no harsh chemicals

I rather not be ignorant...can someone educate me?

White Me: Maybe I’m just ignorant but I don’t understand why its racist for a white person to have dreadlocks but it is not racist to put harsh chemicals in your hair to straighten your African hair? Like I wondered if it would be weird or wrong to get an Ankh (ancient Egyptian cross) tattoo and my black friend was all “no that’s o.k. I mean If I got a Celtic knot tattoo would you be offend?” and I said I’d  would find it a bit weird but I would not be offended. idk I’ve been racist before w/out knowing it I just wish someone would explain it to me.

Black Friend : Power. Power is why. Who holds the power. Why they hold the power. 

White Friend : Black people straightening their hair is not the same thing as non-black people having dreadlocks because black people are turned down jobs and looked down-upon for having their natural hair. They have been expected to straighten their hair. By white people trying to have dreadlocks, they’re saying that they want what black people have, which is what we have been doing since before this country was founded. I might not be wording everything as best as I can, but as Kim said, it’s power. White people have power, and that’s why we shouldn’t take something that doesn’t belong to us.

Other black friend: The direction of power in the US directly places black culture as inferior and white culture as superior.

This has deep historical roots. Consider how black people were expected to assimilate into whiter standards by straightening their hair or speaking the right form of English or dressing/behaving in certain manners while the black-cultural versions of these behaviors were considered inferior UNTIL a white person decided to try them out and make them “trendy.” Black people are EXPECTED and often forced to conform to white culture, whereas white people are ALLOWED the liberty to traverse cultures as they see fit.

The reality is that systemic inequality is very material and present everywhere. Hair, clothes, language, dancing, music, ALL OF THESE THINGS come out of an unequal and racist culture, not just a de-cultured vacuum. So, by default, they’re seeping with inequality and racism. So no, it’s really not just hair.

And assuming this separates us is another fallacy that perpetuates this idea that the way to go on is to ignore centuries of trauma and just get along and share stuff when we can hardly even acknowledge that trauma is there. Acknowledging inequality and giving poc and especially black people the power to hold agency over their culture (and over what you can and cannot do) is an important step toward that.

Other white friend: Because it ruins non-black hair. Non-black “dreads” are just mold traps and destroy the hair.
Black dreads are a way of protecting black hair and are extremely clean.

GOOGLE IS FREE. Read on your own. Research your questions. Stop making black people explain it to you. Fix your ignorance.

rinse the blood off my space toga

“Can I see? Wait, there’s no shafts? it just.. grows in two colours?”
“Er. Not exactly.”
“The other humans’ plumage isn’t near this bright. Are you a born leader?”
“HAH. no.”
“It signifies caste, then? Or a mating display?!”
“Not even close. I went out and paid an artisan to apply a harsh chemical to rip out my natural colouration, then apply this artificial one.”
“That sounds.. unpleasant.”
“Yeah it burned like a <<dog?>>, my scalp was tender for days after.”
“If it doesn’t create any advantages, what’s the point?”
“Ah, it just looks <<rutting>> <<cold>>. What other reason do we need?”
“..humans are weird. .. .. .. do you think it would work on feathers?”

tips for flawless skin:

(note: everyones skin type/genes are different! this may not work 100% for everyone but this is what i do to maintain healthy skin!)

- stay hydrated. this is probably the most important one! not only does staying hydrated make you feel better and improve your health drastically, over time, your skin will feel more plump and smooth due to the boost in elasticity from the internal hydration.

- exfoliate! 2 -3 times a week!! this is also super important ! exfoliating takes away Dead and dry skin cells, leaving the fresh and new layer of skin beneath ! your skin will be glowy and clear, while unclogging your pores and reducing chances of acne as well

- moisturize ! a huge step that shouldn’t be missed. moisturizing will replenish your skin with needed nutrients and hydration. remember to use a moisturizer based on your skin type !

- use a gentle face wash. use one that isn’t filled w harsh chemicals that can dry out your fragile skin or cause irritation. remember that your facial skin is thin and needs to be handled gently !

- change out your pillowcase once a week! pillowcases can trap all kinds of nasties like dirt and oil. this causes acne and clogged pores! this will also reduce the excess oil on your scalp !

