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Hair Color – Organic/Beautiful/Changeable!

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Many breakfast table conversations move into the areas of health and beauty.  We have heard just about everything people do to enhance their natural looks and we have tried everything talked about.  We don’t put everything out for you to try or know about because we want to make sure someone in the Network has tried it and thinks it is marvelous.

As you get older your hair ages just as your skin, your bones and everything else.  So trying to “fix it”, “stop it”,  “shape it up”, “strengthen it” and in this case “keep my beautiful locks” can become a constant pre-occupation. A fun pre-occupation, but time consuming – so, expecting great results goes along with the staying beautiful and always at my peak of perfection.  My grandmother used to say “when you step out of that front door you should look as though you just stepped out of a band box.”  During those years I knew what she meant.  Today, I often wonder just what is a “band box”?

Entering into this discussion  comes “Henna” – a hundreds of years old solution to all kinds of hair problems.  One not so popular today because it is simply a plant which has been mashed and ground to a powder.

Several of us have been using Henna in different ways for several years and it has turned out to be fantastic.  It has taken all those years to learn how to get the best results but it was worth the trial and error and the gnashing of teeth. My hair has never been so beautiful and we are 20 times (4) years old, or maybe its is 20 times (2) years old or maybe it is something else?

The Henna we found most usable is the kind which is pure organically grown Henna.  No chemicals of any kind added; no preservatives; no anything else – just the crushed leaves of the Henna plant.  If you are going to try Henna, make sure it is real and not a part of a mixture of other things.

Now to – how to use Henna for your hair:

First:  Wash your hair with a good shampoo.  The Henna we settled on advises that you wash your hair with a shampoo without essential oils.  I use an organic shampoo with lavender essential oil and it seems to do fine although it is possible that the Henna would last longer if I listened to the experts.

Second:  Decide with what you want to mix your Henna.  We’ve tried eggs, organic apple cider vinegar, tea, coffee, yogurt and much more.  I found eggs and organic apple cider vinegar works best in my hair which is naturally curly and can look unruly if it gets dry – which can be often.

Don’t try eggs and organic apple cider vinegar at the same time.  Try one and next time try the other.  Inbetween applying Henna I now use a raw egg in my hair after I shampoo.  Crack the egg, beat it to mix yolk and white, cover your hair with the raw egg and make sure your all hair is covered while you sit with your hair and head wrapped in something like Saranwrap or a shower cap and wrapping a towel around my head for 1/2 hour or more depending upon what else I have to do. This is the same process I use for the Henna.   If I mixed Henna with organic apple cider vinegar. then when I wash my hair in-between Henna applications I go back to using the egg as a conditioner.

I was totally amazed at what the raw egg did for my hair.  At first I thought it was the Henna, but after many tries I realized it was the raw egg.  My hair comes out softly curled in spite of my doing nothing to it after the egg application except drying the hair with a towel and putting on a bit of organic Avocado Oil to keep it from drying out.  I know the effect has not come from the Avocado Oil because I used that before I started with Henna and eggs and after a day or two my hair dried out and looked as though it was breaking off and out of control.  With the egg and Avocado Oil my hair lasts looking great for about a week before it needs to be re-washed.

I don’t use organic apple cider vinegar in-between Henna-ing my hair because I didn’t see what good it did.  When I use it combined with the Henna the color seems brighter and shinier.

Third:  Ready to apply Henna to freshly washed hair – mix the Henna powder (which is ONLY Henna leaves pounded into a powder) with one or two raw eggs which you have whipped before adding and then add enough water to this mixture to end up with something the consistency of a thick, wonderful yogurt – which, by the way, is something you can also add to Henna.(Instead of the egg or apple cider vinegar).

Those who used tea and coffee didn’t see any observable results.  Their hair didn’t change in any way neither for the good nor the bad.  It didn’t seem to affect the color nor did it seem to contribute to how long the Henna results lasted.

My results last for about two months.  After that it is time to try again.  It lasts two months not because the color changes or leaves the hair, but because the grey grows back in and I have that color line between the new growth which is grey and the Henna’d hair.  What I really like is the new growth once I put in Henna, comes out a bit lighter than the old hair and it sort of mimics the grey and dark brown of my original hair.  The lighter color around my face has a softening effect.

I also like the fact that my hair looks as though I have had it streaked as the grey throughout comes out lighter than the hair which is still dark brown and that is also an effect I love.

