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MARK’S FIRE CIDER TONIC

Everyone seems to be in the know about Fire Cider. If you’re not, it’s time you are! My husband Mark made his first of many batches last Fall and has experimented with a bunch of different ingredient combo’s. I’m sharing his best recipe for this amazing elixir. Drink 1 to 2 tablespoons daily to protect you this flu season or when you feel a cold coming on. I suggest using USDA Organic Bragg’s ACV.

Combine in a Quart sized jar:

  • juice of 2 lemons plus zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped ginger root
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • seeds from 1 pomegranate
  • 2 tbls horseradish
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup diced turmuric

Pour in ACV to cover combined ingredients completely. Seal tightly and let cure in a dark cabinet for 2-3 weeks. If using a metal jar lid, line the lid with wax paper to prevent corrosion. When ready, strain liquid with cheesecloth into a bottle or jar, add honey to taste and refrigerate.


Juju Salon provides healthy hair tonic made from Apple Cider Vinegar

GOOD JUJU ACV HAIR TONIC
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used as a potent cure-all for centuries. For your hair too! Fight brassiness, frizz, dry, lack-luster locks with this easy recipe.

Combine 1 part ACV with 2 parts warm water in an old shampoo bottle. Wet hair and shampoo once. Towel dry and apply ACV hair tonic throughout. Let sit for a few minutes working in though strands. Rinse thoroughly and condition. Use weekly for best results!


Want more health, wellness & beauty? Check out juju’s hair services for more ways to keep your hair looking and feeling it’s best.

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What’s the right time in our lives to change our hair style?  What styles age us vs. what looks say, ” No way! You’re not possibly that age!”

Having just turned 50 and having long-time clients who are aging with me, has made this issue a hot topic of concern.  Remember, we want Father Time to be very, very kind!

Here are 3 tips that I share with my clients:

1. Your hair cut should reflect your lifestyle.  Are you a retired, empty nester who is expanding her yogic training, pruning the Community Garden or volunteering at the local shelter?  A former polished Corporate ‘do’ will no longer work for new found endeavors on the mat, pulling weeds or walking the pups. Switch out the polished put-together style with something more textured and less structured. Most times, long locks, though easy to throw in a pony tail, signify youth and everything that goes with it!

2. Calm down your color.  If you were a ‘dye’ hard highlighter, try softening your look with an all over softer blonde adding just a few highlights. Dark raven locks are too harsh and it makes it very hard to go too long between root touch-ups.  The skunk stripe down your part is not an ageless look.  Start transitioning to a medium or lighter brown and switching to a demi-permanant dye which will add dimension. Bold reds will now look fake and take on a garish tone.  Redheads should consider adding a touch of golden brown to achieve a much more realistic look.

3. Show off your gray. There are a few lucky ladies with the perfect, enviable silver.  Talk to your stylist about how you can show off your gray with panache.  Silver glosses, adding ‘pepper’ lowlights, wearing a cut that accentuates the grey will move you into the Silver Fox category.

 

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A quick check at our reflections in the mirror in wintry February, may cause some of us to take pause: chapped lips, dry dull hair, sallow complexion.  Basically, an overall look of mid-winter blah!  Here are some ideas from juju‘s Makeup artist Adrian Novak, that can take your face from frosty to fresh in just minutes.

Stay Hydrated!   –  Winter is beautiful but it can dry out your skin. Make sure you’re drinking enough water and regularly using moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated and soft.

Get the Red Out!  –  Counteract the pink patchiness that winter sometimes brings with a green tinted primer. The primer preps your skin for smooth foundation coverage and green cancels out red to even your tone.

The More the Merrier!  –  Stick to hydrating liquid or cream foundations. Same goes for blushes and bronzers. They offer an extra boost of moisture to keep your skin happy throughout the day.

Sugar Kisses!  –  Rub a small amount of coconut oil over your lips. Take a pinch of brown sugar and gently massage into your lips with circular motions. An easy (and delicious!) way to exfoliate and soften that sweet pout.

Shine On!  –  Top off a soft neutral eyeshadow with a small pop of shimmery gold, silver or copper in the inner corners of your eyes. Pair this look with some clear lip gloss for instant face brightening!

Get Glowing!  –  Gently dab a liquid or cream highlighter along the tops of your cheekbones, just under your eyes. Blend out the edges to add dimension and glow to your look.

