Long-Term Side Effects of Hair Removal Creams

Since ages, women have resorted to a variety of hair removal techniques so that they can flash their smooth shiny skin. Hair-free skin is considered as a basic necessity for attractiveness. And even today girls use all sorts of hair removing technology to control or remove the hair growth over their arms and legs. Conventional methods like waxing and shaving have got out of fashion and people do not have the patience to endure these time-consuming and painstaking processes. Busy lifestyle and working hours have forced women to settle in for the fastest and quickest beauty tips and tricks. And conventional hair removing practices like waxing is not always possible at home. It requires the help of a specialist and probably a visit to the nearby beauty clinic.

Nowadays, the most acclaimed solution for unwanted hair growth is laser surgery or use of hair removal products. Laser surgeries are expensive and people are wary of the potential side effects they can cause. Hence, the application of hair removal creams has come to become the only convenient option available. And the best part about this method is that it can be done by anyone at their homes. These products come with all the necessary instructions and all one has to do is to follow them step by step. However, the method exposes our skin to maximum amount of chemicals. These creams contain strong chemicals that penetrate into our skin. They enter the hair follicles and dislodge the hairs attached therein. The hairs are fairly strongly rooted in these follicles. Try removing a strand of hair on your arm of leg and the pain it causes amply proves this fact. So, you can imagine how strong the chemicals have to be to remove these hairs by disbanding its attachment with the root.

Immediate side effects of these creams can cause rashes on your skin which might take hours or even days to heal. If the cream is left for longer duration it can surely cause inflammation. One should always follow the instructions given carefully. The manufactures have written them as they know the amount of damage their chemicals can cause. So do not take them lightly at any cost.

Hair removing creams are based on strong alkaline chemicals. It works by destroying the protein compounds in the hair. In this process it also affects the adjoining skin cells. It also removes the coating of essential oils from our skin and thus making it dry and parched. These oils are secreted by the skin in order to protect the underlying tissues, epidermis and dermis from various bacteria and germs. Constant depletion of these natural ingredients can cause early damage to the skin cells. It also hastens the aging and wrinkling process.

Even after extensive studies and surveys, authorities claim these products as almost only 90 percent safe. However, experiences show that almost 40 percent of the women who use such creams suffer from immediate or long-term side effects. Hence, it is always advisable …

Traditonal Vs. Neo-Traditional Tattooing

Some say that there’s no difference between traditional tattoos and neo-traditional tattoos; though the differences are slight, they are still there. Traditional tattoos consist of dark heavy line strokes and solid colors. They are intentionally kept simple in design and use a limited color palette that consists of red, green, yellow, brown, and blue with little to no shading.

Tattoo culture at the time was very much fringe and on the outskirts of society, unlike the mainstream appeal and fine art credibility it has today. These sailors would get iconic images stamped on their body as a celebration of their service; only accomplished sailors that have been to far away lands and traveled a certain number of miles were able to get swallows, for example. Traditional tattoos were not customly created, rather they were just flash picked off walls.

“Traditional” adheres to specific imagery: patriotic symbols like eagles, ships, anchors, the American flag, daggers, pin ups, swallows and nautical stars. All of these symbols stemmed from classic sailor and Navy icons that were prevalent in the early 20th century when servicemen would return stateside and get tattooed.

Neo-traditional tattoos pay homage to the classic, timeless art form through the same techniques; bold lines and heavy color saturation with minimal shading and detail. However, the imagery and designs used are generally more diverse and the color palette used is more diverse. A purely “American” tattoo style, neo traditional has included candles, lighthouses, diamonds, coffins and other concepts and rendered them in a “traditional” fashion.

Not to be confused with “New-School”, a more cartoonish, exaggerated and colorful style of tattooing, Neo-traditional is a revival of the “Old-School”, a celebration of roots and origins.

The innate beauty that the traditional tattoo style offers appeals across all generations of enthusiasts; bold lines and solid colors tend to fade less, offering the longevity and long lasting quality that so many desire.

Aside from black and grey, traditional has proven to be the one of the only tattoo styles that stand the test of time, and will always have an audience to wear them. The beauty of traditional tattooing is just that; there will always be artists looking to recreate the classic tattoos and culture that helped pave the way and make the tattoo industry what it is today.

