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Last year, Aveda brought you “Gifts Bright with Hope” by partnering with communities protecting the rainforest for its 2010 Holiday Collection. The holiday gift sets included native tagua nuts hair bands. These tagua nuts became the largest fair trade, sustainably harvested, rainforest product exported in Colombia’s history. They also helped 400 families build a better future and worked to preserve 400 acres of rainforest.
This year, Aveda brings you the story of a partnership with communities in Nepal with “Improving Lives is a Gift.”
Have you seen the beautifully hand-crafted, sustainably sourced, green paper wrapped around all of our holiday gift sets? It began as bark from a lokta tree, was then beaded and cooked into a pulp mixture, dried by the sun and dyed with non-toxic pigments. This papermaking industry has employed 3,800 people in the Himalayas of Nepal, 80% of whom are women.
When you purchase an Aveda holiday gift set, you are helping in a decade long mission to aid the nation of Nepal. According to a press release by Aveda, this partnership has helped “empower Napali communities to develop a sustainable business, keep Napali families intact, support the art of papermaking and reverse local deforestation.”
Watch this video to find out more about the papermaking process, the benefits of this partnership and the women Aveda is helping to support, like Guma Pun, 23.
This Saturday, Maximum FX Salon & Spa South Congress will be hosting an exclusive event with luxury gourmet gift marketplace Corners of Time. Join us for tastings of world-class Mediterranean products including award-winning olive oils, jams and spices. Corners of Time simplifies your holiday season by building custom gourmet gifts for your loved ones and takes care of all the shipping and delivery. With your purchase, receive an instant gift certificate for 10% of the purchase price to be redeemed the same day or at your convenience with Maximum FX. To learn more about Corners Of Time, please visit their website at http://www.cornersoftime.com/.
Tea Consumption Linked to Numerous Body Benefits
A hot cup of tea may do more than relax you. Research shows tea consumption may help prevent a wide range of ailments.
The latest medical research is finding potential healing powers in this ancient beverage. Recent research, for instance, suggests drinking tea may help prevent everything from cavities to Parkinson’s disease. And some studies indicate it may even save lives.
The benefits of tea consumption may extend throughout the body, experts believe. Here is a partial list of conditions some research has shown may be prevented or improved by drinking tea:
Arthritis: Research suggests that older women who are tea drinkers are 60 percent less likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than those who do not drink tea.
Bone Density: Drinking tea regularly for years may produce stronger bones. Those who drank tea on a regular basis for 10 or more years had higher-bone mineral density in their spines than those who had not.
Cancer: Green tea extracts were found to inhibit the growth of bladder cancer cells in the lab — while other studies suggest that drinking green tea protects against developing stomach and esophageal cancers.
Sipping on a cup of hot tea may be a safeguard against cancer. Population studies have linked the consumption of tea with a reduction in risk for several types of cancer. Researchers speculate that the polyphenols in tea may inhibit certain mechanisms that promote cancer growth. Both green and black teas have been credited with cancer-inhibiting powers.
Flu: You may be able to boost your fight against the flu with black tea.
Your best defense against contracting the flu is to wash your hands often and get vaccinated against the influenza virus. Black tea may further bolster your efforts to stay healthy. In a recent study, people who gargled with a black tea extract solution twice per day showed a higher immunity to flu virus compared to the people who did not gargle with black tea.
Heart Disease: A recent study published in the journal Circulation found that drinking more than two cups of tea a day decreased the risk of death following a heart attack by 44 percent. Even less spirited tea drinkers were rewarded: Consuming just two cups a day decreased the risk of death by almost a third.
Tea is a rich source of the flavonoids quercetin, kaempferol, and myricetin, and research shows that high dietry intake of these compounds is associated with a reduced risk of fatal heart attacks. In one study, people who drank about a cup and a half of tea per day were almost 40% less likely to suffer a heart attack compared to tea abstainers.
High Blood Pressure: Tea lovers may be surprised to learn their beverage of choice touts yet another health benefit: blood pressure control. Drinking a half-cup of green or oolong tea per day reduced a person’s risk of high blood pressure by almost 50% in a new study. People who drank at least two and a half cups per day reduced their risk even more. Their risk was reduced even if they had risk factors for high blood pressure, such as high sodium intake.
Parkinson’s Disease: Tea consumption may be protective against developing this debilitating neurological disorder.
Oral Health:Rinsing with tea may prevent cavities and gum disease.
You’ve been trying for days to recreate the same style you got at the salon. You’ve bought all the same products, spent hours in front of the mirror and still can’t make it look right. One small change could make a HUGE difference – your hair brush.
Having the correct tool is just as important as the getting the right product and having the right technique. You wouldn’t use Brilliant products on thin, flat hair to create volume, would you? So, why are you still using a paddle brush instead of a round brush for lift? It’s the same concept.
Read on the find out which brush will give you the style you’re looking for, and get ready to make the switch to excellent at-home style.
Round brush – Round brushes come in various sizes and are usually metal or ceramic, which makes them excellent heat conductors. Want curls? Use a small round brush. Large ones are used to give you volume and lift. Large round brushes can also be used to straighten hair and add a bevel (rounded ends) on curly or thick hair.
Paddle brush – Paddle brushes are wide and flat brushes with bristles that generally massage the scalp. This can help to stimulate hair follicles and distribute natural oils throughout the hair. These brushes are used for smoothing and straightening the hair, and are not the best brush to use for volume. If you choose a round brush to straighten, the paddle brush can be a good finishing tool for you to smooth hair.
Mason Pearson- Mason Pearson brushes are handcrafted, thus not mass produced. They are great for straightening the hair, and “grabbing” the hair in order to smooth out any unwanted kinks. They are also helpful in smoothing out ponytails for upstyling. Made with boar bristles, these brushes help distribute scalp oils throughout the hair shaft, giving it shine. There are three types of Mason Pearson brushes and each is designed for a specific type of hair: Boar Bristle tufts, for fine to normal hair; Boart Bristle & Nylon tufts, for normal to thick hair; Nylon tufts, for especially thick hair.
Denman- Known as the “hairdressers’ brush,” is an anti-static, half-rounded, rubber-based brush with smooth rounded nylon quills. These brushes are especially good for drying precision haircuts (think: Rihanna). The staggered positioning of the nylon quills allows for excellent grip and control for maintaining tension of the hair while styling. These brushes are also good to use to curl ends under, or flip them out.
MFX stylists will always walk you through your blowdry by demonstrating product usage, helpful techniques and correct tool selection, but if you ever have a question, just let us know and we’d be happy to help!