Big Girls Don’t Cry!  –  Except when the cold winter wind blows in my face – then I cry like a baby! Be sure to use waterproof mascara and eyeliner to avoid teary-eyed messes.

Ready! SET! Go!  –  Add staying power and avoid smudges on your scarves by setting your makeup with light layer of translucent powder.

Smile!  –  You are beautiful!

 
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Put Your Best Face Forward For The Holidays!

Up next in our series of Free “Hands-On and How-To” Natural Beauty Workshops:
Make-up Makeovers!
Join us Tuesday, December 6 at 6:30
This class is FREE, but space is limited

Here’s your chance to hone your makeup skills with pro tips and easy hacks… This class, led by resident Make-up Artist Adrian Novak, will teach you how to achieve the look you want: Holiday Party Glam, Professionally Polished or Daytime Natural.

Attendees will receive
10% off all 100% Pure Makeup
Register Now! Call 215-238-6080

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We Couldn’t Have Made It Without YOU!
Thanks for 11 Years of Organic Beauty in Philadelphia.

In honor of this celebration, we’ve got a present for you: 11% off all products and services for the month of October! Be sure to pick up your favorite product or book an appointment for salon services before the month is over.

 

 

 

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Only 3?  It was hard narrowing down my list of Why You Should Be Using Organic & Natural Hair Care Products Exclusively.  I talk to all of my clients about the benefits of making the organic switch.  In a nutshell: it’s safer, it’s healthier and it’s sexier!

1. Organic Hair Styling Products can correct, fight and fix dry, frizzy hair.  Look for products that contain SHEA BUTTER, ALOE and JOJOBA. Did you know that many smoothing and anti-frizz products actually contain ingredients that over time will cause dryness and frizz?  It’s true. Watch out for -TOLUENOL; BENZENEMETHANOL; PETROLEUM; BENZYLIC ALCOHOL; PHENYLCARBINOL; PHENYLMETHANOL; PHENYLMETHYL ALCOHOL; ALPHA-HYDROXYTOLUENE; ALPHA-TOLUENOL, BENZAL ALCOHOL and BENZENECARBINOL

John masters at juju salon2. Cost Effective.  Natural, Organic Hair Care Product costs are comparable to conventional salon exclusive products. The Organic Win?  Quality natural hair care shampoos, conditioners and styling products are packed with plant based ingredients and are light on water.  Therefore, less product is needed!  Conventional salon products are loaded with cheap, synthetic additives that literally fill the bottle and offer no utilitarian value. Some of the synthetic fillers to steer clear of: petroleum derived PROPYLENE GLYCOL and PARAFFIN.

juju salon beauty products3. The Scents are Safe & Sound.  Certified Organic products cannot legally contain dangerous synthetic fragrances.  Steer clear of any product that lists ‘Fragrance’ as one of the ingredients.  The chemical cocktail of synthetic fragrances is usually made from petroleum and hormone disrupting Phthalates.  Look instead for scents that are naturally derived or plant-based.

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Ciao Bella! Curly cut by Julie
Ciao Bella! Curly cut by Julie

Struggling with Curls? How can you have the best curly hair possible? Here are the Top 2 Best Selling juju Products that you MUST try for Beautiful Curly Hair everyday.

Innersense’s Quiet Calm Curl Control Quite possibly the best hair product you’ve ever smelled! Best for Fine to Slightly Coarse hair and all curl patterns. Organic shea butter and orange oil combine to moisturize, define and intensify curls and waves. Organic wheatgrass and natural proteins smooth the cuticle, improve elasticity and enhance curl strength.

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Neuma’s Organic Style Texturizer Yarrow, Green Tea and Ylang Ylang infuse this texturizer with a sophisticated scent.  We recommend this paste for Medium to Coarse textured hair. Apply wet through your curls, then shape, mold and go.  A spritz of water on dry hair will reactivate its de-frizz powers! Bonus: Adds separation with a natural shine.neuma texturizer


Be beautiful, naturally….xo juju

 

 

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It’s the New Year and many of us are feeling the pain of our evil Holiday ways.  And when I say Holiday, I mean the time between raiding your child’s Halloween booty to nursing a New Year’s hang-over with greasy fries and the hair-of-the-dog. That’s easily 8-9 weeks of turning a blind eye to the fact that over-eating and drinking lead to weight gain, bloating and feeling like that dead Christmas tree you just dragged to the curb.

