5 Old Wives Tales About Growing Thicker, Glossier Hair

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An old wives’ tale is a term indicating a superstition or something deemed to be untrue and to laugh at by men. Old wives tales have been told for centuries, usually to warn people away from things rather than providing correct information. The tales usually concern urban legend, and were passed down from generation to generation. Many tales concern hair growth, particularly with growing thicker, glossier hair. BioThik has researched these old wives tales and have found five of the most popular ones regarding thicker, healthier hair.

Shaving Effects Your Hair Growth

It’s not true! Shaving has nothing to do with the thickness of your hair. There is  no evidence found of any effects on your hair growth after shaving, plucking, or waxing. The stubbly feeling after shaving your hair is caused by the alteration of your hair when it is cut short. However that feeling goes away and the hair becomes softer and lighter as it grows longer and is exposed to the sun.

One Hundred Nightly Brush Strokes Will Make Your Hair Glossier

False! Studies have shown that extensive hair brushing will actually damage your hair, rather than make it glossier. People who spend hours brushing their hair risk causing split ends. It is recommended to brush your hair for about a minute every night to help distribute the natural oils from you hair from roots to ends. This, as well as regular washing, will keep your hair nice and healthy.

A Half Inch Trim Makes Your Hair Grow Faster

Not true! Many people believe regular trims will make your hair grow faster, but it doesn’t! However, the good thing about a monthly haircut is that it eliminates split ends, making your hair grow thicker.

Beer Will Make Your Hair Thicker and Glossier

This one’s actually true! Because beer is rich in proteins and vitamins, and has natural barley and hops, it does contain nutrients for helping to develop healthy, thicker, and glossier hair. While beer does not help to grow hair, it does thicken existing hair. Simply let it sit in your hair for 3-4 minutes, then rinse it out with a sweet-smelling conditioner to get rid of the yeasty alcoholic smell.

Glossy Hair depends on the Season

Maybe! According to an old wives tale, hair grows slower in the winter, leaving it flat and dry. However, due access to the fresh fruit and vegetables in the summer season, the vitamins you consume contribute to your hair. It’s been proven that what you eat determines the condition of your hair, which means that comfort eating in the winter would lead to greasy, oily, flatter hair. During the summer months your hair is naturally and healthy looking.

Whatever the season or how long you brush your hair for, old wives tales should only be used as a guideline. Everyone’s hair is different, and it’s up to the individual to find out the best way to grow their thicker, glossier hair.

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5 Odd Treatments That Cure An Itchy Scalp

itchy scalp, relief from itchy scalp, cure for itchy scalp, scalpA dry, itchy scalp poses an annoying problem for many and may develop for any number of reasons. Under most circumstances, the symptom does not represent a serious condition requiring medical treatment. Numerous home remedies alleviate the problem. Staying well hydrated also helps scalp or skin dryness and ensures that all bodily systems have enough lubrication to function properly.

Lemon Juice

The enzymes and acidity of lemon juice eliminates bacteria that may cause dryness, irritation and dandruff. The chemicals within the fruit also trigger natural oil production and minimize dryness. The treatment merely requires cutting a lemon in half and removing the seeds. Rub and squeeze the lemon on the scalp in sections, ensuring that the juice makes contact with the scalp. Gently massage the juice into the scalp and wait 30 minutes. Rinse the juice from the hair and scalp using water. Repeat the process every other day for around three weeks. In between treatments, wash the hair with a mild shampoo.


The oils and components of mayonnaise not only moisturize the scalp, but additionally offer nutrients. Combine ½ cup of mayonnaise with one beaten egg. Mix the ingredients well. Liberally apply the mixture to the hair and scalp. Leave the treatment on the hair for a few hours or cover with plastic wrap and wear overnight. Remove the mayonnaise/egg treatment by shampooing thoroughly. Repeat the therapy at least two times every week.

Olive Oil

This common kitchen ingredient also conditions the scalp by protecting natural moisture. Heat the oil in a microwavable bowl for approximately 30 to 40 seconds. Apply the oil liberally to the hair and scalp. Massage the oil into the scalp vigorously for around two minutes. Place a warm towel around the head for 20 minutes. Shampoo the hair thoroughly with a mild product. Conversely, the treatment also works well at bedtime when covered with plastic wrap for the night.


