By Tamryn |
You can’t win ‘em all. Despite being a major player for years now in the English Premier League’s most successful team, Manchester United, Wayne Rooney just keeps on losing … his hair.
The star striker has undergone a second hair transplant in London in as many years, reports say. Rooney, arguably the most well-known English soccer player in the world (Becks has retired, you know), first had the $25,000 procedure done in 2011. The resulting headlines helped grow interest in hair implantation among other young men trying to stave off baldness. Now, 27, he’s gone under the knife again, although the clinic treating him says it was just a standard follow-up operation.
Rooney also made headlines recently when he became a father again. Wife Coleen gave birth in May to their second child, son Klay. The couple also have a 3-year-old boy named Kai.
While we all know parenthood can be stressful and stress can be a cause of follicular fall out, one still has to wonder if having been on the receiving end of manager Alex Ferguson’s infamous “hairdryer treatments” had anything to do with Rooney’s pate problems. Luckily for him, and other United players, Fergie finally retired this season. Maybe now Rooney can hang on to those remaining strands. (The only other question that remains is whether Manchester United can hang on to Rooney! But that’s a whole other story, for a whole other site. …)
By Tamryn |
Vinegar has certainly stepped into the limelight in recent years with the growing interest in green living. Plain ol’ vinegar can be used for cleaning and disinfecting, among other household uses, instead of chemical-laden — and expensive — store-bought products. It has some healthful uses, as well, but the real personal care powerhouse is apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Health
We probably have all had a bottle of apple cider vinegar in our pantries at one point or another. After all, it is handy for making marinades or for use in a simple salad dressing. If you have heard any of the buzz about apple cider vinegar, or ACV, you may be looking at that brown liquid a little differently. But don’t be fooled — the vinegar in your kitchen is most likely the distilled, refined, clear kind, which is not the type that is chock full of health benefits. You want to get the unfiltered, unpasteurized kind, for starters, and if it’s organic, even better. This ACV is murky, with strands of stuff floating around in it and more stuff settled down at the bottom. This stuff is called the “mother” — and it is the mother-lode of apple cider vinegar’s goodness. ACV is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes and amino acids; in all apple cider vinegar contains 90 different substances. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, recognized apple cider vinegar’s benefits way back in 400 B.C., prescribing it to his patients.
Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits
Like the ancient herb neem, ACV’s benefits are long and varied, from sore throats, sprains and sunburn to acid reflux, cholesterol and diabetes, and much, much more. ACV has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, as well as balancing the body’s pH inside and out. (Before life gets in the way, why not get some ACV now while you’re thinking about it. Click on the bottle just above.) Most apple cider vinegar remedies involve ingesting a teaspoon to a tablespoon or so of the liquid daily or several times a day. For a general health tonic, you can drink a tablespoon of ACV added to a glass of water every day. Add a little natural sweetener if you find it is still too sharp tasting.
Apple Cider Vinegar Remedies
Sprains – Make a paste of ACV and sea salt and apply to a sprain. Acid reflux – In the morning and two hours before bedtime, drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar diluted in water. Weight loss – Before a meal, drink a glass of water with a tablespoon of ACV. Skin – Tone your skin with an apple cider vinegar and water mix, such as one tablespoon of vinegar to two of water. Apply with a cotton ball and follow with moisturizer as you would normally. Use a stronger mix of equal parts water and vinegar for acne. Dab straight ACV on age spots to lighten them. Sunburn – Soak in a tepid bath to which you have added a cup of ACV. This apple cider vinegar remedy is also good for relieving itchy skin, candida and sore muscles. Sore throat – Gargle warm water mixed with a tablespoon of ACV. (And just swallow — there’s no need to spit it out!) Teeth stains – Apply apple cider vinegar straight to teeth with a finger or toothbrush and scrub. Hair – ACV for hair removes any build-up of products and leaves locks shining. Also good for dandruff control. Detoxification – Mix two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a liter of water and drink throughout the day. Fungus – Soak affected area in a mix of ACV and water. Diabetes – Apple cider vinegar helps lower glucose levels; drink a tablespoon with water before meals. ACV is all natural and it can’t hurt to try it as apple cider vinegar benefits so many conditions. But never replace your medications with this or any other alternative treatment without the OK from your doctor.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Acid Reflux and Me