You have to experiment to finally get the results you like and if you enjoy variety you won’t stop there, but keep on going so each time you step out you have a new look.  Not a drastic new look, but one of which you are aware.  Friends notice how nice you look.  It isn’t dramatic enough to notice and be able to see what the changes really have been.

Fourth:  Once you have the Henna mixed the way you would like – making sure the water you add is very hot – apply Henna to your scalp and hair until you have used it all up and have a thick coating with every hair strand covered well down to the scalp and root.

Fifth:  Wrap your head and hair with something like Saran Wrap or other material which will hold heat.  If you have a salon type hair dryer – where you put your head in the bubble and turn on the heat; or a hand held dryer with the cap attached to the hose that is great.  Go ahead with either of them.

If you use the Saran Wrap or a plastic shower cap – the ones you used to get from the airlines when you travel are great for this – after you have covered your hair completely then wrap a towel around your head to keep in the heat.  If you have the salon dryer or cap style dryer turn them on for at least 1/2 hour.  The darker your hair the longer you need to keep the Henna covered and heated.

Sixth:  Once the time has passed – I keep Henna on my hair for one hour for best results for me (you have to decide your best time through trying different times) – rinse your hair thoroughly with very warm water until the Henna has all washed out.  Be very thorough in this wash.

Seventh:  After rinsing the Henna out of your hair completely, shampoo as usual, towel dry your hair, and add a bit of organic Avocado oil.

Eighth:  After all of the above go about life as normal.  If you set your hair on huge rollers, do that.  If you shake your head, do nothing and go about your business do that also.  If you comb and arrange your hair the way you would like it to look when dry and then put on a netting to keep your hair in place while it dries – do that also.

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Weight loss – Health – Beauty

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

by: Marceline Donaldson

Those of you who know me know I am almost passionate about organic everything – especially food.  It is a rare day to come into my home and find food that is not organic.  Yes, it cost more initially – but yes it has benefits which justify the cost and which, in the long run actually show you it costs much less, over the long term,  to eat organically and surround yourself with a total organic life.  Your benefits include better health.

A few of us have just finished a short, but very productive experiment.  We worked together to get everything out of our lives that was not organic – food, cleaning products, cosmetics, etc………….The result?  We lost weight – have more energy – feel better – and our looks, well, let me not brag, but we look sensational!

Now being at that age where hair turns grey – that is where I started.  A couple years ago I started using hair dye.  All during that time I worried and imagined what that was doing to my health and sure enough the literature was showing me horrible possibilities that I could hardly contemplate. It is not for nothing that it is suggested that pregnant women refrain from dying their hair.   None of those possibilities pointed squarely at the hair dye, but they came awfully close.  So, I recently changed to using Henna and other natural herbal possibilities.  It struck me that these are probably what our ancestors used in the dim historic times before the oligarch’s took over this world to make themselves ultra rich and me and those like me ultra poor.

Lots of “I’s” in the above paragraph because “I” am the only one who did the hair thing.  Everyone else continued on with their hair dye.

It has taken a few months to get this Henna thing straight, but I am amazed at the results.  Henna, for those of you who don’t know, is an herb which is commonly used in the middle-east and other places for hair, body decorations, etc.

The first time I tried henna nothing happened.  My hair looked nice, but the color didn’t change.  The next time I poured lost of Apple Cider Vinegar into the Henna 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar made the color work beautifully.  About six weeks later, as the grey started to peep through I used Henna with the addition of a couple of organic eggs.  The results were even better.  I had an uneven hair color which looked sensational.  The ends of my hair were lighter than the rest and all through were these little bits of light.

The third time I used Henna was with the addition of very strong organic chamomile tea and my hair is now multi colors.  Would not have gone for that on purpose, but this accident is incredibly beautiful.  (Sorry, I have never been known for my modesty).  I totally didn’t know what I was doing, but experiment was on the table.  I was trying to eliminate as much of the red as possible and looking for a yellow gold brown combination.  I didn’t get that, but what I did get I like better.  Accidents can be wonderful.

One of our small group got rid of all eggs, milk, butter unless they were from grass-fed cows and organic.  Yogurt was added – but yogurt from goats.  And then the organic coconut oil used as an all over massage oil.  But someone else used Grapeseed oil as a massage oil – and yet someone else used Avocado oil.  Can’t believe how good we look.