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MELISSA IN MOTION

When you’re the one that takes care of everyone else in your life and never gets around to taking care of yourself, try Motion by Melissa.

Melissa Weinberg’s mantra is “a body in motion stays in motion.” This certified personal trainer and former Junior Olympian rhythmic gymnast’s Find Your Motion Package is designed to help you discover the type of fitness and wellness lifestyle that will keep you on the path of motion for the long-term. It consists of one 60-minute wellness coaching session to set your optimal wellness in motion and ten 60-minute personal training sessions, incorporating a fusion of methods (strength training, cardio, Pilates, barre, yoga, etc.) customized to your unique needs, body, preferences, and motion. Mention this article and receive 10% off the package. www.motionmelissa.com

9687361310_159d012029_bMEDITATION

When your only stress-busters are eating, shopping, drinking and binging on early episodes of The Gilmore Girls, try Meditation Classes with George Hofmann.

Queen Village meditation teacher George Hoffman, believes that “Meditation is about awareness and focus as much as it is about quiet.” George, a student of Jon Kabot-Zinn,
will be teaching a stress-busting, four-week Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation starting February 2nd at Mama’s Wellness Joint, 11th and Pine Streets. ‘Practice’ makes perfect? No! Practice makes a Practice and one of George’s goals is for you to find a method of meditation that you can take home and practice regularly. www.mamaswellnessjoint.com ($75 for the 4 class series)

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RUN FOR HELP

When your New Year’s Resolutions include both getting in shape and volunteering, try Students Run Philly Style

Lace up your running shoes and be prepared for some hard training and a rewarding experience.  Students Run Philly Style is a local non-profit whose mission is to invest in our youth’s long term well-being by building resilience through distance running. Volunteers provide adult mentorship and help motivate and train students for major area races, like the Broad Street Run.  What if you were able to train for and complete the Philadelphia Marathon and at the same time, provide much needed support, leadership and attention to our city’s youth? Sign up and find out how! www.studentsrunphilly.org
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INNER/OUTER HEALTH

When you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, go see Dr. Orimenko at Live Well Holistic Health Center.

Refreshed and renewed vs. aches and pains you’ve learned to live with? Pick the first by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Martin Orimenko’s at his Wellness Center in Ardmore.  Dr. Martin, a Naturopath, Nutritionist and Holistic Chiropractor customizes a dietary and natural supplement based cleanse program to improve your digestion, increase your energy and boost your metabolism.  For the long-term healing process, Dr. Martin combines a number of therapeutic modalities (including gentle chiropractic, kiniesiology, ayurveda, and acupressure) to accelerate your healing and to optimize your health. First-time consultation is free. Live Well Holistic Health is located at16 East Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore. www.livewellholistichealth.com
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YOGA POWER

When you’ve fallen off your mat because you’re not inspired by your Yoga practice anymore, try Ashtanga classes at Roots Philly Yoga.

Maybe it’s time to look beyond the 4 corners of your yoga mat. Check out Roots Philly Yoga for a total body workout that will bring your body, mind and even your spirit back to balance. Roots’ signature Ashtanga-Vinyasa yoga style is accessible for beginners, and challenging for the advanced practitioner all at the same time. RPY offers a variety of class times and is reasonably priced. Your purse strings and your hamstrings will thank you! New Student special: 3 classes for $25 or $99 for 2 months unlimited yoga when you become an annual member. Roots Philly Yoga is located at 925 Spring Garden Street.  www.rootsphillyyoga.com

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BLOW DRYING TIPS FROM juju’s Senior Stylist, Claire Day

You must see how Claire’s clients exit the salon after an hour or two in her chair.  Here’s how she does it:

Product Choose a product that reduces frizz, adds volume and makes the hair cuticle shiny and smooth. Neuma Smoothing Cream or Innersense’s iCreate Volume are perfect for either smoothing and promoting curl or creating extra lift and body.
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Timing Rough dry until 75 percent dry before you start using your round or paddle brush.  Styling with a brush when the hair is too wet is not only ineffective, it could break the hair!

Tools Invest in a good brush from brands like Spornette and Mason Pearson. Round brush size is key when blow drying hair! The bigger the brush the straighter the hair will be. Keep in mind if your hair is short you should stick with smaller brushes. Bigger round brushes are for longer hair. A medium sized brush will give a nice bend on your ends and a little lift at the root. If you have long hair and use a small round brush you are likely to get it stuck in you hair or tangled easily! Make sure to keep you sections nice and neat to avoid knots and tangles.

