Melanotan “The Tan To Die For”? Or Just A Shot in the Dark?! (Injection tanning).

ImageImageA nice tropic even tan to many is a sign of health and the sure mark of an incredible summer but what if you inject it yourself? No need to go outside or buy expensive tickets to a holiday destination just pick a spot (on your body) and within 10 days (10 injections or fewer they promise) you look like gold! Is it worth it? Many say yes because this is a trend that is growing alarmingly on the internet (jeez you would think it was porn!) mostly made popular in the UK and has many body builders utilizing this phenomenon. It is like a magic pill (or in this case shot or nasal spray) and you don’t have to be out in the sun so it’s great for the sure office tan.

I think there are obvious concerns here that we have to look at. For one when you decide to ingest or in this case inject a hormone into your body there are potential side effects, just look at the warning pamphlets and disclaimers you get with a simple prescription or over the counter drug. Here there are none because there are no clinical trials or anything to base the effectiveness on other than snake-oil sales people on the internet to trust and most are black market people who are good, at only sales and jacking your wallet!

My opinion aside let’s look at what Dermatologists fear because this product is trying to sell its self as a safe alternative to avoid skin cancer (what nerve I swear). That is because you are not then in the natural sunlight so there is less chance of skin cancer exposure. Now, let’s note that lack of vitamin D has been associated with autoimmune deficiency which in turn leaves a person open to disease and natural sunlight in moderation gives you this protective quality, this shot won’t do this. So they give false promises of preventing skin cancer so they” tweek “the truth.

 Dr. Brian Morton, President of AMA (NSW) and contributor of Heart Wise Journal has concerns “We don’t know if it will stimulate melanoma” because this is a melanocyte stimulator (means it revs up your natural defenses in your own skin thus creating a tan) a hormone that activates pigmentation and we don’t know long term effects of this type of stimulation. We have seen in people that have moles there is likely darkening which is often a warning sign for skin cancer. Remember a so called “Healthy Tan” is your bodies way of saying something is wrong and I need protection (too bad it looks so great). Plus there are chances of internal infections and problems at injection sites, no quality control; the list goes on and on!

People will try anything sometimes hence this is why so much “Snake Oil” that is on the internet. It used to be that people would eat a diet of only carrots to overload of Beta Carotene to look tan (yes, too many carrots will in fact turn you orange Bugs!) but too much will also shut your living organs down and kill you too. There are many alternatives that are FDA approved to at least try, lotions, sprays, airbrush etc. don’t fall victim to this craziness or take shots in tImagehe dark. If you are doing this please feel free to post how it works for you and I’d like to see the long term findings! Kattails Down! I’m the Scaredy Kat Here!!

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Cleansing Conditioner (Wen) do we need it?

Cleansing Conditioner (in place of our usual shampoos) seems to be all the buzz lately giving us huge promises of gentle cleansing, healthier looking and feeling hair, does not strip color treated hair.  The list and the promises go on so long it sounds like magic in a little bottle. In many cases a very expensive little bottle if you do the math and purchase from infomercials or shopping networks. But are they worth all of the hype? You know me I’m about performance and looking at the fine print.

The first of this kind to make a big splash in the U.S. was from Stylist Chaz Dean with his hair care product called Wen Hair Care ($29.95 www.wenhaircare.com) . It was big on the television infomercial scene and you could see him present on QVC network shopping as well http://www.qvc.com .  The whole idea of this product is to sell you on the fact that it cleanses without surfactants (cleansing agents) and has basically set the trend to demonize them. When in truth not all cleansing agents are created alike and there is no need to not have them just be sure which type you are using in your shampoos. Again, get familiar with your ingredients list.

So what is in surfactant-free shampoos like Wen? Usually something we call “fatty alcohols” (cetyl alcohol or cetearyl alcohol) and yes, they can be a bit gentler, do clean and can be more moisturizing but might not belong as a main cleansing ingredient in your shampoo depending on your hair type. If you think about it would you use your night cream to wash your face? Probably not! Because the purpose is best used somewhere else right?  These are not effective cleansers for hair that might have a lot of styling products or is just oily, sweaty and dirty! These products are kind of like 2+1 shampoo plus conditioners together and the result might not end up keeping all of the promises made .They might be fine for someone with truly over processed dry hair but you would almost have to be dealing with cotton candy hair for me to buy into it! This is an example of great marketing that will “Rip You Off!” and a lot of your money, as you see it go down the drain.

Don’t think I’m only picking on Wen; L’Oreal recently released a line called Ever Cream ($6.99 www.lorealparisusa.com ) with all of the same promises with a slightly smaller price tag and the same result overtime, flat, coated and not so clean hair. There are more on the market not mentioned but it all adds up Beauties!

There are plenty of surfactants on the market that are gentle and safe for your hair, even if it is color treated. The truth is that sunlight UV exposure (think surfer hair), hard water, heat styling all strip color faster than anything period! Most shampoos designed for color treated hair are safe for everyone.

Read your labels and look out for the sulfates that are the most drying (which many shampoo manufacturers are getting wise to avoid). Here is a few, sodium lauryl sulfate, TEA-lauryl sulfate ,sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate.