Honey not only adds much needed moisture to a dry scalp, but additionally possesses antimicrobial properties that helps eradicate unwanted organisms. The banana adds moisture along with many beneficial nutrients. Mash two ripe bananas in a bowl. Add four teaspoons of warm honey and mix the combination well. Apply the concoction to the scalp. Leave the mixture in place for 45 minutes to one hour. Wash the hair with a mild shampoo. The treatment also performs well if left on and covered overnight.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil adds moisture and reduces dryness while offering antibacterial and antifungal properties. The oil not only eliminates dandruff, but also helps by minimizing flakiness and itching. Add 10 to 20 drops of tea tree oil to ½ cup of baby shampoo. Massage the scalp while washing the hair. Repeat the process daily until the condition shows satisfactory results. Deep treat the scalp by adding two or three drops of the oil to one tablespoon of warmed vegetable oil. Apply the mixture directly to the scalp. Cover the head with a warm towel for an hour or with plastic wrap overnight. Shampoo the hair. Repeat the treatment two to three times every week.

Sarah is a hairdresser by trade and has been for the past 5 years. She loves cutting hair and making her clients feel good about themself, by writing these blogs she hopes that it may help give some people confidence with her beauty tips and tricks.

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How Much Do You Need To Spend To Look 10 Years Younger: 5 Tips For Every Budget

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Looking young and beautiful does not have to cost a fortune. When most people think of turning back the hands of time, they automatically assume that they will need plastic surgery or some expensive facial cream that they can only get from a doctor. While many people have had great results from plastic surgery and expensive creams, there is no reason for you spend the same money just to get the same results. There are five things you need to do if you are looking to appear younger without all of the extensive work.

1. Use Generic Brand Products

Believe it or not, most generic brand beauty products are just as good as name brand items. They normally contain the same ingredients and the same strength of ingredient to keep the skin looking young. By purchasing store name brands, you will find that you save a lot of money over time. Remember that you pay for the name when you purchase a name brand item found on store shelves.

2. Compare Prices from Different Stores

One of the best things you can do for your beauty budget is to compare prices for a variety of different stores. You might find that one store is having a sale on the exact product you need while another store is selling it at full price. Comparing these things in your daily newspaper is one way to ensure that you get the best price. If you’re opting for a botox from your cosmetic surgeon, make sure you research how much does botox cost online before your first visit so that you get an idea of what is the reasonable price.

3. Use Coupons

Using coupons for beauty products might seem a little too frugal for your tastes, but it will amaze you at the amount of money you can save just by using coupons. You can find coupons in newspapers, e-newsletters and even on the manufacturer’s website. Be sure to print these coupons out and take them with you when you are ready to buy the item in question.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Return Items

Beauty products can often be returned for a full refund if you have a receipt for the item. If a product was not to your liking or if you bought something that simply did not work the way it was supposed to, do not be afraid to return it and get your hard-earned money back. Obviously, return policies will differ from one store to the next, but it does not hurt to try and return the item so that you can get back your money and spend it on something else that works better.

5. Look for Ingredients Rather Than Name Brands

Instead of staying loyal to one brand, look at the ingredients and ingredient strengths on the product. You might find that a lesser known brand has the exact same ingredient strength that a better known and more expensive brand has. For instance, retinol products come in different strengths and this ingredient is the same whether it’s used in a name brand product or a store brand item.

Written by Sonya Kelsy

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I Want to Try Out Yoga…

Spring officially starts tomorrow on our side of the globe. Stores are starting to sell different items which relates to spring. Home decors such as plants and flowers, garden furniture sets and even barbecue grills since people here love to spend their afternoons grilling and enjoying the outdoors. Since this is the perfect time Germans would do their sports you will find various sports outfits in boutiques. Trekking jackets, jogging pants, yoga apparel, rubber shoes and more. Some fitness studios are also offering programs especially for women. As I have told before, many women here either only stay at home or have a part time job so sports center have their eyes on stay-at-home moms like me. Long before I wanted to try yoga. My sis-in-law was an instructor in a fitness studio back home and I saw how it benefited her. One might say she’s weak but she really has this body strength hiding behind her frail-looking physique. Now, one of my American classmates in my German class will be training and is planning to open up a yoga class. I’ve been thinking of enrolling and I hope I can while we’re on a summer break.

