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Why Having The Right People Around You Matters To An Entrepreneur

Starting and running a business can be very lonely and exposes you to bouts of isolation. When this happens the need to be loved, needed, and pampered is very strong and there is nothing wrong with that.

Ones self esteem can suffer and this can be compounded by historical experiences (childhood, family etc) and frustration and exhaustion when trying to lift your business of the ground and working a 12 hours day.

Being an ideas person, being creative and wanting recognition for that is achieved when the evidence is people buying your services or products.

The people you have surrounding you is very important, they have to be of a similar stock because they get it, they move into activities that support your dream and help you benefit from your hard work.

Many women are brilliant because most of them run several things at once if they are mums, wife, daughters, designer, marketeer, sales person, social media expert, bookeeper, packer and distributors and the list goes on.

The main point is to have total confidence in who you are, listen to tapes and watch video that continually empowers you. Mix with the pack that stimulates and motivates you and you them. When you live like this all who is to be in your life will gravitate towards you and give you joy and support.

You will easily be able to then identify anyone around you that does not naturally fit into your gang because they don’t naturally make you feel better, they add weight to your life and focus on distracting you.

But we are born with free will and you can use it to experience your life in what ever way YOU want.

The ultimate responsibility is your.

Starting A Private Tutoring Business – The Skills Needed By A Private Tutor

Current Demand For Private Tuition In The UK

We can reassure you that the demand for private tuition across the board is increasing, and is required throughout the year.

Whilst the market is flooded with tutors supporting students in English, Maths and some STEM subjects, it is increasingly obvious that a lot of children are suffering because they do not have the much needed Social Skills to help them  with communication, problem-solving, decision making, self-management, and peer relations abilities that allow one to initiate and maintain positive social relationships with others.

Deficits or excesses in social behavior interfere with learning, teaching, and the classroom’s orchestration and climate. Social competence is linked to peer acceptance, teacher acceptance, inclusion success, and post school success.

As we see the rise in school exclusions, there are many reasons suited for the rise in the UK. So now a more structured approach needs tho be taken to assist a wide crosses section of children experiencing problems outside of the curricula which in turn impacts there relationship with each other, their teachers, parents and the wider community.

Whilst the demand throughout the academic year for private tuition varies per subject and level, factors to consider are do you want to provide tutoring throughout the year, number of subjects and levels you tutor, if you are wishing to travel and how far you are prepared to travel if at all.

Starting A Private Tutoring Business – The Skills Needed By A Private Tutor

If you are interested in becoming a private tutor, you may wish to consider the following skills before setting up a private tuition service :-

Ability To Communicate & Help The Students Understanding
The key approach of private tuition is to improve the understanding of the student. An essential skill for a home tutor is that they are able to help the student grasp and fully understand any area of subject weakness by good communication. Whilst at the same time engaging the student’s interest and making the tutoring session fun will enhance their learning.

Ability To Listen
One of the major factors of one to one private tutoring is to tailor and deliver your lessons so that the student can understand areas of subject difficulty. For the student to improve, they must understand. Flexibility is the key. Just because you use a successful set protocol of how you tailor your tuition lessons for several of your students, does not mean this will work every time. Therefore if the student has difficulty in grasping certain areas of their syllabus, listen to their feedback and from this devise alternative ways of how you will tailor your tutoring for that particular student.

Good Grasp Of Your Subject Area
We would recommend that you only offer home lessons for the subjects that you are familiar with and enjoy and are passionate about. As a rule, the subjects that you enjoy, understand and feel most enthusiastic about are the ones which you will excel in at tutoring. Therefore you will have most success in improving the student’s grades and confidence.

Communication With All Age Groups – Especially Children and Teenagers
Most academic personal tutors provide private tuition for children or young adults. However if you specialise in tutoring students for GCSE upwards, you will be tutoring teenagers, young adults and possibly mature students. Therefore you will need to feel confident at communicating with all age groups. Even if you are only providing private tuition for primary or secondary level children, remember that you will often come into contact with and give feedback to their guardians or parents.

