I've just finished applying the final layer of varnish on my nails and am half way glammed up and ready to step into the New Year. I'm in awe of how 365 days can pass by and I can be as happy or even happier than I was at the beginning of the year. There's nothing like stepping into a new year- a chance to build a better you and put things of the past behind you!!!
I'll stop the rambling now and let you in on some LoveYourTresses updates.
LYT will be offline from the 01/01/2012 - 09/01/2012 due to some site changes. I have so much I want to add to the blog in 2012 so I've dedicated the break to exactly that!
In better news here is a recap of some of the weird and wonderfuls that happened hair-wise with LYT this year!
Enjoy and Happy New Year!!!
I attempted my first twist out as a protective style! 3 painful hours and 14 minutes later... ta da!!!
O boy have I been MIA! Its been so busy lately with Christmas and New Year prep as well as other deadlines. I am however excited to say that the LoveYourTresses 12 days of Christmas Haircare Charity special was a great success and I can't share enough how grateful I am for all of the support, especially from all of the companies, who were more than generous this festive season!
Last but definitely not least, the lovely Anita Grant has rounded off the 12 days of Christmas Haircare Charity special with a very generous gift.
The haircare industry is one which strives for profit, as of course does any other money making business, so it really means a lot when a homegrown business such as Anita Grant, decides to donate a gift to each and every charity which has been featured in the LYT 12 days of Christmas Haircare Charity special.
I've finally gathered the results for the Mazuri Organics and British Curlies Giveaway winners!!! I really do wish I could have entered myself! The darn cheek right!
Well anyway to the winners already!
The three lovely ladies who have grabbed themselves some Mazuri products are...
- Susanah Estro -
- Lamide -
- Debra Chosen -
The winner of the British Curlies £50 Giveaway goes to...
- Kara M -
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your postage info within the next 48 hours to grab your goodies. Giveaways will be re-dished if you are unable to send your info by the given time sorry!!!
As human being we often find ourselves more and more involved in charity giving and supporting when its affected our personal lives. Well it definitely is true! How about taking a step without having to experience a loss, you will definitely make a difference!
What is Bone Marrow?
Bone marrow is a spongy tissue found within bones. All blood cells are produced within the marrow
To sustain the necessary levels of blood cells the bone marrow of an adult must produce about 3,000,000 red blood cells and 120,000 white blood cells every second. All these cells originate from a small population of stem cells. Less than one in 5,000 of the marrow cells is a stem cell
Many sufferers and their families contact the ACLT from the UK and aroun
d the world asking for assistance to raise awareness and recruit potential donors in an attempt to find suitable donors
Unfortunately, 24,000 sufferers require life saving bone marrow transplants at any one time
Giving blood is quick, easy and most importantly, it saves lives. To donate blood you must be at least 17 years of age and weigh at least 7st 12lbs (50kg). You can donate blood once every 16 weeks (3 times a year) and each time you donate this equates to 475 mls of blood
Every minute of every day someone somewhere needs blood for life saving treatment. Shockingly, just 0.4% of current blood donors are Black. Yet we rely on blood for many things e.g. treatment of cancers, transfusions for Sickle Cell disorder patients, child birth, major surgery and life threatening conditions. Giving Blood is one way of giving a little to do a lot
Despite being cut off a day from the challenge due to Blogger difficulties, the show must go on and today I am very excited to introduce our Charity of the day which is...
What is Alopecia?
Alopecia is a general term used for hair loss; this can be a small bald patch on the head or the loss of all the hair over the entire body.
Types of Alopecia?
Alopecia Areata (AA)
Used to describe hair loss occurring in patches anywhere on the body.
Alopecia Totalis (AT)
Total loss of the hair on the scalp.
Alopecia Universalis (AU)
Total loss of all hair on the body.
Loss of facial hair (for a man) especially in the beard area.
A type of alopecia which results in scaly patches.
What causes Alopecia?
The exact cause of alopecia areata isn’t known, although it’s generally agreed it’s a disease of the immune system. There is believed to be a genetic component in some cases and a possible link with stress.
In alopecia, your immune system attacks the affected hair follicles by mistake. This halts hair growth (the anagen stage) and causes a move to resting (the telogen phase) where the hairs are then abruptly shed.
I've had a few messages asking for my promised youtube 30 day hair challenge tutorials as well as some hair posts! I have not forgotten and will get back to blogging after the fab 12 day charity special is over! I wanted the charities to be the main focus this Christmas season, but no worries I haven't run away!
Hope you're all prepped and gearing to go for Christmas :)
I've been behind the scenes for a long while but what better time for me to jump back into blogging than to share some really important information on...
Locks of Love
After watching this promo video, I realised how much hair can mean. As a transitioner, I have a personal debate on whether or not I want to go for the big chop but the bottom line is, I have a choice which is not the case for many of the recipients of Locks of Love.
Locks of love is a non-profit organisation providing wigs for under 21's who are financially disadvantaged and dealing with a variety of long term conditions which have caused the loss of their hair. The main cause of hair loss among this group is alopecia areata for which there has been no cure found. The Mission statement at Locks of Love is to...
"return a sense of self, confidence and normalcy to children suffering from hair loss by utilizing donated ponytails to provide the highest quality hair prosthetics to financially disadvantaged children"
How can we help?
I know the prospect of donating 10" of hair which is the minimum length, may seem daunting however this is not the only way we can get involved to help. Here are some ways that are suggested for us to get involved!
'At 21 years old, my strong athletic brother was diagnosed with leukaemia. As a teenager I remember praying to God and asking “Why?”. It didn’t make any sense. Now as an adult I am fully aware there was a cluster of young adults and children diagnosed at the time in our area. We lived up the road from a nuclear warhead plant……………..
This was my first experience of suffering with cancer. Since then my mother has died of a lung disease related to passive smoking. Her sister died from stomach cancer. My uncle died from throat cancer. I am not unique. So many others share my story and this is what both frightens me and motivates me.
Currently, my sister suffers with breast cancer. I love her dearly. Again, I found myself asking “Why?”
When Catherine first lost her hair through chemotherapy, I was experiencing extreme shedding through using a relaxer. My hair was falling out in handfuls, daily. I thought, if she could be so serene and look so appealing bald, then what have I got to complain about. So I removed all my hair.
Catherine had stopped using many cosmetics because of the chemicals in them and up until then, I had never considered what I put on my body or even the possibility of chemicals passing through the skin into the bloodstream.
I was a single mum on income support of £57 per week, with a laptop that had the biggest crack in the screen, but my passion to find answers was obsessive. I had started my MSc in Public Health so used access to the British Library to research cosmetics. This is how the FRO her hair range began.
I now know that toxins are all around us. In the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat. I believe we also need to be more aware of what we put on our bodies, as particular chemicals are known to be absorbed via the skin. Some can even be urinated hours later.
Our FRO her hair range is not about following the “natural” trend or trying to be edgy. It is a borne from the philosophy that each and every manufacturer should take greater accountability and greater responsibility to ensure what they produce is safe for humans, wildlife and the planet. Safety should never be outweighed by profit.
I can never have my mother back but I can do my best to ensure what I create never causes anyone, any form of harm, on any level. Every single ingredient we use is researched for safety first, then for performance. As painful as it is, I believe there is learning to be gained in every eventuality in life.
Yesterday, we heard our FRO her range has been shortlisted for the Hair Awards 2012! ………………..…..I know my mother is smiling!'