26 April 2011

6 Steps to Healthier Hair

Using the wrong gels, combs, or accessories can wreak havoc on your tresses, resulting in hair damage and loss. But simple steps including choosing the right product can add luster to your locks, says a dermatologist speaking at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.

"Hair breakage is the most common cause of hair loss," says Zoe D. Draelos, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C. "The first step is to recognize the factors responsible for lackluster hair in order to learn how you can change your hair-care regimen to improve it.

Don't Scratch

"When people scratch their scalp, they also scratch their hair," she says. The average person with dandruff will scratch their head for 90 minutes a week, she says, and that can result in breakage and loss. If you've noticed dandruff -- white flakes from your scalp -- you can try a dandruff shampoo. Most of these are now formulated so that they are gentle enough to use every day. If that doesn't take care of it, talk to a dermatologist about what treatments may relieve the itch.

Be Gentle With Long Hair

"Long hair is weaker at the ends," she says. Thus, "yanking, pulling, stretching, or combing or brushing it for 100 strokes a day is not a good idea," she says. If you have long hair that is damaged, consider switching to a shorter style to improve your hair's overall appearance.

Use Better Styling Tools

"When choosing a comb, look for a broad-tooth comb with smooth, rounded teeth that easily slips through hair," Draelos advises. "Or a widely-spaced brush that won't damage hair."

Also, "be careful with hair clips and tight-fitting rubber bands because anything that crunches, crushes, or squashes the hair can result in damage," she says. Rather than using rubber bands for ponytails, choose fabric scrunchies that loosely hold hair together.

Splurge on Hair Cuts

"Make sure you choose a trained stylist for a quality hair cut with sharp scissors," she recommends. Any defect in a scissor blade can crush or damage the hair shaft, predisposing it to split ends. "Also get frequent trims."

Avoid Products That Promise Long-Lasting Hold

"Products should leave hair flexible, not stiff," she says. Stiff styling products that promise "long-lasting" hold can actually jump-start the breakage process when you try to restyle your hair by combing it.

Avoid Excessive Hair Coloring and Bleaching

"The basic rules of hair dyeing are always staying within your coloring group, preferably dyeing hair no more than three shades from your natural color," she says. Also, try and avoid excessive chemicals. "Permanent waves that add body can ultimately weaken the hair shaft."

While getting hair relaxed can weaken hair, it can also facilitate length in people with kinky hair since it will be less likely to break when it is combed. Also, she says, hair thins with age, so chemicals used should be weaker then those used during one's younger years.

source: webmd.com

Stella says: 
Hope this tip helps.. :)
Make sure use the right hair product and don't scratch your scalp.. :)

18 April 2011

Brassiere recycling campaign to help needy women

RECYCLING has been taken to a whole new level with the Xixili Green Bosom Bra recycling campaign.

By bringing used yet wearable bras, customers will enjoy a RM10 rebate when purchasing a new Xixili bra.

The used bras will be given to unfortunate and needy women to help improve their lives.

Xixili brand founder and chief executive officer Joanne Khoo hoped the campaign would encourage recycling while helping the needy.

“Instead of disposing old bras and increasing the amount of waste, why not contribute it towards a good cause?” she said at the campaign launch in Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur recently.

Officiating the campaign was Women’s Development Department director Wan Hasmah Wan Mohd, who was full of praise for the move.

“Undergarments are often neglected by organisations when providing aid to disaster victims or the unfortunate, but in fact, it is one of the main necessities for women,” she said.

She said undergarments were essential in giving support, confidence and helps uplift women in their daily lives.

“We will also be working with Xixili on future projects for environment conservation and practical ways to empower women,” she said.

Renowned shoemaker Datuk Jimmy Choo, who was also present at the event, agreed it is important to educate people on practical green initiatives.

“Although I don’t wear a bra, I support this campaign as it teaches people how to go green,” he said.

At the campaign, Xixili also appointed their new brand ambassador, Miss Malaysia World 2010 Nadia Heng.

“I have always been a fan of protecting the environment and I advocate this campaign as it teaches us that almost everything can be recycled,” said Heng.

The launch was a star-studded event with celebrities like Amber Chia, Cassandra Patrick, Prema Yin, Chermaine Poo, Janet Lee and Nicolas Giogiou showing their support for the campaign.

The campaign will be ongoing until April 30. To participate, visit any Xixili outlets and bring a used or unwanted bra to receive a rebate of RM10.

Additionally, purchase above RM100 at Xixili and receive a complimentary Protect Mother Earth bag and biodegradable cutlery by Jasa Eco.

Stella Says: 
Nah, sepa2 yg bra suda tidak pakai atau tidak muat, bring it to any Xixili outlets. Dapat rebate RM10. Let us help the needy women.. The campaign will be ongoing until April 30. :)

Till then,
Have a blessed day.

13 April 2011

God's Gift

It's the 3rd week of the month of April 2011. Wow..how time flies so fast.. I can't imagine i'll become a mother in 4 months. Yes, that's the good news. I think most of you especially those who always visit my blog and waiting for the good news knew about this. I mean you must predicted this thing kan.. So, i make it official here that now i am in 21 weeks of pregnancy.

Thank GOD for the gift. It's really a miracle thing that GOD has given in our life and I can't wait to welcome this new member of our family. The most happiest thing I can think of is, with GOD's will, we will celebrating Christmas this year with this little new member. My parents must be very happy too as this is their first grandchild. 

I can feel the movement of the fetus as early as in 18 weeks pregnancy. Me and hubby were so happy. And now the movement occur frequently. As i felt the movement, I know this miracle gift from GOD alive in me. We don't know the gender yet, will find out about it this coming 25th April, appointment with doctor.

Okay, that's it for now. I am so sorry as the blog update seem on and off. The internet line was not really smooth but i'll try my best to update this blog from time to time. Meanwhile, i'll do some blogwalking too to keep in touch with all of you my beloved blogger friends. 

Have a blessed day,

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