So, try not to buy into hype and demand your products to perform. Educate yourself as the consumer because it might be that Dove or Garnier Fructise shampoo is not be such a bad guy after all! Stop Getting Ripped Off!  Kattails Down!

Hair Color Chalking Fun Hot Trend and Easy To Do!

If you are “Hot and Cold” on chemically treating your hair you might opt for this.

If you have been following the recent celebrity hair trends (Katy Perry, Lauren Conrad to name a couple) you might have been seeing a technique called “Hair Chalking”. This is a fun and fairly safe way to experiment with alternative types of colors on your hair but it is temporary and doesn’t include harsh chemicals. It can look flirty and whimsical or bold and feisty. It just depends on how much you add into the hair (It is usually applied in coats with small sections of hair at a time) and how much your hair absorbs the color along with the choice of color you use.

You will need- Rubber gloves, a spray bottle of water, Curling Iron or Straightening Iron depending on the look you are going for I like for this look to use the Remington Wave Iron for “Beachy” looking waves (very on trend this summer),a drape of some kind or wear an old shirt you don’t mind getting color drippings on and most importantly, pastel color chalks from your local arts and crafts store (only about $5.00)

Start by sectioning out a strand of  dry hair that is about 1 inch in diameter, you don’t want to work with large pieces of hair for this because you want to keep good control on the selected strand you are working on, plus the look is more about scattered pieces, this is why it is so fun.

You the soak the strand with your spray bottle only to the length where you want your color to start. Then rub the pastels into your hair and you will see the color layer and become more intense each time you stroke. I recommend choosing about 3 different colors but not going with too many more because if you remember your  childhood water color experiments you might remember ending up with that “Puke” brown and a miss mashed soaking wet paper as your canvas, and we don’t want that on your head!

Now this is where you have to be patient because it is best to let this air dry before you try to style you don’t want to put heat on wet strands and risk burning your hair.

Once it feels dry enough follow with your heated appliance and the reason for this is it kind of seals the color in and you might get a couple days out of the style and color depending on how often you wash your hair.

Then brush or lightly use your fingers to style as usual. I think it looks kind of fun if it still is in waved strands.

Another thing to consider about this process is they type and color of hair you have to start with. This is more difficult to achieve on darker hair (sorry people with dark hair) I’m saying that “Color on top of color creates more color” so the deeper the color the harder it is to see so you may need to have some pre-lightened strands in your hair already that have been done professionally . The colors you choose can then be more visible. It works really well on blonder shades or those that have weaved, highlighted or frosted hair colors.  For dark hair you may enjoy just the subtle effect that you can see in the light, whatever your style it is fairly safe to do.

There are also products out there that might make the process a little easier to maneuver but the colors will cost you more so there will be an investment factor. You might want to try www.haircolorchalk.com (about $12.00 per color or $72.00 for “Royal Sweetie Kit of 7 colors”) and they have simple directions for application to follow.

This is great for a club look or even for Prom for our younger readers; this is a hot trend and it is really a lot of fun to experiment with it’s all about your own creativity and having fun!

The Razors Edge how important is that to you?

I think most people have some sort of love affair with hair removal, somehow some way. Ok well I know we are all on the dime right now and we have to be on the cheap. Razor Pit is unreal, it sharpens even cheap disposable razors to work (what they claim 150 shaves). I look at this, as A great way to recycle, plus we do spend money on blades and replacements, so why not try?
This is called the Razor Blade Sharpener. You kind of grease this device up with your favorite soap or gel then run it backward (against the grain) so it cleans and sharpens your razor. Great in theory, our testers felt that it was great in the beginning but the claims of 150 shaves might be a bit questionable? ( It did make the razor feel like it was close to new but don’t know how long it will really work, depends on your razor needs).
It’s nice it comes in black and pink (which is nice to take to the gym but still have explain what it is), compact and I do feel that it does work. Some of these store bought blades can really cost a lot so having this might be like a Chef knowing how to sharpen the tools of his trade.
I think (now I used very cheap blades and the testers did as well) if you shave a lot and you want to save some cash it might be worth it. It costs a $25.00 investment but over time might be a true investment.
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All eyes on you Sephora and Pantone (The Color Kings)!

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Ok, Sephora you knocked it out of the park this time (Yes, it is still Baseball season Lol!)! With a little help from your friends over at Pantone (yes, the color people) you have created the “too die for” eye shadow pallet.

 This “Shades of Nature Eye Shadow Pallet” with 35 silky shades of color blew me out of the water (since its summer back in the water is more likely), perfect for the summer season but not limited, it can work year round! Thanks to Pantone color key the colors are perfectly balanced and oh so blend able together plus they work on any skin type. Any effect is possible, the feel of a vivid sunset, cool blue waters or bright blooming flowers the possibilities are endless with this beauty treasure. They are silky and feel high quality so you get a smooth effect. They layer well too so no more crusty looking eyes if you need to add a bit darker dimension for nighttime after a long day of wear at work. So, these work well whether you are going for a subdued look or smoky and smoldering. If you can imagine you can do it with the rich and textured colors it is well worth the price ($55.00http://www.sephora.com/shades-of-nature-eyeshadow-palette-P311712?&om_mmc=GoogleBase&_requestid=42976&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=1407055&site=us_search ) So dive in! Kattails up! (We like).