Good Command of The English Language and Literacy
That saying, a child whos first language is not English might benefit from a similar language tutor who might be able to get the point across much clearer until the students English improves.

Good Time Management & Self Motivation
As a freelance tutor, like any self employed profession, you will not have a clocking in machine! When you work for yourself you need to be self motivated and it is essential that you use your time effectively. Most students require tuition in the early evening on weekdays or at weekends. Keep these times free for tuition and carry out your admin such as filing, accounting etc at other times of the day or week. If you do not plan your time wisely, this may result in less time that you have available for one to one tuition and your private tuition business will generate less income.

Excellent Organisation Is Paramount
Excellent organisational skills go hand in hand with good time management. As you build up clientele, you will find that you are providing private tuition to several students for different syllabi and possibly several subjects. This can become rather confusing, especially near exam times when you are using similar examination papers for several students. We advise that you keep a record for every student you tutor. This record should include the work that you have covered, any marks received for questions or past examination papers. The reasons for this is it is of benefit when you need to update parents regarding their child’s progress. Another reason for keeping private tuition records per student is that it enables you to plan ahead, so that you can cover all topics that the student struggles with and leave time towards examinations to cover exam papers and examination questions.

How to  Get Started

Request our free Tutors Prospectus Directory to see a list of all the course resources. Each package also includes a tutor manual, this covers the subject in detail and will assist you in delivering a quality and comprehensive course to your students.

I Just Learned This Little-Known Twitter Strategy to Sell to my Competitors’ Customers

 

 

 

This twitter strategy is so good it will leave you wishing you had been doing it sooner

By Nominated Guest Blogger John White @juanblanco

I found this article and I just had to share it on my blog because it was so simple

Donald Trump has accidentally made twitter hip with his regular out of context rants so if you use it right, Twitter can be a massive lead generation tool for your business. The problem is, many don’t take the time to learn how to use Twitter effectively.

They open an account, put out some tweets, and then wonder why there aren’t thousands of people flooding to their account to follow them and buy their product or service.

The truth is that it takes time and effort to learn how to use Twitter for lead generation and sales. Getting followers is no easy task, and converting followers into customers is even more challenging.

Luckily, I’m going to share with you a top strategy that I have used to help my clients turn their Twitter account into a highly effective lead generation tool.

Find out who your competitors’ customers are

It’s not enough to just get followers on Twitter. To get sales, you need to have followers who are interested in what your company is offering.

There may be no better tool to use to directly engage your competitors’ customers than Twitter. Just go to each of your competitors’ Twitter pages and click on their followers. Doing so will reveal every account that is following your competitors.

What a leads list!

While not every account that is following your competitors is doing business with them, they all have indicated an interest. That means they are likely to be interested in knowing what your company has to offer as well.

Follow your competitors’ followers

Once you’re on their page and looking through their list of followers, begin to follow the accounts that look like they would be interested in your company.

Also look to see who is engaging with your competitors’ tweets by liking and retweeting them. Consider following these accounts as well. Engaging with your competitors’ tweets shows that they are active accounts with a strong interest in the subject matter that you are likely to be tweeting about as well.

When you follow someone on Twitter, they receive a notification that you have followed them. The reaction of most people is to then go to your account to see if you are worth following back.

Following your competitors’ followers will have a significant portion of them heading to your profile.

So make sure your profile is looking good and is ready to impress. Pin a tweet to your profile with your best offer and include a link to a landing page where people can make a purchase or sign up.

To pin a tweet, create a tweet with your offer, call to action, and link. Then, once the tweet is live, click on the drop-down menu in the top right corner of the tweet and choose “pin to your profile page.” Doing this will place the tweet at the top of your profile page, so it is the first tweet people see when visiting your page.

After following, give people 3-5 days to follow you back. If they don’t follow back, either their account is not active, or they’re not interested in you. Either way, go ahead and un-follow the people that don’t follow you back.

This will free up space in your network for you to be able to continue to follow your prospects on Twitter.

