Woman develops waxy buildup in hair after using ‘cheap’ shampoo for 30 years – National

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Even with thick, shiny hair, some people can have plastic-like buildup hiding in plain sight.

In March, Boston-based hairstylist Daleen Jordan posted a video on Instagram of one of her clients who had been using an inexpensive drugstore shampoo for years. In the now-viral video, according to Today.com, Jordan uses a technique with scissors to slowly scrape off the buildup from her client’s hair.

“This is build up from waxes silicones and parabens. Silicone is almost like rubber or plastic and is used as a sealant against water and even air.”

“[Silicone is] not a natural ingredient and its side effects are bad for our hair,” she wrote on the social media site. “It gives your hair the illusion of shine, but it’s not the shine we want.”

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She added that when we add heating tools to the mix, it “laminates” the hair. “It’s also not allowing your natural oils and/or the ingredients in a proper shampoo to penetrate to the core center of your hair, it’s just sitting on top of that build up causing greasiness, flat, lifeless hair. ”

Speaking with Today.com, Jordan said this client, in particular, was using shampoo with certain types of silicone for 30 years.

“A lot of those shampoos include dimethicone, which is a silicone that is not water-soluble. When I’m shampooing someone’s hair or blow-drying it, I can literally feel the buildup.”

What buildup does to our hair

Frederic Bataclan, a senior stylist and colourist based in Toronto, told Global News that over time, this type of buildup creates a barrier for other hair services.

“It won’t allow salon chemical services like keratin treatments, colour or any salon services to penetrate deep into the hair,” he said. “The person will not receive the full effect of the salon service.”

He added hair will also lose its natural shine if there is too much buildup, “due to the silicone blocking the proper salon treatment to go in and do its job. You will be receiving false shine with your hair.”

According to Self magazine, silicone is a very commonly used hair care ingredient.

“While often maligned, silicones are actually one of the most effective ingredients in both hair and skin care products. Silicones work by covering hair with a thin hydrophobic (waterproof) coating,” author Shannon Romanowski wrote.

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She added silicone can reduce the porosity of hair, reduce moisture loss and lubricate the surface. There are also different types of silicones that react differently with hair. Cyclomethicone is one of the commonly used ones, she added.

“It’s a volatile silicone, which means it evaporates and won’t build up on your hair. It gives a silky, smooth feel and leaves the hair with incredible slip when wet and is found in both leave-on and rinse-off products.”

She argued the ingredient has more benefits than negatives, as long as you wash your hair.

“Silicones are very effective conditioners, provide great shine and can help smooth and straighten hair.”

Other experts noted silicone itself is not harmful to hair.

Michelle Tasios, professional development manager at L’Oréal Canada, added this type of buildup can come from different avenues, not just shampoo: “Environmental factors, hard water in the shower, improper cleansing of styling or leave-in products, and ‘mass market’ products that use a heavier concentration of silicones and waxes.”

How should we be shopping for shampoo?

Bataclan said one of the biggest mistakes people make with hair is using just any type of shampoo.

“Do not use products that target all hair types,” he said. “Every person is different and has different hair needs. Read the ingredients. The ones on top of the list is what it’s mostly filled with.”

While he recognized salon products, in particular, are more expensive, for some people, it may be worth it.

“As I’ve always said to my clients, ‘Invest in your hair, it’s your crown.’”

Shampoo type and treatments will also differ if you are a black woman, according to Essence — it is always important to ask a stylist the best treatment that will work for you.

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“[Speak with] a salon stylist who can fully customize a hair care routine and ensure we are using the correct products for our hair type, density, texture and colour,” Tasios said.

“It is important to have a proper analysis from someone who can see, feel and examine your hair in order to diagnose the best system for you.”

And depending on the client, Tasios said, a weekly or monthly clarifying shampoo can help to remove thick residue, but it is important to ask an expert first.

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When should your child stop using a stroller? – National

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Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, of Jersey Shore fame, was on vacation with her family at Disney World when she posted a photo of her kids Giovanna, four, and Lorenzo, six, seated in strollers.

The photo, shared to Instagram on Wednesday, sparked debate about whether Polizzi’s kids are too old to be pushed around.

Some users suggested Giovanna and Lorenzo were too big for strollers, while others defended Polizzi, saying: “If she wants to put her kids in a stroller, let her!”

Polizzi, who is expecting her third child this summer, wrote back: “They walk! But in large crowds, I prefer they sit their a****s down. Saves me the stress of not losing my offspring.”

Polizzi has since deleted the comment.

One user said the photo was “a perfect example of why Disney is enforcing stricter guidelines on strollers,” referring to Disney’s new stroller policy, which will take effect May 1.

According to Disney World, strollers greater than 31 inches in width and 52 inches in length will be prohibited. “Stroller wagons” will also be banned.

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While strollers can be great for outings that require lots of walking, parenting expert Alyson Schafer cautions against overuse.