- use face masks. these can remedy a slurry of issues such as redness and puffiness. use one up to three times a week !!

- do a simple fav massage in the am! It helps circulation and reduces puffiness. with your fingertips, in circular motions, gently massage from your forehead all the way down your neck, focusing on your jaw and neck. 5 minutes is recommended but a quick sweep is ok too!

- find a routine that works best for you! going to a dermatologist is recommended, but for those on a budget, you can do tons of online research! your routine can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. and beforall, remember to tea new skincare items on a patch on your arm or neck!

if u have any more tips feel free to add!

The Signs as Underrated Lush Products

Aries: Toothy Tabs

Little tablets that keep your mouth uber refreshed, and teeth white. Long lasting flavor.

Cancer: Henna

All-natural hair dyes in the form of solid bars that give amazing color to your hair without the harsh chemicals.

Taurus: Body Conditioners

Natural butters and oils that immediately give you very soft and nicely fragmented skin. It really helps with dry patches that can be bothersome.

Gemini: Shower Smoothies

These cleansers keep you feeling fresh and conditioned. The light scents aren’t over-bearing like some, and also help with dry patches of skin.

Leo: Body Tints

Rich body bars that give you a hint of color anywhere you’d like. Usually used on arms and legs. Lots of shimmer too.

Virgo: Fresh Face Masks

These masks leave your face feeling refreshed, cleansed and moisturized all in one. The ingredients are very natural so you’re not putting damaging chemicals on your skin.

Libra: Toners

Fragrant flowery bars that leave skin looking brighter and cleaner after use, the results take action very fast and it’s very effective.

Scorpio: Lip Scrubs

These scrubs make your lips smoother and softer than ever. I find that they work for chapped lips too. Adds a little bit of a tint which is nice.

Sagittarius: Lip Balms/Tints

Balms that keep your lips soft, hydrated, and colored for a long period of time?! There are none like Lush’s. They last for nice amounts of time; don’t have to keep reapplying constantly over the day.

Capricorn: Color Supplements

Have patchy skin? Not a problem with these foundations. They even out skin tone so nicely and it looks so natural when applied! It doesn’t clog pores at all and feels very light.

Aquarius: Shower Jellies

Fun, squishy, cleansing, and refreshing shower jell that smells very nice and always leaves you with a fresh, cleansed feeling. It doesn’t feel heavy and isn’t heavy on the scent.

Pisces: Cream Eyeshadows

Amazingly pigmented shadows that stay on all day and blends so easily. Unlike most cream shadows, these feel so light you can’t tell you’re wearing it!

Trying not to spend too much time on these and just have fun instead! I decided to kick this off with some menstrual cup love since a post I made last week garnered a lot of questions about them. Let’s normalize menstruation, it’s not something to be grossed out or embarrassed by.

1. No Harsh chemicals! Menstrual cups are made of medical-grade silicone and they are hypoallergenic! None of those chemicals you can find in pads and tampons, and they don’t throw off your pH balance! You can die from keeping a tampon in too long, but you can wear a cup for up to 12 hours.

2. Doesn’t dry you out. Cups collect menstrual flow instead of absorbing and drying you out, meaning your natural lubrication stays put.

3. Save money! One cup can last you up to 4 years! Imagine how many pads and/or tampons you buy in a year alone.

4. Be one with your body. Most people don’t know how much they flow a month. A cup helps you be more in tune with your body and learn about yourself. No more guessing games with your cycle.

5. Help the environment! It’s a no-brainer!

There are so many additional benefits (Like no leaks! [when inserted correctly]). The only way to know if a menstrual cup is for you is to do your own research and get one to try out! If you find that the cup isn’t for you, there are other alternatives like absorbent panties, reusable pads or organic pads/tampons.

The Playground

Good morning, and welcome to the fluffiest shit I’ve ever wrote. Seriously, I got sick from the fluff in this. So, probably don’t read if you’re not into tooth rotting fluff. Also, completely unbeta-ed. All mistakes are my own. 

Word Count: 2,122 words approximately
Sneak Peek:

Lincoln swings his legs back and forth, nudging the chair in a slow circle. He’s only ever sat in a chair like this in his parents’ lab when the other has stepped out and he’s really not supposed to be going in there at all – Mum’s words, even though she’s broke that rule enough herself – he’s very patient and stays away from any harsh chemicals. But this setting is different, as just twelve hours before he’d been woken in the dead of night to his Dad of all people telling him to get dressed.

