Castor Oil – Hair Loss Saviour

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You may have read some of my posts about hair loss – something which affects many women for a number of reasons additional to anxiety and eating disorders. Whatever the case, hair loss can result in a severe lack of confidence and cripplingly low self-esteem.

Recently I started losing my hair for the third time. Obviously I was devastated, and became more and more panicky the longer it continued. Patches started to show and my long hair began to hang thinly in limp strings. I cut about 4 inches off it to create the illusion of thickness and improve the sad-looking appearance of it.

About a month ago I also started using Alpecin caffeine shampoo and a Wella SP serum I first used when I was 14 which has always been really effective. There’s been a small improvement with these, but nothing remarkable, nothing which stopped me scraping it into a tiny ponytail with despair each day.

I love Pinterest, and I was searching it for hair loss solutions. I came across a myriad of posts about Castor Oil and its hair thickening properties, and decided to try it. I read that the darker Castor Oil was more potent than its lighter counterparts – Amla had also been cited as a hair-loving ingredient, so I opted for the pure Jamaican Mango and Lime Black Castor Oil with Amla.

Castor Oil promotes hair health and prevents breakage by swelling the hair root to make it look thicker. It also has antibacterial properties which help to heal and cleanse the scalp. The oil is really thick and I was a little nervous about slathering it all over my head – my hair is very straight and fine anyway so getting oil out of it has always been a bit of a challenge. Desperate, however, I did so with gusto and left it on for a few hours while I went to the gym.

When I washed the oil out, my hair didn’t feel weighed down or greasy. I hoped it was all out and blow dried it upside down as normal.

I have never seen volume like that with any expensive hair product I have ever used before! My hair just looked like it used to, thick and swishy yet not at all weighed down by the oil. I felt so happy and confident; my comfort blanket was back. Of course, by the next day it was looking flat and dreary again. However after using the Alpecin every wash and doing a Castor Oil treatment once every week I have seen a huge amount of growth at the base of my scalp. So many little baby hairs growing in thick clumps around my hairline, and a lot less falling around the house.

I’d definitely recommend trying Castor Oil if you’re struggling with hair loss. I’ve used it in conjunction with Alpecin; so this may also be an option for double-growth. Coupled with my tips in my other hair loss posts, hopefully you should see some progress!



Are Disney Princesses REALLY bad Role Models?



I’ve seen a lot in the press recently about Disney Princesses and how they misrepresent women for the younger generation. They do this, according to these articles, in a number of ways. Firstly by being ‘skinny’ in size (yet we let children play with Barbies and expose them to overly thin celebrities), secondly for being ‘too beautiful’ (irrelevant; naturally most people in the public eye are ‘good looking’) and thirdly for their over-dependence and emphasis on relationships with men (these films are often based on fairy-tales set in older times when this was the norm).

What these people disregard is all the good messages that come from Disney – the morals and ethics that run throughout the story-lines of these classic films. I grew up with Disney films, and I absolutely loved the Princess ones (as did most of my friends) – Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. I can certainly say with absolute conviction that it was not these movies that warped my idea of beauty and gave me a complex about my body image. That came later and was instigated by human beings, not cartoons! From these films, I gained imagination, a reinforced measure of what is right and wrong and above all, enjoyment.

I’d encourage those who feel the Princesses are bad role models to look at themselves, along with other factors in today’s society such as celebrity culture, a loss of respect for individuals in an overly critical society and social media for the real cause of body image issues in young girls.



Is Barbie really to blame for poor body image in young girls?


When I was little, like most girls, I absolutely loved Barbie (and secretly, a small part of me still does). I distinctly remember each one I had – including Gymnast Barbie, Ballerina Barbie and Malibu Barbie My friends had different ones and they’d all get together to swap clothes and have their hair done – of course brothers and cousins had Action Man figures which filled the sexy, muscular void in our Barbie’s lives. I knew Barbie was pretty, but I never felt inadequate because of it. I wasn’t aware that she looked ‘different’ to real women, or that she was unrealistic in the way that she looked. Yes, she was slim and beautiful with long, thick hair. But I wasn’t self-aware enough (luckily) to understand that this wasn’t how I (or any of my friends) looked, and to feel bad about myself as a consequence.

This was only 15 years ago, but nowadays children are much more self-aware in a number of different ways. They are often exposed to things which were often only reserved for older children and adults, and society appears to have shaken off what some called a ‘prudish’ sense of protection we had over vulnerable children. This, coupled with the advances of technology meaning children are spending a lot of time on smartphones, tablets and in front of televisions, means they see, hear and ultimately take in more.  The way I looked (and the ‘fact’ that it was wrong) was brought to my attention when I was 11, after which I began to feel bad about myself and ugly. But now that appears to be happening much earlier, with or without the influence of bullies.

Some are now citing Barbie as a number one cause of distorted body image in young girls. A recent experiment demonstrated her impossible proportions next to a ‘normal woman’.

Whilst Barbie may present an ‘ideal’ appearance, I really don’t think they can be named as a main perpetrator in the rise of low self-esteem and self-consciousness in younger girls. They may add to a problem which is in fact already there, which is instigated by the unrealistic message peddled by intensive marketing of beauty and fashion along. That coupled with increased exposure to overly sexualised, false celebrities and there you have a possible root of the problem. Too much, too soon.

Yet the problem I feel probably doesn’t lie with dolls and toys which generations of women have played with since the 1960’s.

I think rather than making scapegoats of the likes of Barbie, we should be looking to ourselves and to the media for answers as to why girls feel so bad about the way they look. It’s not difficult to see the reasons – a society in which your value and worth is unquestionably measured by how you look, exposure to a false, unattainable ‘perfection’ and incessant/relentless encouragement to achieve it.

On a lighter note, someone went to all the trouble of creating a Barbie with normal proportions, to show the difference between the two. I love both!! ‘Normal Barbie’ looks gorgeous, and far from looking dumpy and insignificant next to the Barbie we are all so familiar with, she looks beautiful and realistic in the most positive way.

What do you think? Do you like ‘Normal Barbie’? Would you buy her for you children? Photos below!




Inspirational Women


So today I was reading the news and once I got past the pages of superficial articles filled with plastic vacuous celebrities talking about their latest boob job, I came across this article. It really filled me with so much joy because it is just so positive and such a departure from what we’re all normally used to reading in the papers.

In India, acid attacks are sadly becoming an increasingly popular method employed by some to suppress women and serve as retribution for ‘bad behaviour’ which encompasses anything from wearing the ‘wrong’ clothes and hairstyle to the desire to be educated, or falling in love with someone ‘unsuitable’. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that nothing on earth these women could have done or said warrants this horrific penalty.

Rupa, Laximi and Rita have participated in a photoshoot by photographer Rahul Saharan, instigated by Rupa herself, who was attacked in her sleep by her stepmother. She has founded a fashion range, which she and the girls model in this very special photoshoot.

Not only are these beautiful women brave and inspirational, they have also set up a charity, Stop Acid Attacks, and Chhaon, a clean, safe centre for those who are undergoing treatment.

The women had previously been forced to hide their horrific scars with scarves to avoid probing stares and the frightened reactions of strangers, ashamed of their appearance and living with fear and little self-esteem. Yet now they ooze confidence and happiness, modelling beautiful clothing which promises a new horizon for them, doing what they love and are passionate about. I can only wish them the very best and I’m sure everybody reading this will agree!

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