Technique  Section your hair when it is at the 75% dry stage. Get yourself nice, sturdy, (and don’t forget cute) clips that will hold all your hair as you divide it into sections to avoid frizz and frustration. Make sure to keep you sections nice and neat to avoid knots and tangles.

Here’s how to section and clip.  First section: bottom of ear to to top of ear. Second section: top of ear to eye level. Third section: temple to temple. And last section is crown of the head to the temple section you just clipped (like a Mohawk). Blow dry last section all back for lift and volume with out a part. If you hair is really long bring the section and brush toward you. Each section can be split into two depending on head shape and amount of hair. Front should be blow dried forward and in the opposite direction of your part for extra lift! Remember to take your time and practice makes perfect!

Clairejujusalon-3Insider Tip Make sure you have a concentrator nozzle attached to your blow dryer.  Hold dryer face downward on the round brush to avoid frizz. Lift brush at the root and point downward for mid shaft and ends. After section is dry on the brush hold it there for 20 seconds to allow the hair to cool on the brush.  Gently pull the brush from the cooled hair to give it a little extra body and finish. Remember to invest in a quality blow dryer.  It’s worth spending the money.  Professional blow dryers lasts forever, dry the hair quicker and reduce frizz.

Finishing Use a medium hold finishing spray like Innersense’s Natural Hold and your done! Voila, the perfect Blow-out!

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I always feel like Fall is the start of the New Year because big changes occur: hot to cold weather, our color palette goes from light and bright to warm and cozy, sandals move to the back of the closet, you get the idea.  The January New Year just doesn’t make sense to me because it lacks the sensory transition that is the hallmark of Fall.

My style and beauty regimes also do a 360 starting in September.  I am saying goodbye to pastel nail polishes, suntans and beachy hair styles.  It’s time for the richness of the season!

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NAILS Zoya’s Fall Collection is all about deep pigments and color saturation that make a dramatic statement. Sage, slate gray and purple and turmeric are the hot colors for Fall/Winter.  Look like you own this new trend when you pull your hands from your gloves this season. Zoya is the only polish we stock at juju: 5-free, non-toxic, low fumes and great colors.


 

 

HAIR Fall/Winter 2015’s “it” color is Turmeric. Turmeric’s autumn tones for hair color are great because you can turn up the tone or blend in its hues to your hair depending on the look you’re going for.

50 Shades of Red by JulieTurmeric hair color could be a golden, copper, chestnut or henna’d tone.  Try an all over color or a turmeric tinged balyage.

Laurie, on the left, has a coppery base with golden hi-lites.  Voila! On trend and beautiful.


whipped_eucalyptus_grandeBODY Here’s what Fall and Winter try to do to undermine your skin: Dry indoor heating, cold windy weather and dark dreary days equals scaly, dry and lack-luster.  100% Pure’s Body Butters to the rescue.  Start using them now so you never miss a beat when the cold weather hits.   I love 100% Pure’s rich and creamy Eucalyptus Body Butter: warming, moisturizing and healing.

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I cannot tell you how many At-Home Color Mistakes we fix and tweak at the salon.  Though there’s a few that can get it right at home, most clients’ results are undermined by lack of knowing the in’s and out’s of color selection and application.

Here are 5 Common Mistakes When Coloring Your Hair At Home:

If anything on this list resonates with you, talk to us!  Everyone is cost conscious, we get it.  However, the average client who colors his or her hair professionally spends no more than $1.75 to $2.25 a day! That’s less than your morning take-out latte.  (Yes, I did the math!)

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Color perfect at juju!

Having your hair professionally dyed assures that your hair and hair color will be beautiful, radiant and healthy!

1. Thinking that  ‘semi-permanent’ hair dye is ‘non-permanent’. For the most part, all hair dyes are permanent. Even though the color may fade with this color and the gray may become translucent, the color itself continues to coat the shaft of the hair. This effects the outcome of the next color application because the residual color is literally still ‘on’ the hair.


2. Dying all of the hair with every application. Many women think that in
addition to dying their gray roots, they need to ‘pull’ the color through
to the hair’s ends. Over time, the hair gets darker and darker with each
layer of application making the overall effect uneven: light and bright at
the roots and dark and ‘fake’ looking from mid-shaft to ends.

