Mar 24, 2014

Hair straighteners

I recently bought a Philips hair straightener for my frizzy little hair.It has a temperature indicator and you can adjust the temperature as per your like.But I color my hair and it can get pretty dry after a hair coloring spell...so whats the ideal temperature for the hair straightener to be , to avoid unnecessary further damage due to ignorance.Found this off a glam site,hope its helpful.

What temperature should my hair straightener be set at?

Even though many hair straighteners can be set as high as 230ºC not many of us should actually be using it that high. Here is a simple guide so that you can select the right temperature setting for your hair.


  • Is your hair fine? Do you bleach, lighten or colour your hair regularly with permanent colours? Has your hair been damaged by perming or chemical straightening treatments? Then your straightener should be set at around 160ºC. You do not want to risk damaging your hair any further by overheating. You will also find by using a lower heat on your hair straightener you will get a smoother result with less frizzy ends.
  • If you have healthy hair, meaning you use good quality shampoo and conditioners appropriate for your hair type, use treatments when necessary, do not over colour your hair and it is a medium texture then you can use your hair straightener at around 190ºC. You are better to use a moderate temperature, take your time when straightening and go over a section when needed then to rush it and damage your hair with too much heat.
  • For those with thick, coarse hair, tight curls and has not been previously damaged by colouring or other chemical treatments then set your hair straightener to 210º-230ºC. If you straighten regularly then don't go as high as 230º.

The best hair straighteners have a temperature control, if your doesn't then you are more than likely straightening your hair too hot. Many of the more expensive straighteners still do not have this feature. 

You should use a heat protective product before you straighten your hair unless you have a straightener that has a negative ionizer. The negative ions help to close the hair cuticle which will make your hair look silky, shiny and healthy.


Puffy Eyes

I have been having puffy tired looking and feeling eyes for a couple of days.Its sleep disturbance,too much heat and maybe less water drinking which has caused this pretty bad looking eyes.SO I did a little research online and found these remedies and I will doing the cucumber ones,once my hubby comes home and we lunch and I'm done washing and cleaning up.Hope this information proves helpful.

Home Remedy Treatments for Puffy Eyes

The home remedies found below, are easy to locate and will relieve you from some of the discomfort caused by puffy eyes.

From the Home Remedies Cupboard


Tea. Green tea or black? Both work well to soothe puffy, irritated eyes. The difference? Not much. Caffeinated teas help constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling, while herbal teas (especially chamomile) contain anti-irritants that soothe redness and inflammation. Steep 2 bags of your choice of tea in hot water for three to five minutes. Let cool until the bags are comfortably warm to the touch. Lie down, close your eyes, and place a tea bag over each eye; then cover with a soft cloth. During hot months, put the cooked tea bags in the refrigerator and apply to eyes when needed for a refreshing, eye-opening experience.

From the Home Remedies Drawer


Spoons. Teaspoon-size spoons are just the right utensils for temporarily helping your eyes reduce to normal proportions. Place 4 or 6 spoons in the refrigerator. When you need to deflate those eyeballs, lie down, close your eyes, and place one spoon (curved side down) on each eye. As the spoon warms, replace it with a cold one from the fridge.

From the Home Remedies Refrigerator


Cucumbers. From the vegetable bin comes the well-known cucumber remedy. Cucumbers aren't only deliciously cool and soothing to the touch, but their astringent properties cause blood vessels to constrict. Lean your head back, rest a slice on each closed eye, and relax for five to ten minutes while the cukes cure your puffiness.
Egg whites. Call this kitchen cure a souffle for the face. Whip up 1 or 2 egg whites until stiff, and apply with a brush or soft cloth underneath your eyes. The skin will feel tighter and look less like puff pastry.
Potato. The common potato also pampers puffy eyes. Tubers are tried and true in European folk medicine as a means to soothe painful joints, headaches, and other inflammatory conditions. Potato starch acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to ease irritated eyes. Start by pretending you're making hash browns. Peel one potato, then wash and dry it. Grate the potato as fine as possible, then instead of frying it up with butter, place the pulp in a clean cloth and fold to make a poultice. Place the poultice on your eyelids for 15 minutes.

From the Home Remedies Sink


Cold water. Eyes seem to puff up on workday mornings when you have 30 minutes to get ready. There's no time to luxuriate with tea bags and cucumber slices --but don't despair. Cold water will work in a pinch. Rise and shine, and rinse your face with several splashes of cold water. This may be a rude awakening, but the coldness will constrict blood vessels and reduce swelling. Plus, it only takes ten seconds. Repeat throughout the day if possible.
Drinking water. Water is the saving grace when it comes to reducing eye puffiness. Be sure you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water each day, and don't substitute sodas, coffees, or sugary drinks. When the body is dehydrated, it acts much like a camel, storing water for the long haul across the desert. Instead of a camel's hump, you'll develop water reserves around the eyeballs. By keeping yourself adequately hydrated, the body isn't put into survival mode and won't puff up in all the wrong places.

From the Home Remedies Spice Rack


Salt. Jumbo fries, pepperoni pizza, and other salt-intense foods can cause puffy eyes. However, salt by itself does the eyes good. Get rid of the puffy eyes by mixing 1/2 teaspoon salt into 1 quart warm water. Dip cotton balls or facial pads into the solution, then lie down and apply pads to the eyelids. Rest in this position for at least ten minutes while keeping the pads in place. You'll arise with deflated eyes.

Do Remember


  • Enjoy a light self-massage, which can help relieve puffy eyes. Close your eyes and gently press your ring finger underneath one eye, moving in an arc shape from the inside corner to the outside corner. Massage 10 to 15 times. Then repeat on the other eye. This is a great massage to do before jumping out of bed.
  • Use two pillows to keep your head elevated while sleeping. Fluid won't accumulate underneath the eyes.
  • DON'T vigorously rub your eyeballs in the morning. Avoid touching them throughout the day.
  • Watch what you wear. Do your eyes puff up midday? For women, beauty products may be the culprit. Many fingernail polishes, hair sprays, and makeup contain formaldehyde, which can cause eyes to swell. Luckily, the fashion industry is wising up and new formaldehyde-free beauty products are hitting the shelves. Use the process of elimination, avoiding each product for one to two weeks, to determine which is causing the blow-up.
  • Give your eyes a break! For every hour you are on the computer, take a five- to ten-minute rest. Stare out the window, close your eyes and meditate, or stroll to the water cooler. While working on the computer, try to look away every few minutes.
  • Keep your bedroom free from dust, pollen, and animal dander. Remove all dust-collecting objects, wash sheets once a week in very hot water, cover the mattress and pillows with dust-mite protective coverings, and bar pets from the bed. During pollen season, wash your hair before hitting the pillow, and use air conditioning instead of opening the window.
  • Use hypoallergenic soaps and fragrance- and color-free detergen.

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