If you pursue this strategy, over time you will grow a highly targeted following full of potential customers.

Source

https://www.inc.com/john-white/learn-this-little-known-twitter-strategy-to-sell-t.html

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Twitter for Beginners available from Amazon by Diane Shawe Author

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10 Signs that its time for a hair Makeover

10 Signs You Need a Hair Makeover

Is  it time to redo your look?

by Diane Shawe M.Ed

SIGN 1

Your hair has no volume.

” If your hair just sits there, even after you’ve blown it dry, set it, or curled it, at the very least get a trim, or try some hair extensions for volume and lenght” says Diane Shawe of Need a Hair Makeover

SIGN 2

Your highlights are more noticeable than your base color.

“This is an indication that your highlights have become too heavy,” says Diane. The fix? Consider a single process to cover the streaks and lay off new highlights for at least three months. (Don’t worry, some of the lighter bits will naturally show through, giving you a subtler, sun-kissed effect.)

SIGN 3

Your school friends assure you that “you haven’t changed a bit!”

Guess what? It’s probably time to do just that. Start getting inspired by skrolling and collecting images of hairstyles you’d consider. Revisit them weekly until you can picture living with one of them. Next, schedule an appointment.

Checkout our  Face Shape  Blog it might help https://academyexpresscourses.com/2017/08/04/matching-your-face-shape-to-a-hair-extension-hairstyle/

SIGN 4

You’re not receiving compliments on your hair anymore.

The amount of times I have heard people say “I can’t bothered” One simple tweak to garner attention is to set your strands in hot rollers. “Of all the heat-styling tools, they produce the softest, sexiest waves.”

SIGN 5

Your hair and skin tone don’t  match.

If your hair colour and skin tones have become too close or too far apart, you could benefit from lowlights or highlights which could add a deeper, warmer overall look. If you dont want to use peroxides, then you could consider using hair extensions to add thickness and color to give your look loads of dimension without damaging your hair.

SIGN 6

Your clothes have evolved; your hair hasn’t.

Altering your clothing style is the perfect excuse to update your overall look. This way, your new look will work from head to toe — literally. For example, if you’ve recently gained weight and your having to disguise those extra curve-you might want to get a sleeker, more face-flattering hairstyle to lift your mood and divert those eyes.

SIGN 7

Brittle dry frizzy hair

Lopping off significant length may be the only way to eliminate dryness. But in the meantime, switch to a cream-based styler, deep conditioning shampoos and conditioners to add moisture to your hair, which will render it more supple and less apt to breaking

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SIGN 8

Wearing a ponytail all the time.

There are hundred of quick how to do hairstyle on YouTube. It will only take 5 minutes to impress the hell out of your friends with some creative styles.

SIGN 9

Your hair Extensions are always matting

You’ve tried everything and they still conjure themselves into a mass of tangles. Its time to get some new locks and its really worth getting a free consultation about which hair to use instead of running off to ebay. Www.bookanappointment.needahairmakeover.com

SIGN 10

Apathy, Thinking your too old for change!

I have one word, No! Pamper yourself you will feel so much better when your hair looks good and even a small facial can revive your spirits.

 

Celebs 5 most popular Hair Colours this Autumn


Jet Black

All-black everything can be daunting, the Kardashian have made it very popular however for a fresh take on this Autumn favorite, try warming up jet-black with ribbons of chestnut highlights. A few piecey, cool-toned strands like Olivia Munn’s look especially stellar on olive skin tones.

Dark Bronde

Already have a darker brownish-blond shade like Khloé Kardashian’s? Ask for a glaze. “With exposure to summer sun, your hair tends to fade and get bleached out.

Warm Copper

Consider this a marriage between dusty rose gold and deep auburn, with a warm metallic spark all its own.

On the brighter end of the copper spectrum sits Emma Roberts’ “cayenne red,” because of the rich red gleam that runs through the color. The shade contrasts her light complexion, and, maybe it’s just us, but it reminds us of autum. If you choose to go this route, it’s vital to keep the red hue from falling flat, so follow these celebrity-endorsed tips for keeping your red as vibrant as possible.