I know I’ll be comfortable in this..

In yoga you need clothes that perfectly fit. They must not be too tight or too loose. Flexibility and support for complete ease of movement must be taken into account. You also need to consider of course, comfort. Clothes must be made of soft fibers which can allow your skin to breathe. Wearing the appropriate attire when doing your exercise is important so as to maximize your workout’s full potential.

Of all the advantages I’ve read about yoga, the most important thing I want to achieve is to have a good and proper posture. I’ve been having back pains because of my posture and I want to correct it. I hope I’m not too late for this.


Skin breaks

Autumn is here and it’s cold season once again. Every morning I check the weather and the temperature starts to drop day by day. The highest could be at 12°C and it could go as low as -1°C. The other day we even had -0.6°C!

Cold weather really dries up my skin. I think even lotions with intense formulas for dry skin don’t work. I’m not used to putting on lotions regularly but this time it will be a must. I had problems with my skin when we were just new here. There would appear like small cuts and I’ll just notice blood on my hands. And now, it’s happening again. It started out as just an itch in areas where they get usually wet and I noticed that red parts are already forming. And now this:

A classmate suggested I should put hand creme liberally at night before sleeping. So I guess I’ll take her advice. Or maybe check with a pharmacist for a more professional advice. Because if not, this would get worse and could really be painful. They also get a little darker. I’m also looking for a good pair of gloves to protect my hands from cold since I walk during the day after our class. The day could be very sunny, skies could be clear but the wind, brrrr! Freezing cold!

My massagers

Didn’t I mention that I love massages? So when we saw that there are electric Shiatsu massagers on sale at 50% off in a nearby supermarket, hubby immediately went there and bought one. Immediately because items like these easily run out. There were three kinds available, a foot massager, a pillow for back or legs and a seat massager. I prefer the pillow one since lately my back, especially the lower part, needs special attention. I have been complaining to hubby about it and kinda expecting he will buy the pillow. Surprisingly, he went home with the foot massager! Hahaha! Though I know he knows I love foot massages. But that time I really would like to have the pillow one because we seldom travel anymore and our feet don’t really get that tired from walking. Anyway, I just tried to position the massager so I can have a back massage. Just when I thought I won’t have the pillow, hubby came home with it the following day! At first I was kind of “annoyed”. Imagine buying another one! It was not even our priority. I thought, here I am trying to look for shoes/boots that’s affordable and yet he bought something that’s least important (it was the same price with a pair of boots!). But then again I realized, he bought something he knows that would make me happy. Wouldn’t it be great if he next started taking classes from online massage therapy schools?!

Now I can blog and have both a foot and back massage at the same time. Hehe..

Flat feet and bunions

“Given the chance, what part of your body would you like to change and why?” Sounds familiar right? This question is usually asked in beauty pageants and the hopefuls’ usual answer is, “Nothing because this is what God has given to me, blah blah…” O well, ask me and I will proudly say that I want to change my feet! Haha! All my life my flat feet and bunions have been my problems. What with their width plus the bunions, it’s very hard for me to get a pair that would perfectly suit my feet and be comfortable on it. Bunions are really painful if you wear wrong shoe styles or cuts. I cannot wear narrow or pointed ones. For my flat feet, wearing flat shoes is comfy but could be painful on the sole after hours of walking because of the absence of the arch. Yes there are some brands of shoes that cater to customers who have problems like mine but they’re too pricey for me. I can even have an option to have custom-made shoes. I’ve tried it and still it didn’t fit me well. I also considered having my bunions removed but the thought of being immobile and just staying at home gave me second thoughts. 🙂

My foot. That's also how my footprint will look like when I step on the sand. No arch! 🙂

Good thing I was lucky enough to see a pair of ankle boots here that fits me. With its broad width and sole, I could walk comfortably.

Ready for the cold season!