Today, artists like Myke Chambers are paving the new generation of professional traditional tattooers, elevating the art to a new frontier and keep tradition alive.…

Professional Beauty Products Are Not What They Appear to Be

Your hairdresser may act like your best friend when you are sitting in her chair but the reality is that the salon industry is a cut throat business and the biggest deception in the whole game is the misunderstanding and mis-valuing of the importance of professional beauty products. Think for a moment about every shampoo commercial you have ever seen on television. Can you remember the names of the advertisers? Companies like Paul Mitchell, John Frieda, Herbal Essences, and L’Oreal among others are some of the biggest spenders of advertising dollars during day time television shows that target women. These advertisers are the exact people that do not want you reading this article.

Simply put, the professional beauty products industry is a multi-billion dollar a year business that in many instances reaps its profits at the expense of deceiving the very same customer base that it claims to help. The truth of the matter is that once you strip away the attractive models, beautiful celebrity endorsers, and fancy packaging you are left with a product that is not superior to the run of the mill drug store brand shampoo or conditioner that can be found in any low end grocery store or pharmacy. I am describing a situation that is very analogous to the concept of brand name pharmaceuticals compared to generic brand drugs that perform the same functions because their built from the same active ingredients. While the effectiveness of generic versus name brand stands the scrutiny of lab work including testing performed by the FDA the only discernible difference is that one version is circulated by an internationally recognizable brand name that charges a premium to financially support the continued advertisement and advancement of that brand image. This exact same concept applies to the business of beauty products and particularly shampoos and conditioners that are set at price points that are prohibitively expensive for the average consumer.

While many would argue that business is just business and that any consumer uninformed enough to spend top dollar when they can get the exact same product for a fraction of the cost is getting exactly what she deserves I would argue a different point. Consumer advocacy groups are in place to set standards regarding fair practices and to enforce anti-fraudulent behavior. The end consumer is ultimately responsible for how they use their spending power but the target market should also be considered when analyzing this specific case. Self-esteem and self image are two points in particular that deserve attention when evaluating the merits of the top tier brands that prey on consumer insecurities.

The way to put an end to this reckless assault on the American housewife is for women around the country to educate each other on the matter and then vote with their collective pocket books. Nothing sends a message like supporting a cause with purchasing power. Spread the message by sharing this article with a neighbor, sister, or friend so that the message will be heard throughout …

Effective Hair Shears Care Tips

If you have plans of opening a beauty salon, you will need to start investing on high quality hairstyling tools and techniques. Venturing into this kind of business is not cheap to run. If you would like to gain more customers, then you have to offer excellent hairstyling services that are accepted in the market. When you have established a name in the hairstyling industry, the more customers will go to your salon to ask for your services. This only assumes that your tools will face a lot of work to do. In view of that, you will need to discover how you can make the life of your tools longer. Among the significant hairstyling items that you have to preserve is the hair shears.

For the most part, people who go to salon would like to have their hair trimmed or cut. Some would even want a new hairdo. Cutting the hair is essential since it is responsible for making the hair look nice and attractive. Various hair styles are possible by means of cutting. If you continue to use hair shears, it will clearly fight the results of wearing away. A wise salon owner will benefit a lot when he or she uses fine quality cutting tools like professional shears. In view of that, if you wish to learn how to use the shears, you will need to take note of the following points.

Firstly, you need to check the shears for certain damages. The shears will only be damaged further if you use it even if it is not working properly. Then, after you use it, do not forget to clean it. Take out the strands of hair or the moisture found in it. You may use a clean piece of cloth or a tissue. Do not use any other material for wiping the shears for it may lead to some scrapes or scratches. And when storing the scissors, always put them back to its storage place. Usually professional hair scissors have their own storage place to make sure that they are well kept and stored. In addition, you need to sharpen the scissors at once. Always maintain its sharpness so as to ensure its accurate performance. And lastly, do not drip the shears. Put them carefully on the table when not in use. This is to prevent the shears from twisting, which may give rise to inaccuracy to hair cutting.

For the most part, there are several hair shears available in the market. Many hair experts believe that the best hair cutting scissors are those manufactured by Japanese firms. These shears are specifically designed for hairstyling. They are made of good quality stainless steel that is why they are quite expensive compared to other hair scissors.

So if you will put up your own beauty salon, remember to invest on high quality hair products and hairstyling tools. The hair shears are vital to the success of your business. You have to take good care of them …

Why Light?

Whether you just built a home, purchased a home or have been living in your home for some time, there comes a time when many people, just like you, decide to install landscape-lighting.

We all know that landscape lighting will enhance the beauty, safety and value of your home. Homeowners know the investment of adding landscape lighting will increase the value of the home.

