Saturday, February 13, 2016

Hairdressers Could Be A Secret Weapon Against Climate Change

Hairdressers Could Be A Secret Weapon Against Climate Change

Jo Confino

Are we looking in the wrong place when it comes to finding champions who can turn us away from our environmentally destructive ways?
Researchers at a university in the United Kingdom believe that hairdressers, rather than politicians, scientists or celebrities, could be the secret weapon in convincing us to reduce our carbon emissions.

Given that hairdressers get up close and personal with billions of customers, they are the perfect vehicle for helping to change people’s behavior, according to Dr Denise Baden, an associate professor at the University of Southampton’s management school. Even better, they deal with many of the environmental challenges that need addressing, such as water and energy use as well as the toxins in many hair care products.
A new study by Baden shows just how much difference people can make if they change their routines.
A person who carries out a daily hair wash with two shampoos plus rinse-out conditioner creates a weekly carbon footprint of around 9 kilograms, or nearly 20 pounds of carbon emissions. But this could be cut down to just 1 kg (roughly 2 pounds) if they change to a twice-weekly hair wash using just one shampoo plus leave-in conditioner, the study says.
Her research, which is funded by the U.K. government, also shows how important it is that hairdressers educate their clients to reduce the use of heated appliances such as hair straighteners, curlers and blow dryers. Not only does taking a more natural approach improve hair condition, but it also reduces energy costs and protects the planet, according to Baden.
She and her team have now developed a carbon footprint calculator, which demonstrates the effect hair care routines have on the environment and points out five changes that can make a big difference:
  1. Do not wash your hair every time you shower -- and whatever your routine, allow an extra day to go before shampooing.
  2. Shampoo once rather than rinse and repeat.
  3. Cut down shower time by using a leave-in conditioner.
  4. Shower rather than take a bath and limit the time to four minutes.
  5. Let hair dry naturally.
This is not the first time that hairdressers have been recognized for their potential to get important information to a mass audience. The United Nations Population Fund, in collaboration with UNAIDS Secretariat, back in 2009 identified barbershops and beauty salons in Guyana as information hubs to help reduce HIV.
“We’re not asking hairdressers to become sustainability consultants or to compromise on standards,” Baden said in a written statement. “Instead, we’re trying to educate businesses that less is more and to spread this message to their clients. For example ... [p]roducts such as leave-in conditioner not only save energy, time and money but are also great for giving body to fine or flyaway hair."
“Our approach has been to train the trainers so they can in turn affect the behaviour of their clients," she added. "Just one hairdresser can affect the practices of hundreds of clients.”
The next step for Baden and fellow researchers is to develop a sustainable hairdressing certificate for salons, hairdressers and training colleges.
While all this may seem like a clever approach to helping limit climate change, there is one key challenge that Baden has not yet been able to overcome. While hairdressers are often adept at chatting about topics ranging from relationships to the weather, they do not often make proactive change agents.
As Baden pointed out in a 2014 interview: "Early adopters of social innovations characteristically have more years of formal education, greater rationality, higher IQ, higher aspirations and higher status occupations than late adopters. None of these attributes are typical of hairdressers. Therefore it is unsurprising that our pilot research found no examples of hairdressers taking the lead on sustainability innovations."
But the world is changed one person at a time, and Baden points to the feedback from one hairdresser who went through a sustainability-focused training session: “Taking that approach has given me more pride in my work and in my profession as a whole. I no longer feel like 'a blonde with scissors,' I feel like a professional who is making a difference."


Saturday, July 21, 2012


Understanding the Difference between Synthetic and Human Hair Wigs

Fashionable and realistic wigs can be synthetic or human hair. At first glance, these two types of artificial hair pieces would look similar. However, there are big differences that separate human hair wigs from a synthetic one. To understand your options, you have to know these differences. It is important to evaluate which type of artificial hair would be suitable for you and for your budget. You can only make a wise and informed decision if you know everything about human hair and synthetic wigs. 
Human Hair Wig

For starters, human hair wigs are more expensive than synthetics. One premium wig could set you back by a few thousand dollars. This is obviously a big investment for the average consumer. Mid range varieties cost several hundreds while the cheapest ones could be in the $30 to $100 range. On the other hand, synthetics are substantially cheaper. You can easily find a synthetic wig that costs just a few couple of dollars. There are also premium synthetics but they are also comparatively cheaper than the mid range human hair variety. If you are on a tight budget, a synthetic wig could be a good option. But if you have very special needs and money is not an issue, the premium human hair is suitable for you. 
  Synthetic Hair Wig

The quality of human hair wigs and synthetic wig is also substantially different. Synthetics are made from very fine plastic filaments or synthetic fibers. The structure is really not similar to natural hair. They are slightly stiffer with an unnatural shine. On the other hand, human hair pieces are similar to natural hair because they are made from real hair. They are heavier with more volume and natural bounce. They will feel just like your natural hair and can be styled quite easily. Human hair pieces offer superior styling versatility. They can also withstand heat application. So this gives you the chance to style the wig using straightening and curling iron.

