Our Guide to Natural Deodorant

Natural deodorant is a healthy alternative to traditional aluminum-based ones.  Over the years, there has been an increase in their popularity. Even celebrities are adopting natural deodorants as part of their personal hygiene. Actress and CEO Jessica Alba swears by natural deodorants for everyday use:

“I won’t lie. If I have to walk a red carpet or give a big presentation, I’m reaching for that trustworthy but toxin-filled Big Name Super-Strong Antiperspirant. You can’t risk pit stains in those high-pressure situations, and the nontoxic deodorant formulas just aren’t there yet. For now, my strategy is to layer my conventional antiperspirant over a natural, nontoxic deodorant. I figure that way I’ve got a layer of protection from the aluminum and triclosan in most mainstream brands. On regular days, it’s natural all the way (nymag.com).”

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Interview: Curly Hair Stylist Mahine Tchiakpe

This month Blossom met up with hairstylist and curl whisperer, Mahine Tchiakpe at salon Chez Tina, located in Vetroz. Mahine is based in Lausanne, but occassionally works in Vetroz to service her customers in Valais. I had the pleasure of getting my hair trimmed by her and took the opportunity to chat with her about her career and hair.

She describes herself as sensitive, funny and ambitious. After hearing about her pathway, I think she could definitely add courageous to her list.

Why did you choose a career as a hair stylist?

I’ve always been interested in becoming a stylist, I just had to find the courage to do it. I needed my life to be complete, by doing something I love, which I wasn’t doing before. So, I saved money for 5 years, dropped everything and went to New York to attend beauty school and Deva Curl Academy.

What inspired you to become a curly hair specialist?
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Spring Fashion Inspiration and Curls

I’ve grown to appreciate all of the seasons, though at heart I live for spring, summer and fall. And since spring is around the corner, I thought I’d share a little inspiration. Long live sunny days, life outdoors, vibrant colors, fewer layers and florals. Long live soft, fluffy, voluminous curls or chic short hair! Which looks are your fav?

Images source: Pinterest

FLORAL PRINTS

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Curly Hair Care: Why I Love Backwards Conditioning

All hair, whether straight or curly is made up of of the same components. However, the shape of hair follicle, which is largely a result of genetics, determines whether hair is straight, wavy or curly. The straighter the hair, the rounder the shape of the follicle. Curly hair has elliptical shaped follicles that bend and turn.  The more elliptical the shape of the hair shaft, the curlier the hair. Most follicles contain sebaceous glands, which are responsible for releasing an oily substance called sebum that lubricates the hair.

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