UPDATE: Another way apple cider vinegar benefit I’ve experienced is for acid reflux. I recently went to an ear, nose, throat doctor after a spate of really bad sinus headaches. These were often accompanied by what I can best describe as a raw-feeling throat, which I attributed to post-nasal drip. The doctor didn’t think so. He threaded a scope through my nose to peer into my sinuses and down my throat. My sinuses were normal, he said. No infection, no polyps. He did say my throat was fiery red and inflamed. Do you have GERD? he asked. Um, no. Heartburn? Anything like that? No again. He told me to start taking a common acid reflux drug available over the counter, saying many people have gastroesophageal reflux disease without knowing it. I didn’t tell him, but I had no intentions of taking this drug. But the fact remained my throat was causing me a lot of discomfort. So I talked to someone I knew had been diagnosed with GERD — my mom (who, by the way, is growing back hair on her eyebrows that’s been missing 30 years with an inexpensive natural product). I described my throat symptoms and she said that’s exactly how her throat felt. Ugh. Not what I wanted to hear. Of course, I know all the uses and benefits of ACV. I’ve used apple cider vinegar for weight loss, for minor burns and skin irritations, for hair and so on. But I have to be honest. The smell to me is like sour, stinky feet and it tastes nearly as bad. So after I while I would find myself “forgetting” to take it. But tell you what, I started taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water before bed and another in the morning, and within a day my throat was better. One day. After a week or so, I cut it back to one tablespoon of ACV a day, split between morning and night. I also noticed I had more energy, a smaller appetite and generally felt really good. Like everything, this doesn’t work for everyone. My mom didn’t feel the complete relief I did (but her problem had been going on for years and was more severe; also, she admitted she wasn’t consistent taking it because she didn’t like the taste). And it must be the unpasteurized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, the murky kind with all that icky-looking stringy stuff floating around in it. I also I admit I’m terribly consistent either. I’ll drink it a few days straight, then maybe skip a day or two (or five), or only in the morning (or only at night). But even averaging a few times a week, I continue to reap the benefits of ACV. I did have a relapse when I didn’t have any ACV for a couple of weeks. My throat felt so raw. Once I started drinking it again, the relief was immediate.
By Tamryn |
The makers of the Brazilian Blowout line of hair straightening treatments have settled a lawsuit with the state of California, agreeing to include warnings that two of their products can expose stylists and their clients to formaldehyde gas, a carcinogenic.
California-based company GIB had previously claimed that the Brazilian Blowout products were “formaldehyde free.”
The Federal Drug Administration disagreed. Following complaints about health issues arising from the use of Brazilian Blowout, the FDA found it had levels of formaldehyde in the 8 to 10 percent range. Meanwhile, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that anything with levels of just 0.1 percent of the cancer-causing substance have a warning.
In August 2011, the FDA, in a letter to the makers of the popular hair smoothing product, said: “Brazilian Blowout contains methylene glycol, the liquid form of formaldehyde, which, under the conditions of use prescribed in the labeling, releases formaldehyde when hair treated with the product is heated with a blow dryer and then with a hot flat iron.”
According to the FDA, health problems reported by users included eye irritation, blurred vision, headaches, dizziness, cough, nasal irritation, wheezing, throat irritation, chest pain, vomiting and rash, among others.
To smooth things out, as it were, GIB will also pay $600,000 in fines, according to the settlement.
The company first took some heat for their keratin hair treatment in 2010 after an Oregon hair stylist complained about health problems from using the Brazilian Blowout and tests revealed it contained a whopping 10.4 percent of formaldehyde, a known cancer causer. The state of California sued GIB, and last year more lawsuits followed.
GIB made changes to the labeling of their products in advance of the settlement.
But despite the health concerns over the Brazilian Blowout, many salons and stylists continue to offer it, for which their clients, who swear by the frizz-free results, are grateful and happily don gas masks to protect themselves if that’s what it takes to have silky, shiny, nearly care-free hair for three to four months.
There are many brands of keratin straighteners and not all contain formaldehyde. At least some say they don’t. But so did GIB. So if you want to get a Brazilian treatment done on your hair, it’s probably best to be safe than sorry and take precautions.