I have become addicted to splashing organic whole plant Aloe Vera on my face first thing in the morning and leaving it on adding liquid Vitamin C and Vitamins A and E during the day.  Sometimes I add vitamin B in different forms when I feel stressed out.  Can’t let old age creep in too quickly – and bless you, it is working.  Don’t think I look old.  I think I look about 50 years old.  And isn’t that the age cosmetic people advertise as “old age”?  When I was actually 50 I wasn’t worried about wrinkling, etc. I was still busy “striving”.  Didn’t think I looked old then and neither would those models advertising how 50 is the new 30.  With our regimen 80 is the new 40 and much cheaper.

A side benefit that we all found is the weight loss from this change to organic everything.  We did not set out to lose weight.  That was far from our thoughts although we all needed to lose quite a bit of weight.  There is now no need to go on special diets – no need to eat special “diet foods” – no need to receive those meals from all over the globe to keep your weight down.  Simply make sure that the meat, milk, vegetables, etc. are all organically grown.  And, dessert fits right in.  Nothing like an apple tart made with apples on top of a custard base to make afternoon tea special and weight loss possible if all the ingredients, especially the flour for the tart crust, is organic whole wheat flour.  the story of what sent me from white non-organic flour to organic whole wheat flour is elsewhere in the Bettina Network Blog.  But, be careful, not all organic whole wheat flour is equal.  Some cheat.  That is one problems with organic everything, you have to be conscious of what you eat, cook and give to others because all organics are not equal, some reach that line and barely squeak pass – and they squeak pass only because there are the billionaires who want more and let their greed cheat us out of good, organically grown food.  Aren’t processed foods that which made millionaires by the tens of thousands and dramatically increased the ranks of both the billionaires and the homeless?

The big secret to weight control that we’ve found is starting the day with a very healthy and substantial breakfast.  As we see more and more people we are beginning to be appalled at what today passes for ‘breakfast’.  A sweet roll out of the worst kind of flour and the most over processed sugar on the globe.  However, some aren’t even made of sugar – the processed food people have discovered that fructose corn syrup is cheaper than sugar and goes further and that is what is now used – could over processed and over refined white sugar one day become a ‘health food’ or a ‘historic food’ from the distant past as this trend continues and we become sicker as a world?  And indeed it is a world wide phenomena as copy cats come into existence picking up and producing all of the worst products for our health, but the most financially lucrative.  Is that what is driving the health crisis we are facing and trying to ignore and deny?

Follow our “Health” and “Health and Beauty” blogs and we believe you will be wealthier, wiser and healthier.  A side affect will be your increase in beauty.  You will be wiser because you have to take control and know what you are eating and putting on your skin. – Following the advice of the marketing/advertising people is not an option.  They have a vested interested and not in your health and beauty.  Those healthy and beautiful looking models have had their pictures air brushed and god knows what else has been done to them.  It is no accident that models are now in their early teen years.  The models of old had to be at least 35 to be considered because clothes and other things didn’t look good on you until you reached that point.  Today you are considered old at 40 and many people look the part.  Ask them their lifestyle habits and you will see why.

Going to bed with the birds and getting up with the birds is not a bad habit to cultivate.

In the beginning of your journey into health and fitness being suspicious of even processed foods which look healthy is also not a bad habit to cultivate.  Learn where your food is grown and by who?  Learn the politics behind the foods you are being offered – which means if a particular food is brought to your awareness many times first look to see if a political reason is behind that promoting!  You will be surprised.

We did not always have so many hospitals nor did we have so many people sick and dying.  That is a modern phenomena!  We did not have children’s hospitals because there were not enough sick children to justify such.  The elderly died – they didn’t waste away with awful diseases – and people lived into old age with old age not being into their 40’s and 50’s but into their 80’s, 90’s and beyond.  How do I know?  I lived a life in which I saw all of that and I have seen the development of this new health industry where we are all sick and being sent on a regular basis to the doctor.  We have just discovered the way we sent women to get x-rays to determine if they have breast cancer has helped to cause some women to develop breast cancer.  Take your life and your health into your own hands and stop being led by those who profit from your bodies.

Just as fear created and grew the insurance industry – fear is feeding and growing the “health industry”.

Take a look at the products you use to clean your house! Lethal – with off gases that could take down an ox!  We don’t even know what other kind of ‘products’ we could use to do a better job and which would keep our home clean and its environment healthy.   We have lost that knowledge because we have cut off our family’s advice – we look to those trying to sell us something for advice.  Or we look to our peers who look to those marketing experts.  We need to get out and share with each other what we know that is real.  That knowledge from past generations has all but disappeared so look for those who still have a bit and try it.

One thing wrong with immigrants – some still have that knowledge and it could kill this killer society’s profits.  Try making friends with those who have recently come from other countries, especially if they’ve come from outlying areas rather than overcrowded cities trying to develop western ways.