However, their emotions initiate the installation of a landscape-lighting system. Emotions are the mechanisms that start the process and logic locks in the actions for the emotions.

Having said that, the emotions create the design and look of your lighting system. You will create a system that is a reflection of your personality, tastes, likes and creativity. With that bit of information, you now need to answer the question of "why light?" If you can not answer that question, you do not need a landscape-lighting system for your home.

To find your answers to "why light," you need to drive through your neighborhood at night and look at homes with landscape-lighting systems. Do your research and due diligence and you will discover the style and mood that fits your DNA. I recommend researching at least 50 homes so you feel comfortable with the style that "fits" for you.

Once you know what you like and want for your home, you can now concentrate on the system for your home. Start with the major reasons for lighting your home and work down to the smallest reason to light.

Of course, the three big reasons to light are: beauty, safety and value. Place these in chronological order starting with the most important to the least important. Naturally, a properly designed system will fulfill all of the three major reasons to light your home.

In addition to the three big reasons to have landscape lighting for your home, you also need to look at the points of interest around your home and in your front yard. Your home is unique and you need to accent the uniqueness so it stands out from the other homes.

What are the focal points in the yard? They can be things like: a fountain, a flowerbed, a waterfall, a statue, an art piece and, of course, the American Flag. If you have the American Flag, you definitely need to shine light on that using a minimum of three fixtures.

Show off the items that you enjoy and are proud to have in your yard. These are some of the reasons that your home is unique and stands out from the other homes in your neighborhood.

Now is the time to let your mind think in an artistic manner. In your mind's eye, see how your home will look after the installation of landscape lighting. Visualize the finish product. Do you like what you see in your mine's eye? If so, great, now is the time to put that plan on paper.

Once it is on paper, it can become a reality. After it …

Should I Niche My Beauty / Fashion Biz?

I like to think of myself as a Jane of all trades, I can dance, act, write, coach, sing, produce, decorate, twirl batons, and perform cheerleading routines. I'm pretty good at them all BUT when it comes to business I had to hone in on 1 in order to "Be Me For A Living"!

Are you falling in the trap of being a Jane of all trades in your business? Do you feel you can sell to everyone? Do you feel your product / service is for everyone? Finding a niche is one of the best things that you can do for your Beauty / Fashion business & your bank account. In fact, some of the most profitable companies capitalize on niche markets.

If you're struggling to grow your beauty / fashion Biz, you might consider finding a niche!

"Connectivity is the new currency" and your customers / clients are looking for specialized attention in order for them to make a purchase. They want to know you can deliver. If they fall under the niche, it will be easier for them to make a buying decision. Is not that the end result, the goal, the answer to your question, the solution to your problems in business? When you find your niche, you will set yourself apart from the competition and can now cater all of your marketing efforts to a specific target audience.

If you niche yourself you stand a greater chance of obtaining "Supermodel Clients".

If you're resisting this concept here are a few key benefits of having a niche!


You can focus on attending events or joining specific groups that cater to your target market. Think of it like a kid in a candy store.


You can craft clear and concise marketing messages and your "Pretty Pitch" will not run flat. Furthermore, we're bombarded with thousands of marketing messages daily. Imagine what your customer / client sees in a day. When you are clear, you become the solution to their problem. Your message will capture their attention, it will stand out and they will self-select themselves. This is one of the most amazing feelings as a Beauty / Fashion Professional. When you niche your business you increase your chances of customers / clients coming to YOU! How beautiful does that sound?


You can design products / services around your chosen niche that are tailor made to your target audience. They will feel more secure about their purchase. They will be more qualified to purchase from you than someone who appears as a generalist!

Examples of Niches:
Fashion Designer- Specializing in Wedding Gowns
Interior Designer- Specializing in Contemporary Decor
Makeup Artist-Specializing in Fashion / Runway
Hairstylist- Specializing in Color
Food Stylist- Specializing in Deserts
Beauty Writer- Specializing in Makeup Artistry
Fashion Writer- Specializing in Couture / Runway
Fashion Stylist- Specializing in Color
Fashion Model- Specializing in Catalog Work
Broadway Actress- Specializing in Comedy

You can always expand your niche. Marketing 101, you can broad your horizons …

Children's Clothing – A New Trend in Modern Society

Modern society revolves around concepts such as beauty and originality, ideas that have been embroidered and implemented by fashion designers worldwide. Undoubtedly, fashion has always been a powerful means of expression, as the way we dress reflects our cultural provenience, mentality, personality, and even our feelings. In addition, fashion has the great merit of combining practicality with aesthetics, and could be perceived as "a pragmatic form of art". Being influenced by many different cultural and social factors and permanently adapting to the needs and requirements of a continuously developing society, fashion has suffered a lot of radical changes over the course of time. During its ongoing process of evolution, it has generated many different styles and trends, revealing traits characteristic to each distinct generation.