High-Contrast Roots

For anyone who dyes their hair, you understand how annoying root touch-ups can be. Instead of rushing into the salon, let your roots work in your favor this fall. By growing out your hair without a salon touch-up, it takes on a naturally lived-in appearance that celebrities like Hailey Baldwinhave proved to be fans of.

The best part of high-contrast roots, like Joan Smalls’ chic look  is that there’s pretty much zero upkeep. Simply let your roots grow in and your blond ends grow out, and sooner or later—boom—you’ve got yourself ombré hair.

Ombré

If you thought ombré was over, think again, because it’s still going strong. Get Jenna Dewan Tatum’s perfect two-tone look by going cool on top, warm on the bottom. Have your colorist add a caramel-color tone from midlengths to ends in order to soften a natural brunette base.

Sandy Beige

Great news for those of you who love ultra-blond highlights in the summertime: By adding some beige-toned streaks like Behati Prinsloo’s to your hair for fall, you’ll end up with incredibly beautiful dimension and richness. Keep the color lasting longer with a few of our favorite shine-inducing hair products.

For a different take on the shade, like Jordyn Woods’ here, aim for a sandy allover color that gradually deepens, just a touch, at the roots.

About Need a Hair Makeover

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How your face Shape affects the hair Extension style you chose

Getting right hair extension style for face shape

Hair styles, hair extensions, hairpieces and wigs should compliment the shape of your face. If you not sure about which style will be most flattering on you, use the following suggestions as a guide to find a style that works with your face shape.

At need a Hair Makeover we discuss seven different face shapes during your free consultation, diamond, heart, oblong, oval, pear, round, and square, and what styles are most appropriate for those face shapes.

To determine your face shape, look into a mirror and pull your hair back. Compare your face shape to our illustrations.

Diamond

The Diamond shaped face has wider cheekbones with a narrow chin and forehead. A diamond-shaped face allows for lots of hairstyle options.

Diamond shaped faces need a hairstyle or wig styled with fullness or width in the forehead hairline and the lower cheekbones of the face near the chin.

Hair should be styled close to the head at the upper cheekbones where the face is broadest. Bands or a layered fringe will disguise a narrower forehead.

The fullness at the jawbone with a style such as a bob or a shoulder length cut with jaunty layering to add some movement will give the illusion of a more oval shaped face. hairstyle or wig styles that tuck in behind the ears also will work well, in addition to showing off your wonderful cheek bone structure.

Heart

Heart Face shape

The Heart shaped face has a large and wider forehead, high cheek bones, with sometimes a widow’s peak hairline, and a narrow v-shaped chin.

To soften the forehead width, look for a hairstyle or wigs that allows you to bring some hair across it. Keep the hairstyle closer to the head near the eyes and fuller around the jaw, as well as below and in front of the earlobes where additional width is desired.

A chin length bob is great for this type of face shape as it makes the jaw area appear wider and more balanced with the rest of your face. Longer, layered hairstyles also work well.

Oblong

Oblong Face shape for hair extension

The Oblong shaped face has an elongated rectangular shape featuring a long straight cheekline.

The hairstyle or wig style you choose should add width to help minimize the vertical length of your face.

Look for hairstyle or wig styles that are short to medium in length with longer top layers such as wedges and graduated bob cuts. Chin and shoulder length looks that turn under or flutter out also work very well to add width. Straight across bangs, feathered bangs, or half bangs with side parts soften the forehead.

Layered styles in medium and longer lengths with wavy and curly textures will flatter the face and neck while obscuring the straight long lines of an oblong face.

Oval

Oval Face shape for hair extensions

The Oval shaped face has no one area the is more dominant than another.

An oval face is well proportioned, with the length of the face longer than the width. The oval face allows for the most versatility in hairstyle or wig choices.