“Out of context, I don’t think anyone should judge anyone who’s got a kid in a stroller because we don’t know the situation,” said Schafer.

“Whether it’s a stroller or putting kids in a pull wagon… all of those things are called ‘passive transport,’ and if it means that the entire vacation… is going to be better accommodated by younger kids, I think it’s a really fantastic idea.”

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However, Schafer is worried that using strollers all the time can become unhealthy.

“We have a crisis of obesity,” said Schafer. “We do not put demands on our kids to actually walk, including four-year-olds being carried everywhere or put in strollers for short distances even though they can walk.”

Parenting coach Robina Uddin thinks you should encourage your child to walk whenever they can, but training is required before they can go long distances without help.

“I don’t think a child should be in a stroller beyond three years,” said Uddin. “After 24 months, you should be weaning your child [off the stroller] with little bursts of walk that lead up to longer walking periods.”

Otherwise, Uddin said, you’re not giving the child the exercise they need.

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For Schafer, it’s up to parents to get kids doing more active — rather than passive — transport.

“They’re not going to get any stronger and be able to actually walk a farther distance if we don’t train them, just like us training for a 10-kilometre run,” said Schafer.

The age at which your child is ready to graduate from stroller to walking will depend solely on their physical development.

“A rule of thumb: take time for training and then never do for a child what a child can do for themselves,” Schafer said. “If your four-year-old can walk to the mailbox and you know they can and they’ve done it before then that’s it. It’s no longer a stroller option.”

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According to Uddin, a big issue is when the stroller becomes less a comfort for the child and more a crutch for the parents.

“Parents will go to the mall and put the kids in the wagon because they’re not walking fast enough, and that’s a disservice to the children,” said Uddin. “The child will not really develop the strength and conditioning if they’re not allowed to do the walking.”

Your child’s legs may get tired after 30 minutes, but if you don’t ask them to walk one hour now, they won’t be able to walk one hour later, Uddin told Global News. At some point, she explains, parents need to put in the work.

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If your child is confused about why their little brother or sister still gets to use the stroller, explain that everyone in the family plays a role.

“There are some brilliant devices out there right now. There are strollers where a baby can go in the stroller part but there’s a standing part at the back so older kids aren’t being infantilized,” said Schafer.

Another good option is to allow the older child to use a scooter alongside the stroller.

“[That way], they can keep up with the parents, and it feels a little more independent,” Schafer added.

Ultimately, it’s important to teach your child that different people have different needs.

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If your child puts up a fuss about not being allowed to take the stroller, try to put a fun spin on their new mode of transportation.

“You could say ‘let’s race home,’” said Uddin. “Distract them every time they want to go into the stroller with something fun you’re doing on the way.”

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Whether your child loves to be carried, pushed in a stroller or pulled in a wagon, there will come a time when they’re too old.

“You can speak to any doctor, and they’ll tell you that one of the biggest things we’re doing wrong is carrying our kids when they’re way too old,” said Schafer. Not only do the children get too heavy to be lifted, but they come to rely on being carried for when they’re feeling lazy, she explains.

“Make [walking] a non-negotiable. They’ll get it if you’re consistent.”

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Couple celebrating 82 years of marriage reveals sweet secret to their success – National

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What’s the key to a long-lasting marriage? That’s what everyone is asking one North Carolina couple on their milestone wedding anniversary.

D.W. Williams, 103, and Willie Williams, 100, celebrated 82 years of marriage and their recent birthdays on Sunday at a party hosted by their daughter and granddaughter, WSOC-TV reports.

The Charlotte couple have been through many ups and downs together, including the Great Depression and the civil rights movement, during their 80-plus year relationship.

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“She was good looking,” D.W. told local news outlet WCNC of when he first saw Willie in 1937.

“I felt the same way,” she replied laughing.

D.W. and Willie Williams sharing a kiss.


So how did they make their marriage last over eight decades?

“People may not believe [it] but we have never been the type that would fuss and fight,” the 100-year-old wife said. “We just find funny things to talk about.”

The couple’s granddaughter, BJ Williams-Greene, told WSOC-TV that her grandparents model inspirational behaviour.

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“It’s communication and loving each other and working together,” Williams-Green said. “They are each other’s best friend.”

Willie said that there’s no one way to make a marriage work, but does believe in kindness.

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“I don’t have a secret,” Willie told WSOC-TV. “Be nice to each other.”

The couple also goes to church every Sunday, and says God is an important part of their lives.

Research shows that kindness is one of the keys to a happy and successful relationship.

One study out of the University of California on long-term married couples found that “positive emotion increases, and negative emotion decreases with age.”

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In other words, the research found that with time, positive traits like humour become more prevalent, while negative interactions like fighting decrease.

Research on marriage out of Australia found that there are certain characteristics that help a relationship succeed. These include trust, enjoyment of each other, a cherished history together and a balance of power.

When WSOC-TV asked what they would do if they had another 100 years together, the couple said: “I don’t know, sit around the house.”

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