Do you feel guilty because Beauty make you happy?? Does a day at the spa, a pedicure, a haircut, even a new lip gloss or eye cream make you "glow"? Most women tend to apologize for how happy beauty makes them feel. Somehow, we've gotten the idea that it's shallow to get too excited about beauty. Women get so busy taking care of everyone else that they tend to neglect themselves. When life gets busy, our beauty routines (along with exercise) often are the first things to fall off our to-do lists.
Research at the University of Michigan have found "any activity that nurtures, restores & truly feeds the self can be a valuable form of self-care." These researchers found when we neglect our beauty routines, we also tend to forgo other forms of self-care like exercising, eating well, even our spiritual life. And this may be a sign of a more serious problem. People that suffer from depression tend to neglect their regular grooming habits, but when the depression improves, so do people's grooming habits. This may be a "chicken-and-egg" situation. Taking care of yourself can make you feel more confident & happier. And if you're happier, you're more likely to keep on taking care of yourself.
Your beauty routine won't work as "true" self-care if you're following it only as a result of social pressures about "how" you should look! Research shows that women who exercise for aesthetic reasons are more likely to suffer from anxiety & poor body image than those who exercise because it makes them "feel" good. Remember that blissed-out feeling you get during a great facial or when your hair looks just right from your new conditioning treatment? That's beauty making you happy. And you're entitled! When you are happy you become a "positive" influence to all those around you. And isn't that our real goal, to inspire others to live life to it's fullest with peace & joy. So, don't neglect yourself. Be happy, healthy, and let your light shine as a beacon for others.
Researchers in Israel are developing a new method of making hair look instantly fuller and thicker — without creams, pills, or surgery. The innovative ingredient in the new hairstyling products is magnetic hair fibers, made of rayon, cotton, keratin, nylon, or silica. These fibers have a positive charge, so they’re attracted to strands of hair, which are negatively charged. When you apply a hair product that contains the magnetic fibers, they’re instantly attracted to the negatively charged strands, coating them the way in which a pile of small metal nails would coat a strong magnet. Because the fibers are microscopic, they wouldn’t have the fake look of the currently available “spray-on hair” products. Instead, for those who have very fine or wispy hair, or “peach fuzz,” the fibers would make the individual hairs look thicker and more textured, in the same way that mascara with fibers can “build” volume. The result would be a naturally fuller head of hair, with less noticeable thinning. In addition, the tiny fibers would stay bonded to the hair all day, so you could style your hair normally. One disadvantage? The method wouldn’t be effective in completely bald areas — there has to be enough hair to which the fibers can attach.
As soon as products with these new fibers are available, I'll let you know!