Honestly, he’d been having a good dream about monkeys.

Read the rest here!

Things your esthetician/stylist wishes they could tell you...

I’ve worked in a few different salons. I have fond memories of working with strong women, harsh chemicals, and tedious tasks. Don’t get me wrong here- the people working on your hands, feet, faces, hair and body parts LOVE THEIR WORK- but there are a few things that you should know, that will make their lives a little bit easier. Now that I’m not working in the industry, I have nothing to lose by writing, and sharing this with you. I hope that my former coworkers, some of the most amazing people I’ve ever known, will benefit from it. 

If you have a positive experience and like the person who does your service- book your next appointment with her before you leave the salon/spa. I cannot stress this enough. Many of the shifts in the salon industry are given based on appointments booked- so if this awesome stylist/esthetician that you just had doesn’t have pre-booked appointments- she also might not have work. I know you’re busy- and you don’t know what your schedule is going to look like in the next few weeks/months… but by prebooking (you can always change your appointment later) you could be ensuring that your esthetician has a job. Even the greatest, most experienced salon professionals depend on their repeat clients. Plus- you’ll only be able to blame yourself if you don’t pre-book and suddenly you can’t get your christmas-tree nail art done on Christmas eve because the ONLY girl who does nail art is totally booked. BE THE REPEAT GUEST!

If you make an appointment- show up for it. If you can’t make it- call to cancel. Often times, if you don’t show for a 2 hour hair appointment, it means that your stylist loses 2 hours of pay. If you call to cancel, your stylist will likely be able to find someone else to take your spot, and not lose money. I would hate to think that my actions directly impacted someone’s ability to pay their rent, but when you don’t come to your appointment, and you don’t give heads up, that’s exactly what can happen. Not to mention, if you make a habit of it, you could get blacklisted and not be able to get your favorite person to work on you next time. 

These people WILL do their best. You are literally a walking advertisement for these professionals. So, when you ask for something, they will do everything in their power to make it happen. HOWEVER- if you box-dye your hair black, and are expecting to leave the salon as a platinum blonde, you are likely to be disappointed. If you want a beautiful french manicure but you pick at your cuticles and bite your nails, you are likely to be disappointed. If you tweeze your eyebrows between visits, but want to look like Kim Kardashian, you are likely to be educated in the wonders of makeup (and possibly disappointed). 
Realistic expectations aren’t always easy- but they’ll make everybody’s life better. TRUST these stylists when they advise against something, and know that if an esthetician says that a french manicure might not turn out like you hope- she’s going to try her darndest to make it happen anyway.

Body hair needs to be long enough to lay flat, or it won’t get picked up by the wax. HAVING SAID THAT- if you your hair is long enough to curl around your finger… it’s too darn long. Hair that is too long WILL wax but it will hurt about 13,250,000x more than if the hair was the appropriate length. What’s that length? About as long as your pinky fingernail, or the eraser on a pencil. That’s the sweet spot. Too much longer, and it’s gonna hurt significantly more- too much shorter, and the hair won’t lift.  If your esthetican provides you with a wipe or cleansing option- use it. I don’t think I need to explain that one- just be considerate. If you have questions about waxing- ask them. DO NOT TAN! For goodness sake! This might sound like anti-cancer propaganda (but seriously- it’s 2015), but your skin can legitimately lift right off… leaving you AND your esthetican scarred for life. Don’t tweeze between appointments unless advised otherwise. There’s probably lots more- but those are the main ones, I think.

Some people like things to be done ‘Just Right’. Nothing wrong with that, folks. You like your french lines thick? Like your bangs SUPER-blunted? Want light pressure during your massage? GREAT- give your service provider a heads up. They might be great at chit-chat, and remembering how you like your coffee… but they’re not mind readers. They would MUCH rather (I promise) have you give explicit detail as to what you want, then have you ask them to redo their work after completion. I can verify that there is honestly nothing more frustrating than finishing a job to a point where you are satisfied and having your client say- “Oh… those french lines are really thin- could you make them thicker?”
If you notice that something isn’t quite what you like- tell them right away! 

