The story behind
Ava Puhi. 🙂 I would like to write about this wonderful plant today. To be very honest… I hadn’t heard its name before I started to work on my website and tried a great shampoo with this ingredient. Maybe it’s changing now but I still often have the same reaction whenever I mention this plant being really good for hair. And this reaction is just looking at me with questions in the eyes. 🙂
This my reason to have a closer look at this wonderful plant and the wonderful story behind…
Fortunately there are still places on Earth where people live together with nature and not from it. Where being perfect, no matter how, is not the most important thing in people’s lives. And still they are perfect. We could learn some things from such people and there are ones who really do. Dr. Paul Alan Cox is the hero of this story. An American ethnobotanist who has spent more than 30 years in Polynesia searching for possible cures for incurable human diseases. The source of his passion was painful: losing his Mother to cancer. While studying the island’s plants he wrote more books and protected the island’s forest as well. He established Seacology Foundation with the aim of protecting the enviroments and cultures of islands all over the world. Well… this webpage is about hair care and Dr. Paul Alan Cox really had a big role in developing my favourite hair care products but I cannot just forget to mention the fact that he had such important works like finding drugs for HIV. The key was Mamala tree and thanks to Dr. Cox’s activity the Samoan Government had a new source of income while the World got a new treatment.
And what does it all have to do with hair care?
Living in Polynesia Dr. Cox realised old ladies with young skin and it lead to the idea of developing beauty care products based on indigenous knowledge. As an important part of this product family he payed his attention to the Ava Puhi Moni anti-dandruff shampoo which contains rainforest ginger. Indigenous tribes squeeze the bulbs of the plant and rub it into their hair. After a light rinse they squeeze some more as a conditioner. They call it Ava Puhi. 🙂 Though it is said to be better to use the plant itself most of us don’t have an access to it so I am really thankfull to Dr. Cox for his amazing work. Now also we can enjoy the benifits of this plant in our home.
Not just taking but giving something back to the Island is another very important part of the story in my oppinion. Thanks to the cooperation of Dr. Cox and the American cosmetics company called NuSkin, The Force for Good Foundation was set up and still operates supporting several projects all around the world. Customers can take part of it by every single purchase on Epoch products. There is a priceless knowledge behind Ava Puhi accumulated generation to generation.
Learn more about this amazing product. Like usual… I am always open to any questions at email@example.com.
Following sources were used to write this post: Nu Skin, Nu Skin about Paul Cox PH.D The Star Online , Pictures: Pixabay, Product pictures: Nu skin (Epoch) (downloaded: 17.07.2018.)
Possible reasons of itchy scalp
There is a problem about head of hair being really very common. It is itchy scalp. I guess all of us already had this experience at least once. As I see in summer it is even more frequent given the heat and the perspiration caused by this weather. Fortunatelly you do not need to accept having itchy scalp because you can do against it. To find the correct and effective solution it is very important to search for the reasons of this symptom.
What can be the reasons of itchy scalp?
Dry skin: In some cases your scalp become drier than usual and you can experience that itchy feeling. It can be caused by various reasons like having not the correct hair care habits (all of us need to find the correct frequency of shampoo for example), hair styling ways (using a hair dryer very often can make your scalp dry) and missing essential vitamins and minerals is also able to bring your scalp in a dry condition.
Dandruff: Dandruff itself may be a reason of itchy scalp. In other cases it can be like a „second step” in a certain process if you do not find a solution for dry skin. I mean dry, itchy skin makes you scratching frequently and scratching may cause tiny damages on your skin which are good for bacteriums to get deeper. These bacteriums may cause even more problems later.
Certain diseases: If you try several products and change your hair care routine but itchy scalp is still not over it is better to see a doctor to find the real reason of the symptom. It may happen that icthy scalp is caused by some skin diseases like inflammation of skin or urticaria. But it is not only about skin. Diabetes or problems with liver, kidneys or thyroid can also be the reason of this frustrating condition although it is more likely to have it not only on scalp but anywhere on your body in such cases.
Allergy, irritation: Having no problems like allergy today doesn’t mean not to have them in future. I am not happy about it but it is true. And that’s why you need to think it through if you had changed some products you use recently or not. Maybe a new hair styling gel or just another kind of washing powder. More and more people face with allergy to flour as well and it can also be a reason.
Some medicines: Itchy scalp or skin can be a side effect of certain medicines. If you take medicines and have such symptoms it is recommended to visit your doctor.
Psychic reason: There are people having problems with itchy scalp who went through all the process to find out what is behind their condition but found nothing. No health issues behind. In such cases psychic reasons or stress may be the answer.
As you see this problem (like most of the problems) is not that simple. As a first step trying a special shampoo , changing hair care habits or taking quality vitamins is good but you cannot stop here if it did not help. Itchy scalp can show some health problems and these symptoms can be worse as months go by so always talk to your doctor for a professional advice.
You may have any questions or feedback… 🙂 do not hesitate to contact me. Use Your Beauty Hair’s contact form or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natural trends for healthier hair
Apple cider vinegar is well known as a salad dressing but there is much more to do with it. Now it is used in skin care and hair care too. Because of the benefits of this natural ingredient it is no more just a home-made treatment but more and more ready to use products contain it as well. Nevertheless I am gonna write about how you can use it at home for shiny and healthier hair.
