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What is Biotin and is it Good for Hair?

Also known as vitamin H, biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that help the body convert food into energy. The word biotin derives from the ancient Greek word “biotos,” which means “life” or “sustenance.” B vitamins, and specifically biotin, help keep your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy.

Most people get the biotin they need from eating a healthy diet, but there have been many claims that getting more biotin can regulate your blood sugar, promote healthy hair, skin and nails, and help pregnant moms have healthier babies. How much biotin is enough, where can you get it, and what can it really do for you? Between 30 and 100 mcg per day of biotin is what we would recommend for adolescents and adults.

Cut Out The Sodium!

Your sodium intake should only be ideally one teaspoon a day, but with the types of food the average person eats, the majority are horrifically over their recommended sodium intake.

When selecting foods to eat, choose fruit and vegetables as much as possible as they are low in sodium content. This is the same for canned and frozen fruits/vegetables also. Try and eat fresh meats over packaged meats. Packaged meats contain more sodium, and of course… Fresh is always better!

If you are worried about your sodium intake, check food labels when doing your weekly shop. Manufacturers are legally required to let you know exactly how much of what, you are consuming. Anything labelled in red basically means it contains over the daily recommended amount.

Face Masks – Do It Yourself!

Why would you want to spend £5+ on a store purchased face mask, when you can spend less on the ingredients, have fun and make it yourself? Below are two of our favourites.

Banana and Honey Face Masks: That’s right! You can use a banana as an all-natural, homemade facial mask that moisturizes your skin and leaves it looking and feeling softer. To make the face mask mash up a medium-sized ripe banana into a smooth paste and mix it with 1/4 cup of plain yoghurt and 2 tablespoons of honey, then apply it to your face and neck (if necessary). Let it set for 10 to 20 minutes, then rinse it off with cold water.

Coffee Face Mask: The coffee face mask is a classic for injecting life into a dull, tired complexion. While the mask will remind you of your morning cup of coffee it will brighten your complexion and tighten your skin, revealing a youthful you. To make: In your bowl, mix 1/2 cup of finely ground coffee beans with 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. Add in 1 cup of milk, stir until it creates a paste. For a thicker paste, use less milk. Fold 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and honey. Apply to skin and let dry (up to 20 minutes). Then rinse.

How to Find the Right Hair Clipper

Here are a few things you should go through a few things to think about when purchasing your own set of clippers. You can save yourself a lot of time, money and energy (possibly even make yourself some money but cutting friends hair too) by getting yourself a set of professional clippers.

Its worth mentioning that all clipper systems are different, you should do some research on the brand, its motor speed, ease of clean, warranty length and how close the shave actually is. You should also look up maintenance and best practices to get your desired hair style.

Pay attention to the types of accessories that are supplied with your clippers because it gives you a level of creative freedom and more specific measurements when trying to trim your hair or beard. A clipper set with multiple guards is great if you’re trying to get the more outlandish styles.

Hair Gel vs Hair Wax – Which Is Better?

Two products which are used to style hair, but the debate still goes on… Which is better – hair gel or hair wax?

Hair gel is useful for creating volume in certain styles and also for stopping frizz and flattening hair. Wax is perfect for showing off texture and creating spikes in short hair. You can also continue manipulating the hair until you remove the product.

The limitation of gel is that it’s most effective when applying into wet hair, but you have to be weary of too much gel in your hair as it may have a crusty finish. Wax’s limitation is that it should only really be used on dry/slightly damp hair. If you use it on wet hair, it doesn’t really stick meaning it won’t style too well. Removal of both is a simple hair wash.

Overall the easier of the two to use is wax as it means your hair can be styled whilst dry. Although if you have thick hair, then you may have to use hair gel.