Massage therapists and estheticians especially work in very close, closed-off quarters. If they’re rubbing your face/head/etc and you’re breathing your very thankful, but infected breath all over them… they’re going to get sick. They know it too, as they’re sitting there. You’re breathing through your mouth, or dripping from your nose all over the place- and they’re thinking *I can feel myself getting sick already*. 
They 100% can’t afford to be sick, I promise. So if you’re a walking illness factory- rebook for when you’re feeling better.

Tip with cash. Tip with cash. ALWAYS try to tip with cash! This doesn’t just apply to the salon environment- but every environment. Cash tips are easily accessible, and often can be spared the vigorous taxation process that debit/credit tips go through. Also- try to remember to bring a tip, even if you’re using a gift card. **If you’re not tipping, start tipping**

If you are late, for example, and are booked for a manicure.. and you request a french manicure, with extra glitter and a painting of the statue of liberty on your index finger, and your middle name spelled out in Hebrew on your thumb… your nail tech/esthetician will do their best to make it happen. IF, however, they can’t- it’s probably not their fault. There’s a good chance that she’s already running late for her next client, has had to skip/shorten her lunch, or was done her shift 20 minutes ago. Try hard to be patient and understanding. They will always try to make you happy- but some things just can’t be done.

There’s nothing more flattering than a client referral. Word of mouth is a salon professional’s best advertising. Spread the word. Post pics on instagram/facebook/tumblr… tell the world that YOUR STYLIST/NAIL TECH/MASSAGE THERAPIST/ESTHETICIAN is the best!

If your esthetician nips your cuticle accidentally or doesn’t quite capture the brow shape you want… or your hair stylist just can’t quite match the Jennifer Anniston picture you brought in (she’s probably crying about it in the staff room), it’s totally okay to let front desk know. It’s SO NOT OKAY to give front desk a third-degree about customer service, standards, business, or anything else. The front desk people who work in spas and salons have to deal with SO MUCH MORE than you will likely ever know- so just be patient and kind to them, and it’ll pay off.

If they’re giving you product recommendations, lifestyle tips, food recommendations, service recommendations… listen to them! They want what’s best for you, I SWEAR. If your nail tech says 'hand lotion would really help with your hangnails’- she means it. If your stylist says 'you really should try to come in for a cut more often, it would help your hair to grow longer’- she means it. If your esthetician says 'drink more water and your skin won’t be as flaky’- she means it. If your massage therapist says 'practice some deep breathing and stress relief techniques to help your tense shoulders’- she means it. You see what I’m getting at here? They don’t have a hidden motive. They really just want to see you be the best you can be! Listen to their advice, and ASK for recommendations if you need them.

12.) BE KIND
Okay, last one. This applies to everybody all the time, of course- but I’m speaking specifically about salon/spa professionals here. Think for a moment about the work they’re doing for you. Clipping your toenails because you just haven’t had time? Washing your hair for you and doing that amazing scalp-rub thing? Rubbing the stress-knots out of your butt-cheeks? Try not to drop lines like: “Ugh.. if I had to touch feet, I’d gag.” or “I don’t know you can put your hands on people’s bare skin like that.” or “I could never wash someone’s stinky head.” - That’s actually really insulting. These people have CHOSEN this career path, so respect it. These people do some incredible things for us. Let’s all be nice to them. 

Thanks for reading! Please share with your friends!

Why you need to avoid chemicals hair coloring ?

I will never recommend dyes with harsh chemicals !

Coloring hair has always an effect on the moisture protein balance.

But Permanent color has chemicals in it that are specifically designed to raise the cuticle layer and deposit color into the hair’s cortex.

Once these changes are made to the cortex, they can’t be easily reversed.

In fact, dying your hair with chemicals products causing the hair to be more porous.

If it’s too porous the hair doesn’t retain any moisture and becomes dry.

When the cuticle layer is healthy it can help prevent these damages, but in some instances, the cuticle layer itself simply can’t withstand to the abuse of strong chemicals, heat and manipulation.

However, the good news is since the cuticle layer can be manipulated, either for the bad or the good, you can learn how to control your cuticle layer and optimize its strength and preservation to grow longer hair.