Most hairstyle or wig styles whether short or long, straight or wavy are suitable. Therefore, consider your best features such as eyes, checks, or mouth and then accentuate them with your hairstyle or wig style.

Pear

Pear Face shape for hair extensions

The Pear shaped face features a distinctly narrow forehead. The cheekbones and jaw line essentially broaden to showcase a wider look, while the chin adopts a rounded shape.

With a pear shaped face it is best to look for hairstyle or wigs that will add volume above the jaw line. Layers create fullness on the upper half of the face.

Don’t be afraid to show your forehead which draws attention upward and away from a full jaw line. If you have bangs, angle them slightly and tuck them behind the ears to frame the jaw line and draw attention upward.

Hair on the sides of your head and at the nape are best set and combed in a pattern close to the head since any style too voluminous will add weight to the bottom of the face.

Round

Round Face shape for hair extensions

The Round shaped face has a round chin and hairline with the widest part of the face through the cheekbones. Wig styles with a fullness and height at the crown, but not at the ears, are a good choice.

Off center parts help reduce the roundness. hairstyle or wig with short hair styles with a swept-back direction or with hair styles that are longer than chin length should be considered. hairstyle or wig which have layering at the top to achieve fullness while keeping the rest of the cut relatively close to the face, will help make your round face shape appear longer and narrower.

Square

Square Face shape for hair extensions

The Square shaped face usually has a strong square jawline with an equally square hairline. Look for hairstyle or wig that add height to the top and narrowness at the sides.

Height at the crown will elongate the symmetrical square shape. Short-to-medium length hairstyle or wig, especially with waves or roundness around the face or wispy bangs to soften the angular shape are also good choices. Off-center parts with height at the crown look great on square shaped faces.

Wearing a hairstyle or wig with layers and wispy looks around the face is another way to soften the shape of your face.

Conclusion

So the next time your considering changing your hair, just don’t focus on what’s trending but tale into consideration your face shape.

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Detoxing with Beetroot for a healthy liver

A friend of over thirty years has just been told that she needs a liver transplant! She does not smoke or drink and use to be a aerobics teacher!

So I started to look up some advice about ways to maintain our liver health especially as most of our food and water has synthetic products added to them.

Article by Diane Shawe M.ED

Well it would seem that Beetroot support liver health (one of our main detox organs) and are full of nutrients and antioxidants. Beet roots are an incredible food and if you can use the leaves also, even better.

According to Jo Robinson, author of Eating on the Wild Side, beets are some of the highest antioxidant foods and have nine times more antioxidants than tomatoes and fifty times more antioxidants than carrots! Beets’ unique combination of phytonutrients and antioxidants have been shown to be especially helpful in reducing chronic inflammation. 

Beets have a special pigment, betalin, which strongly supports the body’s phase 2 detoxification process. 

Phase 2 detoxification is when the body neutralises and removes potentially harmful substances from the body by making them water soluble. 

Beets can also spice up your love life! They are high in boron, an element that has shown to increase testosterone levels and therefore sex drive in both sexes. 

Beets have also been shown to widen blood vessels. This increased blood flow throughout the body also supports sexual health. What about beet greens? 

Beet greens are some of the healthiest greens available at your supermarket and have a similar nutrient profile to kale. If you buy beets with the greens attached you’ll know you are buying recently harvested beets, which can also have greater nutrient levels. 

I know you can get jars of beetroot soaked in vinegar, but if you can get the freshly grown from the market I believe this will be better for you.

So what else?

Pepper It’s easy to dismiss pepper as a common spice. Its commonality almost makes it boring. What’s fascinating about peppers that it accounts for 1/5 of the total spice trade in the world! Besides adding a pleasant taste to our food, black pepper is a warming stimulant that promotes good digestion. 

I think the most amazing thing I found out about black pepper is its ability to increase the bioavailability of our herbs and foods. Adding a bit of black pepper to herbal formulas or to our dinner plate means that we have increased the qualities and nutrients available to us. 

So here’s a couple of delicious recipes to help you detox your liver.