And more to come from our little band of beauties.

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Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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Coconut Oil Toothpaste?

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
A new kind of toothpaste?

A new kind of toothpaste?

Just when you think you know everything about a food along comes Dr. Mercola and mercola.com with something new.

If you have not subscribed to the mercola.com newsletter, we suggest you do so as soon as possible.

Their latest entry is  “6 Reasons to Start Using Coconut Oil as Toothpaste”.  To subscribe go to www.mercola.com and enter your email address where it says “subscribe now.”  In the search box put “Coconut Oil as Toothpaste.”  You won’t be sorry and you will be challenged to think and be conscious about your choices in food and other things.

Coconut oil to inhibit growth of bacteria responsible for tooth decay is a new one on even Bettina Network’s Blog.  We use it to clean and oil furniture; to put on the hair after washing it; using it instead of Olive Oil for cooking – we still use Olive Oil for salads where it is hard to beat – and we still use Peanut Oil for frying; and occasionally for an all over massage, but It has taken a little bit of daring to use it for toothpaste.  We will give it the Old School try and see what happens.

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Helping you Keep Cool in the Heat!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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Do you have a difficult time coping with the heat and high humidity?  A recent breakfast conversation around a Bettina Network table just might come to your rescue!

We can’t guarantee results, but this breakfast conversation was intriguing and we tried the suggestions.  It worked for us.  Which reminds me, if you want to be one of those who tests suggestions from Bettina Network breakfast conversations, let us know, we will send you the conversation and you send us your results.

There were many suggestions on how to deal with the heat and high humidity.  The one which intrigued us was the massage with Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Juice.  We’ve heard that before and may have written about it, but given the weather around the country we thought we would take a flyer and risk repeating ourselves.

Everyone has their favorite thing to do when the temperature rises.  We heard about hot tea on a hot day to cool off! We heard about sitting in front of the refrigerator with the door open – one we would not recommend.  We heard about taking hot showers so you could come out of the shower and cool off.  But the Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Juice worked for us.

Take a shower – warm, not hot.  No soap please, just plain water.

After the shower and after you dry off, give yourself a massage with the Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Juice.  You will find it is cool to begin with and as you give yourself a massage you will feel yourself begin to cool down.  If you do this before bed you will sleep comfortably or you can even give yourself a massage, get dressed and go out.  No, you don’t have to rinse it off.

How to find Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Juice?  We tried several and wound up liking the  “Lakewood” brand best.

I went crazy and also massaged my hair and scalp with the Aloe Vera Gel.  Since I was not going out I took the risk of looking horrible to everyone who came into the house if things didn’t work with the Aloe Vera Gel.  I was pretty sure it would not make my hair fall out, but I wasn’t sure about anything else.  I know a couple people in the Bettina Network have tried it, but haven’t shared their trials or results with me.

It worked beautifully.  I have been looking for something organic to give my hair a fuller look since it is starting to thin. This accidental side effect of this experiment worked perfectly.  I added a bit of organic, virgin, expeller pressed coconut oil and that gave a tiny bit of a sheen that I liked.  The two are a perfect combination.  Since then, I also tried clipping a capsule of vitamin E into my hand and massaging it on top of the Organic Aloe Vera Gel and that worked even better.  Which one to use, I think, is probably dependent upon the texture of your hair and how dry or how oily it is.

Another version discussed was Organic Aloe Vera Gel with an infusion of peppermint.  Not only did we find this combination cooling, but it gave us a nice smell during the day – and it is difficult to smell great on a hot day.  Either you try perfume and alienate everyone you come in contact with or you use nothing and maybe you will or won’t make it through the day.

Being a child of the heavy marketing that has gone on over the past few decades, and having been gullible enough to buy their messages it took a while for me to realize they were  selling you the same product in different packages and under different brand names and at different prices, I have developed a horror of smelling and a need to be ‘clean’ – television commercial ‘clean’.   I’ve used every tooth paste, deodorant, lotion, perfume, hair product, etc. that has been advertised to be the person pictured in the marketing and advertising. In the long-run, however, that only hooked me into spending money for nothing except to hurt my health, slowly, over a long period of time, but hurtful nevertheless.   First I was paranoid about having a bad body odor, now it is about just smelling at all.  I even give ugly looks to people who smell of very expensive perfume and other products guaranteed to give you a body-smell-good day if you pay the very high price for the products.  When you think about it, their high price is totally justified because they have to pay for the product ingredients (about 3% of the total price) and that huge marketing and advertising bill.