To grow Healthy and long natural hair you need definitely to avoid chemicals hair coloring !

anonymous asked:

just wanna share.. ive had chronic acne for as long as I remember, like yrs, and nothing prescribed by a dermatologist helped me. ive used cetaphil normal cleanser, yes to tomatoes toner, and an aloe moisturizer for a few months and my skin is c l e a r . absolutely C L E A R !!! ! !! even with wearing makeup like everyday. use gentle skin products, it helps soooo much more than "acne gone in a week!!" harsh chemical kind of stuff

Nice!! If this stuff doesn’t work I will probably try that because I Am Tired. I don’t think any of the stuff I got is super harsh chemicals, the lady told me it may take a few months to start seeing huge changes but idk

You know how I said that impulsive poor decision-making is not a problem for me? Haha well so much for that.

Bigfoot showed up like this and said, “Dude! I got some edible silver spray paint! Do you want to be shiny and chrome with me?”
“Absolutely!” I said, and bared my teeth.

Only after the harsh, acrid chemical taste of the spray paint hit my tongue did I stop to ask myself if Bigfoot is someone I can trust to know a safe decision from a dangerous one. He’s a gentle soul and one of my favorite people…. but no. He’s basically a really, really tall ten year-old.

“Uh… are you sure this is edible?” I asked.
“Um, technically, anything is edible,” he replied.


My menstrual cup experience...

So not many of you may know about alternative sanitary products for periods, but the menstrual cup is one that I have found that tends to have a bit of stigma surrounding it.

First off, IT DOES NOT GET STUCK!!!!! And if it does, that is due to user error. Secondly, it is so much safer than pads and/or tampons. Tampons contain harsh chemicals (like Bleach and a fabric called Rayon which creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria, that’s why there is a risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome that comes with wearing tampons for too long). 

Personally, my experience with my menstrual cup (the Lilycup size A, pictured below) did not start off well. 

I attempted to shove it in using the punch down fold (also pictured below) on a dry run (a day when I was not on my period). 

That was my first mistake. I found out later that lubricant makes everything a lot easier so I went to the store later that afternoon and bought the store brand water-based (any other kind will damage the silicone  as well as other things inside you so please don’t use vaseline)

So after about 10 hours, it was time to take it out. And I thought, “No problem, I just need to pull it out”

Turns out, that is not the case…

I spent the next half hour in my bathroom crying and attempting to get the damn thing out. What the company fails to emphasize about the removal process is that the seal needs to be broken by inserting a finger and basically pushing down like you did in the punch down fold. 

Buzzfeed published an accurate article on what it is like when you have it stuck inside you…

I basically panicked as described in the article. It was the most pain I had ever been in and I was all alone, with my mother (not responding to my pleas of agony) in the room next to me. She finally decided to come in and ask me if I was alright AFTER I had already gotten it out and was lying on the bathroom floor in a puddle of tears.

After I finally got it out, I didn’t try it again even when my period came because I was so afraid of that thing. I eventually bucked up my courage the next month and decided that I would give it one more go.

I did a lot of research about the insertion and removal process and then I attempted it myself. It went in fine and then 10 hours later, I was able to remove it painlessly.

So now, I use it every day on my period and I use pads at night (I’m still a little too afraid to try to sleep in it). And I haven’t had a painful experience with it since that first night.

Anyways, the menstrual cup is a great solution to periods. Once you get used to it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t try it sooner.

Using ‘good’ products will only help your hair look more healthy temporarily. For long term improvement, you need to start looking at the root cause of your slow growth/damage/unhealthy looking hair. Eat foods that feed your hair, use natural products, stay hydrated! Don’t do anything to your hair that you wouldn’t do to a baby’s hair (straighteners/relaxers/harsh chemicals/ tight hairstyles/ rough handling) spend time moisturizing and protecting your hair and you’ll start to see an improvement in the health of your hair in a few weeks.