Beetroot salmorejo

Check out our super easy recipe to make a fresh and delicious Spanish ‘Beetroot Salmorejo’

Time: 15 mins

Yield: 4 people

Ingredients include:

  • 400 g Beetroot (- Boiled)
  • 600 g Tomato
  • 8 units Strawberries (- Medium size)
  • 100 g Breadcrumbs
  • 2 cloves Garlic

Put everything in a blender, add two cups of water and blend until smooth. Pour out into small saucepan bring to boil and then turn down and simmer for 20 minutes.

Peppery Borscht

Peppery Borscht Today’s beet borscht recipe is a beloved and traditional soup from Russia. Borscht soup is a fantastic way to support your body’s natural detox abilities while enjoying a delicious soup. There are lots of different borscht recipes out there. 

In this version that I found it includes those incredibly nutritious beet greens and added extra pepper for zing and increased nutrient absorption. 

What you’ll need… 

1 1/2 cups cubed potatoes 

2 cups cubed beets 

6 cups chicken or vegetable broth 

2 tablespoons butter 

1 1/2 cups chopped onions 

4 garlic cloves minced 

1 cup chopped beet greens 

1 tablespoon caraway seeds 

2 teaspoons salt (or to taste) 

1 celery stalk, 

chopped 1 large carrot, 

sliced 3 cups coarsely chopped purple cabbage 

2-3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper 

2 bay leaves a couple 

handfuls of shitake mushrooms 

1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 

1 tablespoon honey 

1 cup tomato puree sour cream (optional) green onions for garnish 

Heat the butter in a large pot. Sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the garlic, caraway seeds, salt, pepper, bay leaves. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the celery, carrots, cabbage, beets, potatoes, mushrooms and stock. Simmer until all the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. 

Stir in the balsamic vinegar, beet greens, honey and tomato puree. Cover and simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream (optional) and green onions for garnish. 

Source of info and recipe

Rosalee de la Forêt Rosalee is the Education Director of Learning Herbs and author of Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal. She is passionate about helping people discover the world of herbalism and natural health. Rosalee teaches at international herbal conferences and runs a popular herbal mentoring program. Read more about Rosalee https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/beet-borscht-recipe/

Why it is important to use gloves when dying hair or hair extensions

What is paraphenylenediamine and where is it found?

How can paraphenylenediamine cause skin irritation when dying hair or hair extensions and where is it found?


Article by Diane Shawe Monday M.Ed 

Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) is a chemical substance that is widely used as a permanent hair dye. It may also been found in textile or fur dyes, dark coloured cosmetics, temporary tattoos, photographic developer and lithography plates, photocopying and printing inks, black rubber, oils, greases and gasoline.

People working with PPD such as hairdressers or hair extensions technicians may develop dermatitis on their hands; patch testing usually reveals hypersensitivity to PPD. Occupational allergy to PPD has been found in a milk tester whom through laboratory work was in frequent contact with PPD solution. Dermatitis on the hands and occasional spreading to the arms and upper chest occurred.


YouTube is the undisputed champion in free visual knowledge transfer. I have seen lots of hair technicians demonstrating how to dye hair and often they are not using gloves.

Unprocess virgin Hair Extensions


In 2015/6 alone nearly £15m worth of treated human hair – has been washed and sometimes dyed – was imported into the UK, according to Customs and Excise. 

It comes mainly from India, China and Europe. On top of that almost £10m worth of wigs,  false beards, eyebrows and eyelashes made from the stuff were also imported. 

Those in the trade estimate the hair extension industry alone is worth £60m in this country, although there are no official figures.

When it comes to our tresses, the rarest and most expensive is natural blonde hair, Des Tobin a professor of cell biology at Bradford University, who has studied hair and the trade.

“About 90% of the world’s population has dark brown hair,” he says. “It’s actually really hard to get natural, adult hair that is blonde. The rarity of hair colour will dictate the price. Blonde hair can cost up to three times as much as dark hair.”