Since the fact that it has created many tendencies and has evolved continuously in conformity with the society's ideals and needs, fashion has only recently begun to pay equal attention to all categories of age. Although they were generally neglected in the past by clothing manufacturers, children nowdays form an important segment of clients in the fashion industry, enjoying an extensive and diverse range of clothing appropriate for their age. The children's clothing industry has only recently begun to achieve a good exposure and popularity, gaining a lot of ground over the past few years.

As the children's clothing industry was growing in popularity, more and more fashion designers decided to focus their work exclusively on designing clothes for young children and babies. Soon, the offer became more and more diversified, children's clothes gaining a lot in aspect and originality. Supermarkets and clothing stores began to fill up with ingenious and colorful clothing articles for children, lots of shops even specializing in exclusively selling children's clothes. In contrast to yesterday's children's clothes – poorly designed and, let's face it, quite dull – today's children's clothes are ingenious and appealing, stimulating their imagination and building their sense of aesthetics and beauty. Ranging from little boys 'suits and little girls' accessorized dresses to cartoon-character costumes and even superhero outfits, children's clothes are nowdays created to adequately satisfy the needs and desires of the very young.

Visibly enjoying "the attention" granted to them by the fashion industry, lots of children nowdays spend more and more time looking for the most interesting and imaginative clothing items they can find. Mesmerized by so many clothing models, designs and colors, many children can seriously decide upon a single item in particular! As soon as they step inside children's clothing stores, children are immersed in a colorful and magnificent world, similar to the world created by toy stores. Funnily, lots of today's children equally enjoy paying visits to both children's clothing stores and toy stores – fact that reveals the young generations' interest towards clothes, and thus their inclining towards originality, aesthetics and sense of beauty.

Seen through the perspective of their prices in general, children's clothes have laately become increasingly more affordable. While a few years ago parents had to spend a …

Hair Extensions

Who gets hair extensions? What are hair extensions, methods, etc.? When can you get hair extensions? Where do you get hair extensions? Why would you get hair extensions? And sometimes the biggest question …. How are they attached?

A good place to start is explaining what hair extensions are all about. In a society where immediate results are very popular, the beauty industry has developed and improved the ancient technique of adding human or synthetic hair to your own hair and making it look like it great out of your own head.

We say 'ancient' because people have been doing this since forever, with wigs, hairpieces, weaves and such. Many of today's methods have been adapted from African-American stylists that weave human or synthetic hair into corn rows for a long, flowing and natural look.

So who gets hair extensions? Many celebrities get hair extensions for various movie roles. The celebrity factor is what has catapulted the popularity of hair extensions over the last 5 years. When you see magazine covers with famous actors having long, flowing natural looking long hair, you can get the same look. Once thought as a rich person's service, hair extensions have become much more affordable and even practical for everyday consumers.

The main reason for getting hair extensions is to add length to your hair style, although they can be used to thicken your hair or even add highlights. Hair extension expert Rod Sickler, Owner of Images by Rod & Company in Rantoul Illinois says, "Do not limit yourself to just adding length to your hair. curly or wavy hair in any color or style. "

"Any hair type can support hair extensions", says Sickler. Sickler makes hair extensions easy by creating cutting-edge hair styles for his clients. Some examples include sleek and straight hair, vivacious rings and striking color enhancements with the use of different highlighted and lowlighted hair extensions. He describes the hair extension process as very painstaking and challenging as it requires many hours and various techniques to complete. The rewards are many as he is able to re-invent hair, tweak techniques and fulfill his clients' needs.

When can you get hair extensions? When you have a few hours available! Most hair extension stylists will offer a consultation prior to your actual appointment to get the hair extensions attached. The human or synthetic hair typically needs to be pre-ordered so that it matches your own hair or the intended color you are interested in. In the consultation, the stylists will discuss your current hair health, how the extensions will be attached, possible side effects and what you will need to take care of them. If you are experiencing significant hair loss, hair thinning or have extremely damaged hair, the stylist should recommend that you do NOT get hair extensions until your condition improves.

Where can you get hair extensions? As the hair extension service becomes more and more popular, you will find many more stylists that go to training and education …

Where Can You Find Your Natural Beauty?