3. Selecting the wrong tone. So many of the advertised tones in boxed dyes
are extreme. Women select ‘gold’ and end up with orange casts; ‘ash’ makes
the color too dark; ‘neutral’ just doesn’t exist. Professional colorists
know that the desired end-result tone is usually a combination of tones and
colors. To achieve this at home, one would have to buy a few boxes and
know just how to mix correctly.

4. Missing spots. Applying color to your own hair with a bottle
practically guarantees uneven coverage. This usually occurs at the crown
an below the occipital bone. This is most noticeable on women who are trying to go lighter
in shade and/or blonde.

5. Choosing boxed color that contains ammonia or worse. The ingredients in over-the-counter are questionable and harsh, and leave the hair in a compromised condition. Most contain ammonia, resorcinol, PPD’s and produce noxious fumes.  Salons like ours only offer color services with dyes that contain none of these toxic ingredients.  Have you visited our fume-free salon? 

Really think about it before you buy the box.  It’s a mess, it’s a hassle and most likely, it won’t make you look your best!

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haircutmaColor fact: Stylists refer to ‘Champagne’ as a pale, straw-colored hue because of the light blonde color of today’s brut. But in fact, the original color of ‘vin mousseux’ or sparkling wine was brownish pink from the brandy and sugar syrup added to the wine. Salut! Veuve Clicquot is my favorite for celebrating with friends and for quiet nights with my husband.


facebookAnother Color Fact: Veuve Cliquot’s famous orange, or is it yellow (a controversial back and forth) label is legendary.  The Maison Veuve Cliquot has attempted to trademark its signature label color and has sued an Italian Sparkling Wine maker for using a similar label color.  It is rumored that the color of VC’s label was meant to be the same color as an egg yolk!

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SUNWARRIOR, A HAND’S DOWN, PROTEIN SHAKE WINNER!

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A few weeks ago, Sunwarrior sent me a collection of its raw, all natural, vegan protein shakes and ‘boosters*” to try out.  Here’s what I found.


I am a seasoned veteran of protein shakes, smoothies and juicing.  My considerations when putting together the perfect shake in order of importance are: taste, ingredients and performance.  No, scratch that, it’s nutrition, low carb and quick prep time.  Or is it low-carb, quick prep time and high protein?

warrior-blendEqually important is the need for a shake that can fuel a workout, a packed work schedule and a very, very long day.  When I’m crunched for time, protein smoothies are a boon.

I exercise 5 days a week, I’m Vegan, and I’m over scheduled: kids, own a business, and manage a  busy household.  I’m also creeping toward 50 with a slowed-down metabolism and a penchant for insulin resistance.  After some recent blood work, my doctor recommended lower carb meals. Meals with high protein and low-carbs can be tricky for Vegans.

The protein in Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend is derived from peas, raw cranberry and raw hemp and with a low carb count of 2g’s and 19g’s of protein per serving. Sunwarrior has a system of products that can be used alone or can be added to one another to create your perfect nutritional cocktail*. Their full line of offerings are also gluten free, non GMO and soy free.  Worth noting, raw cranberry is known to reduce cellulite.  Just saying!


 

maxresdefaultI started this morning, post-workout, with a Vanilla Warrior Blend shake with unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds, frozen blackberries and a hit of the Activated Sprouted Bio-Fermented Barley Powder Booster.  I was staring down a 7 hour stretch of back to back clients and knew that lunch may or may not be on the horizon.  I wanted to see if Sunwarrior’s Barley powder was in fact, “The Ultimate Slow Burning Carb.”


 

Happy to say, my energy and mood remained high, and I didn’t feel hungry, even though I wasn’t able to stop for lunch until a good 6 hours later.

I’m giving it a high mark for taste: not chalky but smooth, like an actual milk-shake.  It’s quite yummy AND my 2 girls loved the chocolate shake even though it’s ‘healthy,’ God forbid!

* Sunwarrior’s Boosters include: Liquid Light – Pulvic Acid; Immune Shield; Activated Barley and Vitamin Mineral Rush

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So many of our clients at juju are vexed by the frizz. The key to de-frizzing is two-fold, nourishing and re-hydrating the hair coupled with the right products.

HERE ARE MY GO-TO PRODUCTS THAT REALLY WORK!