Recently we have seen a flood of natural Virgin remy hair which is unprocessed enter the market place. It is a lot cheaper so an increase in home and salon hair bleaching and toning is on the rise.

PPD in Hair Dye and the importance of gloves

Millions are spent annually on home hair dyes, salon balayage and multi colour ombre colours. The use of PPD as a hair dye is popular because it is a permanent dye that gives a natural look. Hair can also be shampooed without becoming decoloured and perming to achieve waves or curls can be done without difficulty. 

PPD hair dyes usually come packaged as 2 bottles, one containing the PPD dye preparation and the other containing the developer or oxidizer. PPD is a colourless substance that requires oxygen for it to become coloured. It is this intermediate, partially oxidised state that may cause allergy in sensitive individuals. Fully oxidized PPD is not a sensitiser thus individuals with PPD allergy can wear wigs or fur coats dyed with PPD safely.

What are the reactions to PPD allergy?

Reaction caused by the use of hair dye in mild cases usually only involves dermatitis to the upper eyelids or the rims of the ears. In more severe cases, there may be marked reddening and swelling of the scalp and the face. The eyelids may completely close and the allergic contact dermatitis reaction may become widespread.

Severe allergy to PPD can result in contact urticaria and rarely, anaphylaxis. PPD has also been suspected of precipitating contact leukodermaand vitiligo in genetically predisposed individuals.

What should you do to avoid PPD allergy?


For the Technician


If you are a hairdresser or hair extensions technician, rule one when working with any chemical that could cause dermatitis is to wear gloves. I have seen many youtube demo videos were the technician is not wearing any gloves. 


For the Client


If your client have an allergy to PPD  you should avoid the use of all oxidation type hair dyes. These are usually recognised by coming in a 2-bottle preparation. If you have been informed by your client or you should have completed a client consultation form checking for allergy history (most clients won’t know what PPD is) to be safe perform a patch test or suggest a semi-permanent hair dyes which may be a suitable alternative but approximately 10% of individuals who are allergic to PPD also react to these; 


Patch testing


Patch testing to confirm sensitivity should be performed prior to their use. Metallic hair dyes and vegetable rinse hair dyes may be used but these do not provide permanent colouring. Some newer permanent and semipermanent hair dyes use para-toluenediamine sulfate (PTDS) instead of PPD. This is likely to be tolerated by about 50% of people who are allergic to PPD. Patch testing is recommended prior to use.

Related substances to PPD which may also cause an allergic reaction


Azo dyes: used in semi-permanent and temporary hair dyes, ballpoint pen inks, gasoline and diesel oil, and as colouring agent in foods and medications 
Benzocaine and procaine: these are local anaesthetics used by doctors and dentists

Sulfonamides, sulfones, sulfa drugs: 

PPD allergy may make you sensitive to the use of these drugs also, discuss with your doctor before changing or stopping your medication
Para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA): this is used in sunscreens and creams that are readily available in over-the-counter preparations. You should only used sunscreens that are labeled ‘PABA-free’. Ask your pharmacist for suitable alternatives.

Para-aminosalicylic acid: used for tuberculosis

Alternative names for paraphenylenediaminePPD or PPDAPhenylenediamine basep


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9 Ways to use Coconut Oil for Hair Extensions, Scalp and Skin

Coconut oil can work wonders on your hair extensions. It is often a problem with most hair extensions going dry or the scalp becomes itchy and dry.

After paying lots of money to have your hair done, the last thing snyone wants is a dull, shine-less heap of straw like looking hair. Coconut oil is really popular now and many conditioning products are coming up in the hair and beauty industry. For hair extensions it can be aall-in-one remedy; it can give the hair natural moisture and shine, thereby helping to restore some of the vitality and shine.

You can use coconut oil for massaging the scalp, conditioning hair, and also to make your tresses healthy and beautiful. Virgin coconut oil which is derived from fresh coconuts, can be used against several hair problems.