We have evolved from the animal kingdom into the most intelligent (so we think) life form on the planet, and yet it looks that we are so happy with our external appearance that we will go to sometimes ridiculous lengths to become attractive.

In the animal kingdom, choosing a mate revolves around looking healthy and fit, showing good breeding potential, and being in the right place at the right time.

In the human kingdom, choosing a mate has become so complicated that we no longer rely on the staples of health and breeding potential, but now included in the list of desirable features is youth, vitality, beauty, wealth, sense of humor, status, power, consideration and so on ….

We spend an inordinate amount of money each year, billions of pounds or dollars, buying products which promise to make us look younger, more attractive, or more vital. We indulge in treatments ranging from mud baths, to steam rooms, and oil massages, all in an attempt to make us look and feel better. We use tanning beds, barbers, hairdressers, waxing, face masks, plucking, dyeing, manicures, pedicures, make up, and not to mention the massive amount of money spent each year on the dieting industry.

We literally devote huge quantities of time and effort to our external beauty, at the same time as ignoring our inner world, where beauty comes for free.

How often do we actually spend time thinking about our bodies? It is an incredible machine that is a complex system of networks and inter-actions that work hard to keep us alive and healthy.

We take our bodies for granted. Whilst we are splashing out major amounts of money in an attempt to stop the tides of time for example, do we ever stop to think that if we treated our body with a little more respect, sometimes it would age less quickly of its' own accord ?

Until fairly recently in our evolution, the only drink we had was water or the moisture that we earned from eating fruits and vegetables. Now we drink soda, coffee, tea, and alcohol, and wonder why we are dehydrated. Dehydration is one of the principle reasons that skin ages.

We have the choice to eat natural, healthy foods, but we chose to eat processed foods which add very little value to our system, so the body has to work really hard to keep us going. This results it from maintaining the repair and regeneration systems which means that the body ages faster.

If you add to that the sugar, additives, toxins, pesticides and herbicides that the body has to contend with on a daily basis, is it any wonder that we are aging more quickly than ever before? With aging coming illness, fatigue, and a breakdown of the systems of the body.

We have only looked at food and water here, but there are many other factors that contribute to aging and illness-smoking, drugs, stress, pain, over-eating, under-eating, sun- damage, radiation, lack of exercise, …

Examining Prejudice Through Reality TV

Reality TV has brought real human beings to our lives, flaws and all, to prove that you can’t always judge a book by its cover. Perhaps the most famous misjudgment was the case of Susan Boyle, who in 2009 became a singing sensation on Britain’s Got Talent. Boyle walked on stage as an awkward ugly duckling, but her angelic singing voice instantly captivated the audience, leaving them spellbound and sobbing for more.

The 2011 season of America’s Got Talent had a similarly unattractive book cover in Landau Eugene Murphy. When the tall and skinny, dreadlocked Murphy stepped into the audition room, he was a car-detailing nobody. But when he opened his toothy mouth, Murphy was able to channel the greatest singing voices of all time. The unlikely crooner won the show hands down, and is now considered a first-rate, million dollar Las Vegas star, and slated to headline his own show at Caesar’s Palace in 2012.

What does all this say about people whose appearances repel us? Can’t we find something good in everyone? Cowboy philosopher Will Rogers was famous for saying, “I never met a man I didn’t like.” He was able to recognize that beautiful talents are hiding inside the most tattered coverings, and that people who look beautiful are not the only ones who have talent. Even scary or repulsive looking people can have something really wonderful to offer.

None of us likes to think we are prejudiced, but the word prejudice means pre-judging, and we do it every day. Finding the inner beauty in people is harder, but it can be uplifting, motivating, and even life-changing. It wouldn’t be fair to miss out on all life has to offer just because of a ridiculous prejudice against ugly book covers, or ugly-looking people.

Think of wheelchair-bound physicist, Stephen Hawking, for instance. It is hard to imagine a more pathetic looking person, or someone with whom it would be any more difficult to communicate. But Hawking has exceeded the boundaries of what one could expect of even the most extraordinary people. The world would be a much sorrier place had he been ignored and disregarded because of his hideousness.

Letting go of our prejudices, whatever they may be, is a splendid way to enrich our lives. It can lighten the load of suspicion and narrow-mindedness that weigh so many of us down, and make the world a better place.

Take a cue from what is all around you and look for the best in others. Look for opportunities to draw out and nurture the inner talents of others. Allow everyone’s inner beauty to shine bright, and never let your pre-judgments get in the way of their light.…