First let us see what are the benefits of applying it on your head of hair:
- It can balance the natural PH of your hair
- Perfect for clarifying your scalp
- Make your hair shiny
- It can help to detangle your locks
- It can provide a lot of vitamins like Vitamin A and C, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium and many more
I suppose now you would like to know how you can use it to enjoy these benefits. 🙂
The simplest way is to apply 4-5 table spoons of apple cider vinegar all along your hair then rinse it thoroughly. It will make your hair silky and shiny.
If your hair is oily you can mix it with some nettle. If you have the possibility take fresh nettle (1-2 fibers) and pour one litre of boiling water on it. After 30 minutes clarify it and let the „tea” get cool. Mix 4 table spoon of apple cider vinegar with a few dropps of lavender essential oil then pour it into the cool nettle tea. Use this liquid to rinse your hair.
If your hair is dry you can mix apple cider vinegar with some elder-flower. Make 1 litre elder-flower tea just like the nettle tea above (the best is making it from 1-2 fibers of fresh elder-flower) and clarify it after 30 minutes then let it get cool. For this mixture take a few drops of orange essential oil and put it into the apple cider vinegar. After mixing them pour it into the cool elder-flower tea and use this liquid for rinsing your scalp and hair.
Hair loves apple cider vinegar. 🙂 Whether your hair is oily, dry or normal you can enjoy the good effets of this wonderful liquid from nature. If you are the type of person to make as many things by hands as possible you can even try making apple cider vinegar at home. You just need whole apples (yes, even the cores) and sugar to make it. Sugar can be replaced with honey of course but in this case you may experience the procedure of making the vinegar being longer.
If you would like to use quality essential oils feel free to follow this link and do not hesitate to contact me by using Your Beauty Hair’s contact form if you have any questions about this topic or hair care general. 🙂
Be more beautiful during the World Cup
The World Cup still goes on and football fans are on fire all around the world. These weeks the consumption of beer is really high. So the house is full of beer? Take the advantage of it (when your man is busy watchig a Match :-D) because you can use it too.
I am sure your man would not be happy about the idea but beer is really good for your hair and scalp. You can use light beer from any price-range. After your normal procedure of shampooing just pour beer on your hair in small amounts, locks after locks. Leave it on your scalp for 5-10 minutes, just like a hair mask, then rinse your hair thoroughly. You can have good results if you do it one-two times a week.
Why is it good for your hair?
Beer is made of barley, water, hops and yeast. Hops and yeast are the two key ccomponents having a lot of benefits for your head of hair. In case of regular usage they can have a soothing effect on your scalp and can stimulate the growth of your hair too. If you are ready to try it you will experience a shiny, more elastic and more manageable hair. Beer is a very good source of protein and other important nutrients, like magnesium or biotin which can help about hair loss and dandruff too.
Is it ok to mix beer with other natural components?
Yes, it is. Making the perfect mixture for yourself depends on your hair.
- Adding a few dropps of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice can help about oily hair.
- Adding an egg can make your hair even stronger if you leave the mixture on your hair at least 15-20 minutes.
- Avocado and honey with beer is perfect for deep conditioning
Of course I can understand if you (or your partner) think it is kind of sacrilege…pouring beer on your hair instead of drinking it. ;-P so if would like to keep the piece between you and your partner or just love beer more than just pouring it out you can still try this hair mask to make your hair shiny and manageable. In case of having some qusetions feel free to make a comment or contact me on Your Beauty Hair’s contact form or at email@example.com.
Have fun and enjoy the World Cup! …and the beer 😀
Quality products and even more
People say when somebody gets rich the person usually forgets about the poor ones. Not only a person but the companies too. It does not need to happen. Today I would like to make an irregular post by writting about a company as a proof of the fact that money does not kill solidarity in all case. This company has offered quality products (including my favourite hair care products :-)) to the customers for more than thirty years now. It is registered on the New York Stock Exchange and gives the possibility of reaching financial freedom for more and more people day after day but for me their unique concept, called Nourish the Children, is the most creditable.
The programme was launched in 1998 and only five years later the company reached donating 100 million meals with the help of its distributors, employees and customers. The aim is providing nourishing food instead of money. This solution can give much more than a meal. Families send their children to school given VitaMeal is distributed through school programmes. To create an economic opportunity for the locals there are VitaMeal plants in Malawi and Mainland China. It means reduced transportation costs and boosted local economies.
The formula of this meal was developed especially for malnourished children.
- A balance of carbohydrates, protein, fat and fibre
- Essential fatty acids required for normal brain development, skin health and immune deffence
- Electrolytes necessary for maintaining normal fluid balance and muscle function
- 25 essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A for normal sight and immune functions as well as nutrients for normal growth and skeletal development
Joining the programme you can take part of helping to the children being in need most. And VitaMeal is not the only one way of helping because some proceeds from it goes to Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation which works on funding agricultural education in Malawi. Increasing farm production may opens the door to less and less need for assistance in that region.
The distributors who want to donate a certain amount of meals every single month and encourage their first level to do the same can become a Nourish the Children (NTC) Ambassador. A company providing quality products all over the world, gaining awards year after year… and still focus on helping others? Yes. This is Nu Skin.
If you want to know more pieces of information about how this company tries to help to children in need feel free to visit the company’s page by clicking here. In case you would be happy to take part of it do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or use Your Beauty Hair’s contact form.
Information and pictures in this post are from the orignal page of Nu Skin: https://www.nuskin.com/en_GB/home.html. Downloaded on 01.07.2018.