Start with a DRY SHAMPOO. Over shampooing will dry out the hair, and dry hair, especially on curly girls, will cause The Dreaded Frizz.

I recommend shampooing no more than 3 times a week and using a dry shampoo on off days.  Just sprinkle if it’s in powder form or spray for liquid form, a small amount at the hairline and crown, and work through from roots to ends.  Cocoa Tinted Dry Shampoo by Sevi is a best seller at my salon.

 

hamadiLEAVE-IN CONDITIONERS are great for long lasting frizz and fly-away control and can also act as a styling product. Apply leave-in conditioner on towel dried hair, mid-shaft to ends. My clients and I love Hamadi’s Shea Leave-in Conditioner. It’s perfect for those who like to air-dry their hair.

Note: watch out for de-frizzing curl cremes that contain petroleum derived silicones for shine.  After time, this ingredient will dry out the hair and make your frizz worse!

mgaALOE BASED STYLING GELS

Aloe not only moisturizes the hair, reducing frizz potential, it provides hold and style.  Apply to towel dried hair, midshaft to ends. Try mixing it with your leave-in conditioner for extra thick or frizz-prone hair. I like MGA’s Styling Gel because of its lightness and versatility.

Pure Aloe helps the hair retain water and moisture, re-balances pH levels in the hair and scalp and promotes hair growth!

 

 

pomadeFINISHING POMADE  Dab a very small amount of a finishing paste or pomade on dried and styled hair to reduce frizz’s ‘Halo effect.’ John Masters Organics’ Pomade with olive and castor oils, really fights frizz and can be used on all hair types.

Make sure you look for the USDA Certified Organic Label and show your support for organic farms and processors.

 

All photos juju salon & organics

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In The Emerald City, Sustainability Is Second Nature

I just returned from a quick vacation in Jet City, as they also call it, where I visited a good friend and native Seattlelite.  Jen did a stint in Philadelphia: Law School, law firm, then high-tailed it out of here and back to Seattle as soon as she could.  Who could blame her, it’s a gorgeous and breathtaking city.  Waterways everywhere, great restaurants, a dozen neighborhoods with charm and character, the REI flagship store…

Seattle is now in a statewide drought emergency.  And, abnormally high temperatures have only made the problem worse.

Yet, I saw lots of ‘greening’ in that town. It’s a city where long-standing sustainable practices are a way of life.  Here are 5 examples that really stood out.

Bicycles Between all the bikes, waterways and legalized marijuana, you might think you’re in Amsterdam!  Seattle launched its bike share program earlier this year and almost everyone has a commuter bike it seems.  There’s designated bike lanes, bike paths and there’s too many bike shops to count.

canComposting In 2014, Seattle passed a mandatory Composting Ordinance wherein homes and businesses can no longer put food items in the trash.  Did you know that 33 million tons of food makes its way into landfill each year? “Every ton of food wasted results in 3.8 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.” endfoodwastenow.org. You can see why my friend says they take this very seriously, policing and ticketing without a second thought. In addition, only 2 bags of regular garbage is allowed per household per week.

playgroundParks and Recreation Seattle boasts 400 parks and open areas for sport, entertainment and good old picnics! For a city known for its rainy days and chilly months, there’s certainly a lot of outdoor activity going on.

Grasscycling Yep.  Nothing escapes this city’s composting craze.  Not even the blades of grass! Recycled grass turns into natural fertilizer.  Homeowners use modern mulching lawn mowers and the city utilizes massive mulching techniques to keep those 400 parks thriving.  Sustainable reasons for promoting this practice include reducing the need for pesticides, as grass is a natural fertilizer, and cutting back on the growing grass’s watering needs.

seattle-bag-banNo Plastic Bags Allowed I love this law!  Why oh why don’t we do this in Philadelphia? Seattle’s plastic bag ban was enacted in 2012.  In addition, retail stores must charge 5 cents for every fully recycled paper bag they give to you.  This prohibition makes so much sense and hopefully other ‘one-use’ items will follow suit.

Have you visited Seattle and noticed its progressive and sustainable ways?  Let me know your 5 if I haven’t highlighted them here!

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20120213_juju_0276I for one am tired of the hard-line, all or nothing approach to losing weight.  It can be so restrictive and painful.  It’s easy to give up when all you’re hearing about is another fruit you should never eat, or a new superfood you must eat, or calorie restriction, or insulin resistance, etc.  The maxims of this regime suck!

