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Every day I faced off against lackluster tresses, while two friends of mine couldn’t stop raving about their own glossy, sexy hair. They had recently stopped shampooing — just went cold turkey — and the results were marvelous. Both are decidedly un-crunchy, so I knew they weren’t making some hippieish statement about evil soap conglomerates or shampoo pollution in our waterways; this no-suds policy, I reasoned, must actually be good for hair. What did I have to lose? Seven months later, my hair has never looked better. The problem with shampoo is that most of it contains sodium lauryl or laureth sulfate as a foaming agent. Bahman Karimzadeh, a Los Angeles stylist and staunch anti-shampooist, advocates a more DIY approach to conditioning. Admittedly, when I first got off shampoo there was a funk factor. That’s when I contacted Karimzadeh, who counseled “shampooing” with conditioner once a week. And so here I am. After it dried, I admired the shine in the mirror, but something was off. Related:  Mind & Body

banksy versus bristol museum a few years ago i attended an uh-mazing banksy exhibition in downtown los angeles and have been eagerly awaiting the elusive graffiti artist's return. alas, mr. bansky choose instead to set up his latest wares in new york and bristol. on june 13th, banksy's largest exhibition entitled "banksy versus bristol museum" was unveiled at the bristol city museum. it features more than 100 of banksy's works mixed amongst the museum's permanent collection (including a mouse with a backpack tucked inside of a natural history case. someone, please send me a picture! check out the mouse here. thanks, matt, more the picture!). on opening day, a line of eager fans snaked around the corner, waiting more than an hour for admission. and finally, a picasso banksy WHORANGE philosophy... {images via art of the state, nikolaasB, and the guardian uk.} UPDATE!

How-To: The Cascade/Waterfall Braid The waterfall braid also known as the cascade braid recently exploded as the new "trend braid" of the season. The waterfall effect looks cool and complex, but it's easier to style than you think. Give this beautiful braid a try when Beautylish takes you through the how-to! Section Off The waterfall braid works best on straight or loose waves. Brush out all the knots with a wide tooth comb. Braid As Usual Braid your strands regularly three times, beginning from the right strand. Drop the Strand This is where it gets tricky. Step and Repeat Repeat this process—French braid the left strand, drop the right strand, and pick up an adjacent new piece. Pin and Secure Once you've reached a comfortable point to stop your braid, secure it to your scalp with bobby pins. Fishtail It! Braid the remaining piece of hair left from your cascade into a fishtail braid. Accessorize Add a cute bow or flower to hide your bobby pins and give this look some extra hair flair.

Potting cactus in proper soil | A Guide to the Miraculous Cactus World Different types of cactus plants are quite exacting to the container they grows in. The size of the pot must correspond to the rootage of the plant. If roots are long and have a main spur, then you should choose a deep and narrow pot. If the roots are developed better in the topping and they are not very long, the pot must be wide and shallow. Growth peculiarities should be taken into account as well. For example, mammillaria generates a lot of bulbils in one pot, so you should choose a wide and rather shallow pot. While preparing the soil mixture for your cacti you should keep in mind one rule: soil must be coarse-grained and loose, spongy and absorbent, but it must not contain any organic fertilizer like manure, droppings or sawdust. Organic fertilizers are rich in nitrogen, and cactus need in nitrogen is very scanty because of their physical nature. Hope my tips will be of use for you and your prickly cactus friends. See you soon here!

How to Make Your Own Beauty Products from Scratch - Health Let's keep things simple this week. When it comes to personal-care products, we are big believers in streamlining what you use—see "Eight Products You Think You Need But Don't" for a refresher—buying less in general, and getting creative. We have both always loved experimenting in our kitchens and our bathrooms, checking ingredients in products we love, isolating the main ones, and then trying them on their own. Sometimes it works: A favorite hair leave-in contained aloe, for example, so one day we tried aloe alone and found that, lo and behold, it worked just fine on its own. And sometimes it didn't. Simple body scrub Many body scrubs, even the ones that claim to be sugar- or salt-based, actually contain beads made out of polyethylene, which is environmentally deplorable (it all goes down the drain, remember)—to say nothing of the preservatives, fragrance, penetration enhancers, and sulfates that typically bulk up these products. Honey face wash One-ingredient eye liner Perfume Shave oil

How to Go No Poo To go No Poo is to stop using shampoo. Why would you want to do this? 1. Shampoo is expensive.2. When you stop using shampoo, you will probably experience a transitional period while your body gradually adjusts to produce just enough oil to keep your hair healthy. * In this context I'm referring to certain synthetic chemicals which have proven harmful in specific circumstances. Hillman Wonders of the World Warmth Earrings Rutilated Quartz With Sunstone by aubepine Sex and Society / Thomas, William I., 1863-1947 8 hair care treatments you can make yourself Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast — but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that. And they're not the only ones. Did you know, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin's oils than any product in the beauty aisle does? Or that the mild acidity in lemon is an effective — and gentler — alternative to chemical-laden products? For all hair types "The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds," says Janice Cox, author of "Natural Beauty at Home". To use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. For dull hair Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine — but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. For itchy scalp For limp or fine hair For oily or greasy hair

Stop Sneezing This Season Try an herbal fix for runny noses and itchy congestion What It IsTinospora (Tinospora cordifolia) is a climbing shrub with heart-shaped leaves native to the Indian subcontinent. The herb is known locally as giloya, or "heavenly elixir," and, according to Indian legend, kept the angels eternally young. What Folk Medicine SaysIn Ayurvedic practice, tinospora is classified as a rasayana herb (rasayana means "circulation of the nutrient" in Sanskrit). These herbs are said to enhance longevity, promote intelligence, and prevent disease. What We KnowIn 2004, a lab study conducted at Miami Children's Hospital showed that tinospora contains a special polysaccharide, or carbohydrate, that triggers activity of macrophages, the white blood cells that play a key role in immunity. What New Research ShowsScientists at Indira Gandhi Medical College in Nagpur, India, recently investigated 71 people with allergic rhinitis--hay fever. Copyright© 2011 Rodale Inc.

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