Piercing is nothing new. It started with earrings, but now piercings have become popular in places like the nose, belly button, nipple and tongue. It has been around for ages and has only grown more and more socially acceptable around the world. Piercing is common among women, younger age groups and even men nowadays. When you go around cities particularly in Lagos, Nigeria among others you will find beauty and Spa outlets offering piercing procedures. Piercing is another popular form of body art. This is a type of body modification where a needle punctures a hole in the body. Jewellery is then inserted in this hole. Ears, noses, eyebrows, tongues, lips, navels, nipples, genitals, and other body parts can be pierced. However, before making the decision to modify your body, it is important...
New research finds that fashion forward Brits are putting style ahead of their health. Consumer research from the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has found that three quarters (73%) of women have suffered with back pain and their wardrobe could be a major cause of the discomfort. The BCA found that over a quarter (28%) of women are aware clothing effects their back or neck pain and posture, yet are not influenced by this in their clothing choices. For example, wearing skinny jeans, and backless shoes are two fashion choices that can aggravate pain. One third of women (33%) were completely unaware that their choice of clothing could have an impact on their back or neck health. BCA chiropractor, Tim Hutchful, comments on the findings: “I am always surprised at how many of my patien
Lipstick is a cosmetic product containing pigments, oils, waxes, and emollients that apply colour, texture, and protection to the lips. Many colours and types of lipstick exist. As with most other types of makeup, lipstick is typically, but not exclusively worn by women. Some lipsticks are also lip balms, to add colour and hydration. Our lipstick pigment stays on for long hours during the day and many times we sleep with it too! Such a practice is definitely not the healthiest and is harmful to our lips. Below, are what to know when purchasing a lipstick. How do lipsticks harm us? Lead is the commonly found harmful content in lipsticks. It mainly affects the nervous system and harms the hormonal system. Lipsticks are known to cause allergy and irritation over the lips and the surroundi...
The tug trial The test: Take a clump of hair just over 2cm in width and gently tug the hairs. If more than six strands come out it could indicate your hair is shedding more than normal. What it reveals: Hormones could be playing havoc with your health as well as your hair. Hair has a three-year cycle of growth, rest and periods of shedding. The changes in hormone levels that come with stress, illness, pregnancy or post-birth disrupt this cycle, causing the shedding to occur earlier and resulting in thinning hair. But annoyingly, it’s often only apparent two to four months after said event. The solution: First things first – don’t panic! If the event that caused your hormone surge is over, then your hormones will have already started to balance out so your ‘normal’ hair cycle will ha
Fashion is a way of life; it is how something is done or a trend that is on. Fashion could also be the latest and most admired style in clothes and cosmetics, or behaviour, and this is why it could be easily described as a passing fad because it could be in vogue today and tomorrow it is out of circulation as it where. Fashion usually will have to do with clothes, skin beauty, make-up, footwear, and other accessories, etc. When I was a little boy for example I saw old women wearing wigs; I also saw old men and women too dying their hair, and men also barbed their hair leaving a good portion on their head, and sometimes they even had a parting to it. But the fashion has today changed in that nowadays I see young women and girls wearing wigs, while young people are even dying their hair –
On a raining Sunday morning, Miss Ozeoma, a model based in Lagos recalled walking to church in ‘killer’ three-inch stilettos. As she strutted down the street, people stared, sometimes not always in a good way. According to her, she is just a fashion enthusiast, who feels comfortable wearing high heel shoes. “If I must wear heels, then I will always make sure, it is one that I am comfortable in. I am not one of those many ladies that do not heed advice and step out of their houses in all manner of high heels shoes only to cause unnecessary discomfort and even embarrassment for themselves. I am very comfortable in whatever I wear.” She said in a chat. Ozeoma is one of many others (fashion enthusiasts), that wearing high heel shoes has become a norm for them. Be it at social functions, work
Most women spare no expense to have everything nipped, tapped and tucked. If mother nature did not bless you with long hair, or if you have lost hair for any reason, you can get the hair of your dreams through hair extensions. For the typical Nigerian woman, she is stylish and does everything to make herself look good. Be it on the continent of Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania to Latin America, the latest crave for hair weaves or extensions are a common feature among women. “There is nothing wrong in wearing wig or hair extensions. It is all part of beauty process. I wear wigs and human hair extensions a lot; it doesn't mean I am not proud of my natural hair. All is part of beauty enhancement and what defines us as women. Even the oyibo people wear hair extensions and wigs too. It is hot an
If as a woman a man approached you - looking handsome and all that, and even better, having good manners, but on reaching closer he presents with this set of long, dark and dirty fingernails, what would you do; would you still go ahead to date him? “You can tell a lot from a man’s fingernails and how he relates to women and the world. If they are long he will either be a thinker or he is just dirty”, Anita Uti, a student at the University of Lagos said. On her part, Peggy Ofili, a Youth Corper said “If a guy’s nails are long and dirty, then you can tell he doesn't take care of himself. I cannot date such a person”. Certainly, dirty and unkempt fingernails can give the impression of poor hygiene. Just like you want your hair and skin to be healthy in the same way taking care of your nai