Try these easy, simple and unique things that may just give you a gentle nudge in your weight loss journey:


 Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Oil has been shown to suppress cravings and reduce appetite.  Before a meal, drink a tall glass of water with a few drops of peppermint oil.  My pick is peppermint oil infused seltzer water with a meal to help me feel full and avoid the temptation to overeat.


 Meditate

Meditation can positively affect your body’s basal metabolic rate (BMR), can help with hormonal re-balancing and can create a healthy awareness of your food intake,  food choices and food habits.  Sattva is a great app that helps you get and stay on track with a daily meditation practice.


 Morning Sunlight 

A study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that three-quarters of Americans are vitamin-D deficient. D deficiency can cause weight gain. It’s nearly impossible to get enough of this vitamin from food alone.  Sunshine and Supplements are in order!  Enjoy the sun with a quick paced 10 minute early morning walk.  UV rays are lowest when the sun is rising, so this may be the safest time of the day for your ‘sun bath.’  But remember that aside from these few minutes a day, sunscreen should be worn whenever you’re going to be in the sun.   I use Thorne FX’s Vitamin D Supplement for additional protection.


 

 

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move2(b&w)[2]We all want to look and feel out best, right?  We exercise, primp and polish, but often fall short of the mark.  Are ‘bad habits’ getting our way?  Do we avoid ‘good habits’ because they seem boring or just a pain in the ass to do?  I love this sentiment by Seth Godin:

“Habits are great when they help us get what we want. Bad habits, on the other hand, are bad because the shortcut that satisfies us in the moment gets in the way of our long term goals.”

I’ve given this a lot of thought over the years as I get older.  There are a dozen things I should be doing daily to help me feel and look my best, but bad habits are hard to break and good habits are easily forgotten or set aside. Like Seth says, it’s easy to be bad and seemingly hard to be good.

It’s much easier to tackle a few items at a time, so I thought it a good idea to put forth 4 Good Habits  that  I believe are easy to remember, easy to start doing right away and easy to stick to.

1. Moisturize your skin always, no matter what.  After your morning shower and before bed are the easiest time to perform this ritual.  Legs, arms, face and all over.  There are so many benefits to massaging in a moisturizer suitable for your skin type, body area and season.  For summer I’m using Starflower Essential’s rich and nourishing Rose Chamomile Intensive Moisturizer on my face for day and night coverage.

2. Find an exercise routine you like and stick to it.  Religiously, purposefully, moderately, frequently.  I go to an exercise class, the Lithe Method,  4-5 times a week, yoga once a week and walk my dog 2-3 times a day.  I can’t imagine how lousy I would feel if I didn’t.  For me, I usually look forward to sweating it out, jumping around, and getting outside.  I know I’ll feel better when it’s over.  But, when I’m dreading the thought of getting on that mat, I remember that it’s only an hour or two long, it WILL end, and by then, I’ll feel terrific! Classes with great music, great instructors and friendly people motivate me, not to mention the money spent on monthly memberships.  What motivates you?  Find out and act on your findings.

3. Meditate and Journal. I’m lumping these together because I’ve found that their practice and benefits are so similar. And no, as I promised earlier that I would put forth ‘easy’ habits to start, these 2 may seem to be hard habits to form.  Every person I know who tells me they meditate and/or journal regularly, is adamant that the changes brought by these practices are overwhelmingly positive.  First, get some props together: a beautiful journaling notebook, a comfy meditation cushion, a guided meditation CD, a space you create with flowers and pictures of inspiring persons or places, then get on it.  Carve out a regular time in your day to perform this ritual and get to know yourself.  Try Louise Hays’ Meditations for Loving Yourself to Good Health.

4. Eat, buy and use organic.  Surround yourself with nurturing and non-toxic foods, cleaning products, bath and body goods and you’ll notice a change.  It’s good medicine, it’s preventative, it’s good for the Earth, it’s interesting, it’s tastier, it’s expanding, and it brings forth a more beautiful and sensitive you!

 

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Happy, Healthy and Dandruff Free!

I guarantee that you’ve had dandruff at least once in your life.  Sadly, many of us have had it more that once and seem to battle it on and off. Get to the root of the problem and stop dandruff from ever coming back again!

Seborrheic dermatitis, or dandruff is a very common affliction.  The brunt of the blame lies squarely on the harsh synthetic ingredients found in most conventional hair care products AND our obsession with over-shampooing our hair.

