Damaged hair tends to split and break, leaving you with dull, frizzy-looking hair. There are lots of reasons why hair becomes damaged, including haircolor and chemical straightening services, heat styling, over-washing, and environmental factors. Usually when hair starts snapping off, it's because the elasticity is off. Hair elasticity refers to your hair's ability to stretch and return to its original length without breaking. When your hair is wet, it should be able to stretch up to 50% of its length and return to normal. Test elasticity by taking a single wet hair from 4 different areas of your head and simply pulling on either end. If it stretches easily and bounces back, your porosity is normal. If it stretches and does not return to normal or if it snaps easily, you have low porosity and your hair is more prone to break. If you have trouble determining what your hair needs, check with your stylist. But if it seems clear after a strand test, check the slideshow below for hairRead More »from Going Strong: 7 Hair Treatments for Preventing Breakage
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:58 PM EST
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:55 PM ESTExploiting Paul Walker's Death: When Fans and the Media Cross the LineI've been fortunate enough to live my 33 years of life without having to deal with a tragic death of a close family member. While I have been to funerals in the past and have mourned the loss of life, it never hit me as hard as I know it will the day someone in my immediate bloodline passes away. But that doesn't mean of course that I haven't been personally affected by death during my lifetime.
Being a lifelong pop culture junkie and celebrity journalist, it took me days and sometimes weeks to get over the shock and sadness of when Diana died in that Parisian car crash in 1997, when Aaliyah passed away in a plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001, or when Michael Jackson's death shocked the world in 2009. I was 17 when Princess Di died, yet I remember waking up at four in the morning so I could watch her televised funeral from London, which was perhaps one of the saddest broadcasts I have ever seen.
It was also incredibly heart-wrenching to watch Michael Jackson's daughter ParisRead More »from Exploiting Paul Walker’s Death: When Fans and the Media Cross the Line
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Dec 6, 2013 12:21 PM ESTYouTube Mom's Death Highlights Frightening U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate
As a mom blogger, I keep tabs on all sorts of parenting and health reports, including news on pregnancy and labor. So I've known for a while that, despite the huge amounts of money the U.S. spends on healthcare every year, we still have a disturbingly high maternity mortality rate: According to the most recent statistics, nearly 13 U.S. women die for every 100,000 live births.
More shockingly, in 2010, the U.S. ranked 50th in the world for maternal mortality, according to data from the World Health Organization, with higher death rates than some Middle Eastern and Asian countries as well as most European countries.
Both times I was pregnant, I put this out of my mind as much as possible. When it did invade my thoughts, I rationalized to myself why I'd be OK: I was healthy, I ate well, and I had access to great healthcare. Surely the women accounting for the U.S.'s high maternal mortality rate were less fortunate than me with respect to their own health and the healthcareRead More »from YouTube Mom’s Death Highlights Frightening U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate
We're entering the time of year when simple gals like me get a little giddy about metallics. A sparkly metallic party dress might wait in my closet all year for it's time to shine at holiday parties. If you're still shy about wearing metallics, even during the silver and gold holiday season, I would try out a more classic styled dress accented with metallic sheen, rather than a tight body con metallic dress that will accentuate every curve (wanted or unwanted)! They're really a lot of fun to wear, and make you feel extra festive! I've rounded up 7 of my favorite metallic party dresses for 2013, which don't need to sit in your closet all year until the holidays. These dresses are great for parties or nights out any time of the year!Read More »from Go Shiny and Chic with 7 Metallic Party Dresses!
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- Babble.com | Pets – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 3:35 PM EST
When I was a child, my mother had several holiday decor themes for our home. One was a Christmas tree with only birds on it. Another was cats, to match our cat loving household. So, I have always liked the idea of using an animal theme in the holiday decor. Doing so makes everything more personal and meaningful to me. Fortunately for the pet lover, it also is not terribly difficult. Incorporating pets into your home holiday decor can be as simple as hanging stockings for your pets, or as comprehensive as decorating entire trees based on an animal theme. In my home, my corgis have their own stockings. We also have some specific corgi-themed Christmas items and photos of our pets taken with Santa to display. As the years go by, it seems like I focus more and more on the corgi theme. Here are 8 pet-themed holiday ideas to get you started. Use these as inspiration for your own pet-themed holiday decor. -By Carleen CoulterRead More »from Have Yourself a Furry, Furry Christmas! 8 Pet-Themed Holiday Decor Items!