Gabriel Ifinnwa Have you ever had dandruff, with its white or oily flakes, all over your hair, shoulders and clothes (usually with an itchy scalp) .Indeed, you probably know that it can be a little embarrassing. Also, you might have an enviable hair that is thick and shiny and a wardrobe that is fashionable. But if you have dandruff, all of that may go unnoticed. Instead, the focus may be on those flakes lingering on your scalp.This is especially true for kids, teenagers and even adults who may already be self-conscious about their looks, Getting Rid of Dandruff. Getting Rid of Dandruff Dandruff is a common skin condition that causes white or grey flakes of skin to appear on the scalp and in the hair. It is probably the world’s most common hair problem. It is a common scalp disorder,
It has become a sign of the changing lifestyle and glamour among many women. Big handbags are the heights of fashion trend today. But health experts have warned that carrying that extra weight can become harmful to your health. Big handbags poses great health risk for women, Gabriel Ifinnwa writes: Big handbags poses great health risk for women To most women handbags is a key fashion accessory, that living home without it is not an option especially for those with multi-tasking lives. Indeed, for most women, handbags especially big handbags are seemingly perfect for a modern woman. They make you feel emotionally good, gives you the elevation and confidence in your gait. Some say the trend for oversized handbags was inspired by celebrities. Some women get excited when they get to kno
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Harmful Substances in Cosmetics: Did you know that over 60% of what you put on your skin, the largest organ on your body gets absorbed into your blood stream? And unlike your kidneys and liver that act as your body’s filter, the skin is all on its own. 95% of the chemicals in most commercial cosmetics and personal care products are made from harmful substances. This is because it appeals more to the eyes of the consumers and also would sell real fast. It is important to check the ingredients listed on cosmetic and personal care products before you buy. Quite a number of the so called ingredients are harmful and may rank among causes of skin cancer and few other health problems. Below are some of the ingredients to watch out for: Parabens: Parabens are synthetic preservatives us
We use soap to clean our skin and keep it glowing. Using soaps will also help in keeping the skin smooth, away from any dermal problems. Having the right soap for the body is important. Once you look though the store you are sure to find soaps of all colours and varieties. It is tough to look for the soap just right for the skin type you have. However, there are certain steps to help you select the right soap. You just have to know how to make the selection. It is recommended not to go by the scent of the soap. There are more things you need to take into account. First, it is important for you to know the sort of skin type you have. Your skin can be prone to acne and at the same time it can be dry and flaky. In fact, the soap you use for the skin is sure to have the perfect effect on th...
In recent times Fashion models have begun to face some form of close scrutiny for eligibility in fashion shows. This emerging trend has been gradually stepping up since a few years back when for instance fashion models that were regarded as too thin for comfort were excluded from Canada’s Montreal Fashion Week in 2007. All of this is happening because over time, there has been a growing concern in the fashion industry such that show organisers in Paris, Milan, and around the world are beginning to respond to criticisms about the women who model each season's fashions. Following this, the British Fashion Council had recommended that models be screened for eating disorders since September 2008. An official statement said that models were going to provide a medical certificate showing that t
For lots of people, there’s nothing more fun than pouring a glass of wine or a strong cocktail at the end of a long workday. On weekends, some of us enjoy more. It would surprise you to learn that alcohol, like many of the other things we love in life, is pretty harsh on the skin. First, drinking basically makes it impossible for your body to stay hydrated. “Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it causes you to pee more,” says NYC-based dermatologist Whitney Bowe. “But it also hinders the production of the hormone vasopressin. That hormone helps you reabsorb water. Alcohol is kind of double sided, in that it’s forcing out water and making it harder for your body to rehydrate itself.” And we all know what dehydrated skin looks like - tired and sallow, with more pronounced fine lines, wrink
People around the world are doing crazy and extreme things just to look trendy. Apparently not many folks know that most of our fashion items are actually harmful to the health. These harmful fashions range from miniskirts causing cellulite to arthritis-inducing high heels, and then to ripped jeans. Ripped skinny jeans are seriously harmful to the health. They have been proven to reduce blood supply to the legs, thereby damaging muscles and nerve fibres which can eventually lead to paralysis. The dangers of ripped skinny jeans became scarier after a woman collapsed and couldn’t get back up for hours due to her extremely tight trousers. Another woman reportedly cut out her skinnies after her calves got swollen due to “compartment syndrome.” (A condition resulting from increased pressure w