An overly-dry or oily scalp provides the perfect environment for dandruff to thrive. This is often caused by over-shampooing with cleansers containing Sodium Laural/Laureth Sulphates, PEGs, artificial fragrances and parabens.  These synthetic, cheap and potentially harmful ingredients* contribute to inflammatory and compromised skin conditions which in turn can lead to dandruff.

Poor diet and hygiene can also cause dandruff by encouraging fungal and bacteria growth on our scalp.

Fight off the flakes with these 4 easy and natural steps:

Shampoo less.  Our obsession with squeaky clean hair has become a bad habit for many of us.  Try using a dry shampoo between washings or ‘shampoo’ your hair with only conditioner.  Make sure to rinse thoroughly with this practice.
Only use natural and organic shampoos and hair care products.  Look for shampoos that contains tea tree oil, lavender oil, zinc, sage and aloe. DIY: add a few drops of lavender or tea tree oil to your favorite organic shampoo .  And remember, steer clear of synthetic, chemically laden ingredients will only worsen the problem.
Try a natural pre-shampoo treatment.  Massage your scalp with coconut oil for 5 minutes before you shampoo your hair.  Coconut oil contains naturally occurring antimicrobials and fungicides that help quash fungal and yeast growth.
Rinse your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar.  ACV naturally balances your scalp and hair’s pH.  Shampoos and soaps make the skin and scalp more alkaline which can compromise its ability to fight off fungus, a leading cause of dandruff.  ACV’s pH of 2.5-3 can rebalance the scalp.  Mix one part ACV with 2 parts distilled water.  In the shower, pour the mixture all over  wet hair and massage in for a few minutes.  Rinse well and condition  Added Bonus: ACV removes excess oil, water contaminants and product build-up leaving your hair soft and silky.

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HOW CAN YOU ENTER THE BLUE ZONE?

A ‘Blue Zone’ is geographic area where people live longer and healthier lives.  Centenarians are the hallmark of these Blue Zones: Sardinia (Italy), Okanawa (Japan) and Nicoya (Costa Rica). Why? How? and What?

Here are 4 traits that these longevity hotspots share:

o-lentils-and-legumes-facebook1. Eating Legumes.  Yum!  Beans are a dense and delicious protein that can be easily added to salad, soups & grains.
2.  Constant moderate activity.  While hitting the gym or the mat is crucial for healthy minds and bodies, so is walking, less sitting while working and opting for stairs over elevators.  It’s summer, get out there and keep moving. Rescue a dog and voila, you now have extra walks in your day!

3. Family.  Dwellers of the Blue Zones put family in front of other concerns.  How can you make a change in your daily life to reach out, re-connect or deepen a relationship with a family member?

4. A Semi-Vegetarian diet.  As Michal Pollan prescribes, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” If you eat meat, look for grass-fed, USDA organic, wild-caught and pastured.

and, here’s my No. 5 for those of us that live in an industrialized world of cheap, chemically derived, toxic personal care products: read your labels, avoid parabens, pthalates, PEGs, SLSs.  Educate yourself in buying green and clean by visiting The Environmental Working Group’s Cosmetic Database

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27741_435815352904_4718206_nYou think you’re ok: you apply a a facial moisturizer with SPF, put on your make-up and go!  No brainer, you’re covered right?

Guess what?

 

For proper skin protection, you need to re-apply sunscreen every 2 hours!  How’s that going to happen when you’re wearing a full face of make-up?

Here’s How in 3 Steps:

Start with a tinted moisturizer with SPF protection, like 100% Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30; http://www.100percentpure.com/products/fruit-pigmented-tinted-moisturizer-golden-peach

Finish with a loose or pressed powder with SPF like bareMinerals’ Mineral Veil Finishing Powder Broad Spectrum SPF 25.  This powder can be re-applied repeatedly throughout the day to not only protect against sun damage but also to correct shine and ensure an enduring polished look. http://www.bareescentuals.com/bareMinerals-Original-SPF-25-Mineral-Veil/USmastermineralveilSPF,en_US,pd.html

Finally, carry with you an SPF Facial Spritzer that can be used throughout the day.  Supergoop’s Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50 should be used right after make-up application and can be reapplied throughout the day. Don’t worry, it won’t mess with your work of facial art! http://www.supergoop.com/shop/defense-refresh-setting-mist-spf-50

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