So, what can you use coconut oil for hair? Well, here are 9 suggestions:


1. Coconut Oil Promotes Hair Health


When it comes to accelerating hair growth, there is nothing better than coconut oil for stimulating your scalp because the fatty acids in coconut oil bind to the protein in hair to offer support to the roots as well as strands. Those with thin, flat, rough and dry hair can make their hair grow thicker, softer and shinier by using some pure virgin coconut oil on the scalp.

2. Coconut Oil Makes Hair Manageable


Coconut oil makes maintaining long hair extensions so much easier. Those who like to have their hair long should consider using coconut oil twice a week and thus slow down hair breakage and shreddage, dry hair and dull looking hair. Only use small amount so as not to make the hair feel greasy.


3. Coconut Oil Acts as a Conditioner


Many hair conditioning products have coconut as an ingredient. Coconut oil is a natural hair conditioner you can use. Owing to its easy molecular structure, coconut oil can easily penetrate into the hair shaft and work with the natural hair proteins on your own hair along with conditioning your hair extensions. This is why coconut oil for hair loss in not a myth and have been used for hundreds of years. It can be used to treat other hair-related conditions such as dry scalp or fungal conditions like seborrheic dermatitis which result in itchy flakes.

4. Coconut Oil Acts as a Hair Shampoo


A lot of shampoos contain Coconut oils. You can minimise protein loss during washing if you use coconut oil due to the presence of medium-chain triglycerides that can pass through the cell membrane and act as waterproof on the scalp and hair. Moreover, the natural antioxidants in coconut oil is better for your hair as it works naturally.

5. Massage – Coconut Oil Hair Treatment


Moisture is essential for healthy hair and is also one of the main causes of hair problems. Massaging the scalp with coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft, protects against environmental impurities and excessive heat. It enhances blood circulation and oxygen delivery to your hair, keeping them healthy.

You can mix coconut oil with lime juice and apply it to your hair; this prevents hair loss. Another benefit of massaging scalp with coconut oil is relaxation. When you feel relaxed, chemicals get released throughout your body that soothe all parts of the body, including the hair.

6. Coconut Oil Prevents Hair Loss/Hair Breakage


Coconut oil hair treatment is nothing new. Coconut oil has been used for a long time particularly by people in tropical regions. If you want to prevent hair breakage, turn to coconut oil orally and internally. Hair is one part of our body that is quite sensitive to changes in the body. Stress, malnutrition, hormone imbalance, pollution and chemicals can contribute to hair problems such as hair loss and hair breakage. When you use coconut oil on hair regularly, you don’t lose strands of hair that easy. This is how coconut oil takes care of hair breakage, hair loss and keeps other hair problems at bay.

7. Coconut Oil Prevents and treats dandruff


Dandruff, a condition of flaking and itchy scalp, is one of the common hair complaints. If you want to reduce your risk of getting it or treat it, coconut oil can help you with that. Rich in vitamin E, vitamin K and iron, coconut oil helps you get rid of dandruff besides boosting hair growth.

8. Coconut Oil Fights baldness


Some people use hair extensions to disguise hair loss. The use of coconut oil on the scalp promotes hair growth as well as counter hair loss and combat baldness. Coconut oil is an antibacterial as well as an anti-fungal and full of medium chain triglycerides which prevent hair loss besides giving the hair more body. Coconut oil use makes hair stronger and restores all the necessary natural oils, preventing hair from breaking and allowing them to grow. Coconut oil also helps reduce the loss of protein in the hair.

9. Coconut Oil other benefits

Besides hair and hair extensions, coconut and its products can aid in skin care, weight loss, digestion, metabolism and high blood pressure. When you have coconut oil, you don’t need deep conditioners, under-eye creams and lotions. Coconut oil is a wonderful natural way to make skin soft, supple and healthy.

Coconut oil in its virgin state is very oily to the touch, so you only need a little bit. Because it can be used externally, used in cooking or taken pure some so called Health experts warn against the use of coconut oil if you are on medication,  pregnant or breastfeeding, so in keeping with protocol it is advisable to seek advice from your doctor.

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