Longevity is another area where human hair wigs and synthetics diverge. Human hair pieces can last longer than a synthetic one. They are stronger and more durable especially if you will take good care of them. You can regularly wash a realistic wig made from human hair without worrying about discoloration or damage. Synthetics are less durable but they can also last longer with proper maintenance. Synthetic pieces can not withstand heat because the plastic filament or the fine fibers could melt. The upside is that synthetics are better in holding a curl even after several washings.

Wigs can help improve your appearance. They can make you look younger than your age. But not all artificial hair pieces are the same. You have to carefully select a variety that would be suitable for the shape of your face and skin tone. Most importantly, you need to consider your budget when buying a wig. A piece made from human hair is expensive but it has better quality compared to synthetics. Meanwhile, a synthetic wig may not be able to match the quality of human hair but it is cheaper and more affordable.

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Friday, July 6, 2012


Having long hair, beautiful, bright, not only depends on the care we provide elements, but the food influences greatly the appearance of hair.
There are a variety of foods that make our hair is healthier and stronger from within., Then we should include foods if we want a healthy and nourished hair from the inside:
* The dark green vegetables
Spinach, broccoli and others, have plenty of vitamins and other nutrients. These nutrients are needed by the body to produce more sebum (the oily substance that acts as a natural hair conditioner). The contribution of iron and calcium in your body reduce hair breakage. Therefore, it is time to include the green leaves in their diet at any cost.
* Seafood
Seafood is also essential for hair growth and maintenance and fish is the best way to get the sulfur and fatty acids needed for healthy hair and skin. Shrimp, mussels and oysters have a huge amount of zinc is necessary for many body functions such as hair growth, cell construction and growth, and so on. and it also strengthens hair follicles and helps in the absorption of other vitamins .

* Poultry
Chicken and turkey are some of the vital suppliers of high quality protein. A thin and brittle hair is revitalized to eat these meats. Protein deficiency can cause loss of color that leaves hair dull and anxious.


With all the various zinc supplements at your local health store you may be wondering, “Why is zinc good for your body?” Aren’t you getting enough through your diet as-is? Will taking extra zinc in addition to your regular multivitamin have potential downsides? These are good questions worth exploring.
Though the first image that the mention of ‘zinc’ brings to mind is that of a mineral, but there is a lot more to it than is known commonly. Zinc is an integral ingredient of the human body and body zinc performs some indispensible functions. Many cellular activities taking place inside the body need a good amount of zinc. Human hair and skin health is enhanced if the body contains the right amount of zinc, and the same can be said for the eyesight and the senses of taste and smell.
Latest research has certified that zinc complements the body’s immune system and helps in warding off common cold. It could even result in the shortening of the spell of fever on the human body. Men need to be even more knowledgeable about the impact zinc has on their body. Body zinc amount is directly related to the testosterone production ability. Not only this, zinc also counteracts the activity of testosterone dissipating entities in the human body, thus letting the development of manly characteristics in a male go on uninhibited.
The female body also depends a lot on a sufficient amount of body zinc. Proper intake of zinc ensures that risks of low weight of the baby at the time of birth are almost entirely eliminated. The mother’s body indirectly acts as a source of necessary zinc for the infant through lactation. Inadequate zinc in the baby’s body is bound to put a tab on the rate of growth.

It has been proven by advanced scientific research that a body lacking zinc exhibits symptoms of lack of hunger and dying away of the sense of taste. Add to it the fact that absence of body zinc leads to anorexia and bulimia and the importance of this discussion is automatically established. Non vegetarian food is rich in zinc. For instance, those in a habit of eating beef and chicken do not run the risk of developing a zinc deficiency in the body. For vegetarians, yoghurt, peanuts, sunflower and pumpkin seeds make alternatives rich in zinc.



Parker Marie Critzer

Parker Marie Critzer, 13, is one special young lady who lives in Washington. Always putting others first before herself, Parker decided for the second time to have her long hair cut and donated it to “Locks of Love.” Her first time was in 2006.
The non-profit Locks of Love provides human hair wigs to kids that are undergoing chemotherapy or are diagnosed with alopecia, or suffering from scalp burns. They often share a daunting challenge: Hair loss can be devastating for a young child. Worrying about their appearance, being afraid to go out in public, and fearing the reaction of their peers can make it difficult for children to deal with the health issues they are facing. Such hairpiece charities as Locks of Love and Wigs for Kids accept donations to create human hair wigs for sick children.
There are several guidelines but all hair donated must be at least 10 inches long. Parker’s was 11 and a half inches long.
It takes six to eight donations just to make one wig. Parker won’t know who will get her hair, but she will receive a certificate of appreciation from Locks of Love for her donation.
New Creations, in Front Royal, did the cut for her.
With a smile on her face, she said, “I thought of how much I’d hate to not have any hair, and how those poor kids must be feeling, so I don’t want to be selfish and just throw away my hair, when I can give it to such a good cause.”