The best trio for dull/dehydrated/combination skin. Penetrates the pores, washing away impurities and providing calming/anti-inflammatory benefits, leaving your skin smooth, moisturized, and clean.. Ready for the next step, the Nano Gold Energizing cream.
The combination of TATCHA’s anti aging powder and the light exfoliating Bamboo+Hibiscus cream restores and evens out your glowing complexion and is gentle enough for every day exfoliation (recommended at night, to wash away pollutants, makeup, and dead skin cells). Perfect for sensitive skin and even oily complexions that need a break from chemicals and harsh ingredients that strip the skin of moisture.

i’ve started using face masks from Lush and holy cow they are working wonders. i’ve tried ‘cup o coffee’ and ‘mask of magnaminty’ and both are super coarse yet gentle. I used the mint one at night and the coffee one in the morning and when i put on my makeup today, my face was so smooth and my foundation applied seamlessly. even if you don’t wear makeup i suggest trying Lush face products because they’re vegetarian (& sometimes vegan) and they do an amazing job without all the harsh chemicals.

Imagine: After being kidnapped by a recent unsub, you have began taking drugs to numb your memories. Spence catches you in the act.

Your body trembles as you grip a needle in your right hand, pulling the belt fastened securely around your left arm even tighter, causing a few veins to rise to the surface of your skin. Taking a deep breath, you plunge the needle into your arm, placing your thumb on the top of the needle, about to inject the foul mixture of harsh chemicals into your body when you hear a soft voice calling your name. You rip the needle out of your arm, scrambling to your feet in the small bathroom stall. You repeat the same action with your belt, placing it securely around your waist.

“Are you alright?” the gentle voice asks, concern laced in his voice. You flush the toilet behind you, taking a deep breath to steady your breath. 

“Yeah!” you call out, gathering yourself before you unlock the stall. You come face to face with Spencer Reid, a fellow colleague, and friend, of yours. “Uh Spence..” you smile, lightening the mood, “I think you’re in the wrong bathroom." 

"Hotch is ready to give the profile. What are you doing?” he asks, his voice never faltering, “Why are you lying to me?" 

"Lying? About what?” you shrug, stepping past the worried profiler to wash your hands. 

“About being fine.” he states, crossing his arms, “You told me you were fine." 

"I am fine.” you insist, refusing to meet his big brown eyes.

“Please stop lying to me.” he begs you, “Please be honest with me. You can talk to me." 

"I don’t know what you’re talking about." 

"I recognize the signs.” he explains, uncrossing his arms and meeting your eyes once again, “The isolation,the irritation, the lack of colour in your face. You aren’t fine, you’re killing yourself. What are you taking?" 

"Nothing.” you insist, biting your lip nervously and ripping your eyes from his. 

“You’re lying again.” he pouts, “Please talk to me." You contemplate lying to him for a moment, calling him crazy and running out of the room. "I know how you’re feeling right now, trust me, I know. You think that by hurting yourself like this, you will forget about what happened to you. You think that injecting yourself with a combination of chemicals is the only way to reduce the pain. I did too. But it isn’t. I just want you to know that you aren’t alone in this. I’m here for you." 

Your breath hitches in your throat as you peer up at him, teary eyed. His eyes immediately soften as he studies the pain in your once bright eyes. 

"Can you just hold me?” you whimper, a silent tear rolling down your cheek. 

Spencer takes a few steps towards you, wrapping his long arms around your tiny body. You begin to sob into his chest as he rubs your back soothingly. 

“We’ll get through this.” he whispers into your hair as he leans down to kiss you on top of your head, “I promise.”


Emergency sale! 

I got tagged with a lot of bills this month after my bank account was frozen during my trip to Vegas to rescue Luna and Sylar (turns out, banks don’t like spur-of-the-moment road trips to Vegas). So I’m selling off a few of my personal collection pieces, including this amazing home-done taxidermy whitetail doe skin rug. The hide was tanned using primitive traditional methods, so it’s not as supple as a commercial tan, but it’s also devoid of harsh chemical treatments and looks absolutely lovely. The head was mounted by someone who obviously knew a thing or two about the fine art of taxidermy, and their expertise clearly shows in the doe’s soft expression. I got this in an auction from a man in the Midwest, who inherited it and doesn’t know much about it aside from that. 

This is the only rug like this that I have seen, and I was planning on keeping this for the cabin when I move in. But bills obviously take precedent, so I’m letting it go for $400.00 shipped. 

If you’re interested, please contact me directly. This one will not be listed on Etsy.