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- Babble.com | Shine Food – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 1:37 PM ESTBread puddings are great holiday desserts. They're free form, in a way, so you can tinker with the flavor and ingredients once you get the proportions correct. For example, a plain bread pudding can be flavored with citrus zest for holiday flair. Or, you can stir in chocolate chips or dried fruit for added texture. There is no limit to what you can make! Bread pudding is great for entertaining because you can serve it up on a trivet and let people scoop up as much as they want. Along with a cup of eggnog or glass of wine, it is the perfect dessert!
-By Kelsey Banfield Read More »from Dessert Island: 8 Sweet, Delicious Bread Pudding Recipes for the Holidays
- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 12:58 PM ESTOne of my favorite things about Christmas has always been the gifts. Hold on, hear me out - I'm not materialistic! Not completely. I like the new gifts because with all the new toys, art supplies, books and more, it's like you have a whole new home. Suddenly your boring home has become a place you are excited to explore and play in. Does that make sense? It's a magical time, especially for the kids, but it can be heaven on earth for the parents too! Here are the best holiday gifts for kids to use at home from IKEA this year. They are guaranteed to turn your home into a brand new, fun place for your little ones. There's nothing like gifts during the holidays. - By Melanie Blodgett Read More »from Swede Disposition: 8 Amazing Holiday Gifts for Kids from IKEA
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 12:57 PM EST
When I heard about the shootings in Sandy Hook, it was right after I had dropped my two preschool-aged boys off at school. I had my baby girl in the back seat of the car, and as we drove home, I listened to the updates on NPR. I began to sob immediately. As the story emerged, I cried more. I don't think I did much that day but cry, and then after my children were home, hug them and try to hide my tears.
My oldest son is now in elementary school. His school is so much bigger, and while I fully trust the faculty, a larger school feels that much more dangerous to me. The playground is wide open, as it should be. But in these days of school shootings, I now look at playgrounds and think about how easily children could be targeted.
It's an awful, horrible thought.
Earlier this year, my boys and I discussed bullies. This was triggered by a few incidences of mild name-calling at school. Toward the end of the conversation,Read More »from One Year Later: How Sandy Hook Parents Are Working to Prevent Gun Violence
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Thu, Dec 5, 2013 12:53 PM ESTHiking YogaAlways on my to-do list, but never checked off, is yoga. I know it's so good for clearing my mind and for building strength and getting in touch with my body and its limits, but I've been on a yoga hiatus for a couple of years now. I've loved to do it in the past, but these days it seems like my mind and body are always racing and my workouts reflect that. These days I'm multitasking, and if I'm not running, my workouts are short bursts of strength and cardio intervals that get my workout in and over with quickly so I can get back to diaper changing and story time with the kids. Speaking of the kids, they're usually involved in my workouts, running around the room as I sweat and trying to imitate my lunges.
Never mind that now would be the ideal time to take up yoga - it would be good for me to take a break, breathe, meditate, clear my mind. But I just can't seem to slow down enough to get it done. With my kids in the room, ifRead More »from Find Your Zen in the Great Outdoors with Hiking Yoga
My son is having social development problems. He gets frustrated easily and then lashes out physically or screams. He's bossy and has a temper. At school, his teachers find him anxious and so shy around other kids that he barely talks to them, though he chatters to grown-ups with ease. They recognize that he's a nice kid deep down, and obviously smart, but he's having trouble connecting with his classmates and has begun getting into altercations when not supervised.
I'm trying to change this situation, but everything I do seems to be wrong. If I don't talk with him about his behavior at school, then it feels like I'm doing nothing to help him and that I'm avoiding the problem. And yet when I raise the subject in a gentle, reassuring way, Felix becomes uncomfortable and resistant. He's only four years old and has yet to work out how to articulate his feelings or understand the connection between his emotions and his actions. If I insist on discussing his problems in school, FelixRead More »from Where Do Our Kids’ Personalities Come From?