For more information on the Locks of Love organization, visit


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Friday, May 11, 2012


Five Ways Vidal Sassoon Changed People's Hair

Vidal Sassoon cutting Mary Quant's hair            

Celebrity hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, who has died at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 84, is credited with revolutionising hair-styling for women. Here are five ways in which he changed the world of hair.


In the 1950s, hair was about height, curls and hairspray. Women often visited the hairdressers two or three times a week to have their hair elaborately teased and "set". Hats added even more drama on top of dressed styles.

Vidal Sassoon's "wash and wear" cuts of the 1960s changed all that, allowing women to spend less time on their appearance.
According to fashion commentator Caryn Franklin, Sassoon created a "visual aesthetic for modern women wanting to distance themselves from the modern housewife".
As more and more women entered the workforce, they needed cuts that would reflect authority and efficiency in a male-dominated world.
Speaking to the Los Angeles times in 1993, Sassoon explained: "Women were going back to work, they were assuming their own power. They didn't have time to sit under the dryer anymore."
"Clients came into his salon every day who were at the forefront of the feminist expansion into the workplace," Franklin says. Sassoon cuts were futuristic, illustrating where "women wanted to go" rather than where they currently were.

Celebrity hairdressing

Hailed as one of the world's first celebrity hairdressers, Sassoon's client list included Twiggy, Jane Fonda and Mia Farrow. Although he opened his first London salon in 1954, his first New York branch opened its doors in 1965 and became one of a string of international salons.
Not only was he stylist to the stars, he became a celebrity himself, moving to Los Angeles in the 1970s. He paved the way for other "name" hairdressers like Trevor Sorbie, Nicky Clarke and John Frieda

A regular face on television, he appeared in his Sassoon commercials in the 80s alongside famous supermodels. He recently judged the final of reality TV show Shear Genius and a documentary about his life was made in 2010.
For a hairdresser to become a Hollywood sensation in Sassoon's time "was a mega-mega achievement", says celebrity hairdresser Errol Douglas.
Until then, hairdressers were not typically viewed as stylists, but Sassoon brought a designer image to the industry. At the same time he appealed to ordinary people.
For Guardian columnist Sali Hughes, Sassoon's mass popularity stemmed from the fact that he was a "working class boy who started out as a barber and lived and breathed hair from when he was a child".


Sassoon once explained to the Los Angeles Times that he viewed hair like fabric which needed to be shaped.
"My idea was to cut shape into the hair, to use it like fabric and take away everything that was superfluous."

Model with bobbed hair  
Vidal Sassoon's signature cuts are still fashionable today
  Sassoon didn't invent the idea of short hair for women, but he brought a range of short styles into the mainstream.
He is perhaps best remembered for his "Mary Quant" cut, a geometric five-point bob worn by the fashion designer which contrasted sharply with the romantic, curly looks of the 1950s. Sassoon cuts "swept away classic femininity and added design into hair", says Franklin.
Another look, the "Greek Goddess", a short tousled perm, was inspired by the women of Harlem in New York.
And his looks got even shorter, such as the "pixie crop" worn by Mia Farrow in Rosemary's Baby. This was shocking to some in an era where androgynous style was only beginning to take off.
Today Sassoon-esque short hair on women is a standard look. "He made short hair sexy," says hair stylist Lee Stafford.


A model with a bobbed hair cut 
Sassoon's signature bobbed hair was a staple 1960s trend
As the years passed, the hairdresser devoted more and more time to developing the growing Sassoon brand. Although he steered hair styling away from lacquered beehives, he was one of the first stylists to create a popular line of products under his name.
Sassoon products catered for both the mass and high-end market, with luxurious product lines stocking salons while affordable hair-care items lined supermarket shelves.
Fashion historian Laura Kitty says that people ended up having "more of a connection" with the Sasoon brand because his products became so widespread, something other hairstylists didn't have.
"He really managed to tap into the idea of aspiration mass market products for hair. It was like you were buying a haircut in his salon."
Sassoon also branched into a range of hairdryers and styling tools for women to attempt to "create a Sassoon look" at home.
His two-in-one combined shampoo and conditioner Wash and Go "was the biggest selling hair product of the 80s", says Hughes.


Sassoon was the hairdresser's hairdresser, notes Hughes, pointing out that his geometric cuts needed cutting every six weeks, keeping stylists in business.

His training academies taught would-be hairdressers to create haircuts based on a client's bone structure, a practice known as "precision cutting".
And they produced alumni notable in the world of hairdressing, such as Lee Stafford, who says that hairdressers all over the world still come to London to train.
According to Kitty, a large number of up-and-coming stylists in the 80s and 90s had trained at one of his academies.
And although Sassoon began as an apprentice barber and learned the "old methods", he devised new techniques to teach to younger stylists as his career progressed.
"His ideas have been disseminated at a much larger scale than any other stylist in modern memory."
But while his methods may have changed over the years, Stafford says the essence of Sassoon styling remained the same.
"He never ever changed his philosophy, it was all about beautiful hair cutting."
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