vinegar to a glass a water, stir and drink, twice a day. Avoid taking the vinegar undiluted as it can harm tooth enamel and throat tissue. If desired, sweeten with stevia, brown rice syrup, or another sweetener of your choice.
            You can also get your daily dose of apple cider vinegar by using it in salads and marinades, and in place of lemon juice in some recipes. Or spruce up plain potato chips with a sprinkle of ACV! How to Grow Hair says, it’s good – and good for you.

            UPDATE: ACV is not expensive – as you can see above – but why waste it? Some people have had success with a more diluted mixture of 1/2 cup of ACV per quart of water (or 1/8 cup per 8 ounces). Start there and see what happens in a few weeks.

            The other element that can definitely help if you want to try ACV for hair is taking it internally along with applying it topically to your scalp. Drink apple cider vinegar (the non-pasteurized, non-filtered kind only) mixed into a glass of water at least once a day. Others have reported success in regrowing hair when using ACV on the scalp and drinking it as well with a little addition: 2 tablespoons ACV, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in 12 ounces of water or juice twice a day, then, after a month of drinking this mix, cutting back to four times a week. But these are just guidelines. The amounts vary from people who have had success using apple cider vinegar for to regrow hair. Some have seen new hair growth with 1 tablespoon of ACV and just a pinch of baking soda, while others don’t use baking soda at all. Others start with just 1 teaspoon in a glass of water three times a day.
            Apple cider vinegar is good for the body inside and out. ACV benefits are many. But be aware that ACV treatments can also deplete iodine in your body, so you may want to supplement to keep your stores of this trace element up. Kelp is an excellent source of iodine; you can either get kelp supplements or add it to your diet. Arame and wakame are other seaweeds rich in iodine you can eat to ensure you keep your levels up. But if you take a multivitamin, check its ingredients first as it may already have all the iodine you need.
            TIP: Again, I hate wasting stuff. A great way to apply your apple cider vinegar rinse is to store it in a spray bottle. You’ll have less waste spritzing your scalp and hair with the ACV treatment.
            What’s working for you? Share your tips and success stories, and keep us posted on your progress.
            Disclaimer: This article is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek the insights of a qualified health professional before embarking on any health program.

            We found this sweet article about the amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar for you hair at:
            http://www.howtogrowhair.org/apple-cider-vinegar-for-hair-loss.html

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              Brazilian Blowouts: Toxic Risk?

              “(NBC) – Could the pursuit of perfectly straight hair be hazardous to your health, and your stylist’s?

              Women across the country have been thrilled with their keratin treatments that promise sleek hair even on days with the worst humidity, but now the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a hazard alert to hair salon owners saying some of these products release high levels of formaldehyde.

              OSHA tests detected the gas in the air even when stylists used products labeled formaldehyde-free.

              The alert specifically mentions the Brazilian Blowout, which does not technically contain formaldehyde.

              But brazilian blowout products have an ingredient called “methylene glycol” which the company’s ceo tells us does release trace amounts of formaldehyde during the heating and straightening process.

              That’s why salon owner Michael Randazzo opted not to use them in his Charlotte, North Carolina salon.

              “There was controversy over the Brazilian Blowout. Does it have formaldehyde, does it not? I’m not going to do a service here that’s not good for us,” he says.

              The potential problem is not limited to the Brazilian Blowout.

              OSHA points out other similar treatments may also release formaldehyde.

              Some New York salons now require their stylists and customers wear gas masks when using the products.

              Formaldehyde can irritate the eyes and cause allergic reactions.

              It’s also linked to lung cancer.

              It’s a potentially hefty price to pay to avoid a few bad hair days.

              The company that sells Brazilian Blowout products also sells “Brazilian Blowout Zero” which does not contain methylene glycol.”

              Not to worry, My Hair Trip Salon, Denver’s eco-friendly, organic hair salon has chemical-free services that can get the same results as the Brazilian blowout without causing harm to clients or stylists. Hooray!

              We found this super informative article at:
              http://www.kvoa.com/news/brazilian-blowouts-toxic-risk-/

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                HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MAKE-UP BRUSHES

                Here is a simple way to clean your make-up brushes with only one ingredient!

                My friend recently shared with me a very simple and cost effective way to clean make-up brushes and I just couldn’t wait to share about it! I’m not sure about you, but cleaning my make-up brushes didn’t sit very high on the list of important things to clean. I guess I never really had thought about it before!

                Truth is though, after using your makeup brushes even just a few times, your face’s natural oils, the makeup, and any other dust or dirt can begin to build up on to the bristles. Pretty gross to think about right? Spending a few moments cleaning your brushes every once in a while can help keep those germs from getting transferred to your face. Not to mention it can help keep your brush’s bristles soft and most effective!

                SO… now that I’ve got you thoroughly worried about the condition of your brushes, want to know my little secret for keeping them clean?

                Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap.. That’s it! This soap smells delicious, cleans great and is all natural and organic. I mean, can we get any better?

                What you’ll need:

                Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap – Peppermint (I picked mine up at Target for less than $10)
                Small bowl
                Water to rinse
                Towel to dry

                What you’ll do:

                Pour a small amount of the Castile Soap into a bowl (A little goes a long way here!)
                Rub your brush into the soap and create a lather in the bowl
                Gently massage the bristles of your brush to loosen the make-up and the dirt
                Rinse your brush under water until all the soap is completely out and the water runs clear
                Use a clean towel and pat the bristles to remove excess water
                Fluff the bristles to help them regain their original shape
                That’s it!

                We found this great article at:
                http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/diy/clean-make-brushes/

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