The only substances we used besides the Organic Aloe Vera Gel and Juice was our favorite Organic Apple Cider Vinegar splashed under the arm in the arm pits.  I wasn’t ready to take a chance of the Aloe Vera Gel alone taking on the job of keeping me smelling nice and fresh on a hot and very active day.  It might have been able to do that, but someone else will have to try that experiment.  My apple cider vinegar splashed on top of the Aloe Vera Gel worked the entire day with not even a hint of a smell.

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Aloe Vera and Coconut Oil

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

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“Thanks for your blog.  I ‘ve found this great combination and want to share it with your readers!

I’ve been using Coconut Oil as a massage oil for quite some time.  I started when the research started to come out that Coconut Oil had been given a bad rap.  It would be interesting to know who sabotaged the reputation of a really great health-giving oil.  You can use it as a cosmetic, to cook with (great for those who can’t have dairy), and for many other uses.

There are claims that coconut oil helps Alzheimer’s.  I don’t know if that is true or not, but I always rub coconut oil vigorously into my scalp after I shower and wash my hair.  It makes my hair look fantastic.  But then I have naturally curly hair.  For those of you with naturally straight hair – you unfortunate few – I would think if you massaged it into your scalp before you washed your hair (at night before you go to bed) and then wash it out when you bathe or shower in the mornings before going out it should work wonders for you too.

Being sold on the benefits of coconut oil, you can imaging how excited I was to discover the good benefits I found from combining aloe vera gel and coconut oil.

I give myself a massage with aloe vera gel – you could do the same with the juice or the whole plant, both are available in organic food stores.  And, make sure you get the organic kind.  You don’t want to massage anything into your skin, showing up in your blood stream, which has ingredients in it you can’t pronounce.

After the aloe vera gel massage I give myself another massage with coconut oil.  I don’t know what it does, but the results make me look quite stunning and well rested.  I know it isn’t harming me or giving me a temporary fix so I heartily recommend the combination.  You can especially see what this combination does when you use it on your face.  Your face needs much more attention because it is exposed constantly – this has helped me tremendously – it also helps me in the energy department.

P. S. I haven’t used the Bettina Network for bed and breakfast yet, but I am going to call you for my next trip.  Thanks again for this blog I like the way you will present many different views.  You must have all kinds of people staying in your homes – it is so rare to find a place which gives exposure to all instead of one small point of view.  You would never succeed running for Congress.”

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Hair Beauty and Aloe Vera

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

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“I tried the Aloe Vera Gel after bathing, using it to give myself a massage, and it was great.
Not having anyplace to go when I tried it the second time I went a step further and massaged Aloe Vera Gel into my hair.  What an incredibly fantastic result.  I hate using the “setting lotions” promoted by the cosmetic industry because they dry out my hair.  The Aloe Vera Gel (organic) did what I wanted setting gels to do although better.  I am hooked.
The second time around I tried Aloe Vera Gel after a steam bath and how sensational was that. I must admit I was a bit worried because when I put it on my face, my face turned bright red and became pretty hot.  I wasn’t sure what I had done to myself, but I used your avocado oil on top of the Aloe Vera Gel and lightly rubbed it in.  After about five minutes the redness and heat went away.  I felt as though I had just had a face lift when I looked at myself in the mirror. Maybe you have to be old and wrinkly to get the same results, but I had a wonderful time that day as I ran my errands.  Just about everyone I talked to that day commented on how great I looked.  Comments like – ‘you don’t even have those bags under your eyes anymore’.  That was a difficult comment to hear because I wasn’t aware I had dark bags under my eyes.
That result didn’t last a long time, however.  Two-three days later I looked tired again.
I have used the Aloe Vera Gel regularly (twice a week) and I can’t believe the results.  Twice weekly because I don’t want the tired look to come back and it hasn’t.  I’ve looked ‘tired’ since I was about 60 and while friends sometimes commented on my ‘tired’ look, I didn’t feel tired so it was a bit frustrating.  That’s all gone now, thanks to you.
I now use the avocado oil over the Aloe Vera Gel and my skin looks smooth, shiny and very elegant.  I look 20 years younger and a few million dollars richer.  My skin now has that dewy, shiny look that I used to love.  It had a dry, parched, wrinkly look that I was resigned to.
When I don’t want such a shiny look – which is when I get dressed in the evening for a special event I use your dry milk idea and put dried milk on a tissue and use it the way I used to use powder.  It has a little whitish look right after I put it on, but in a few minutes that is gone and I look mat-finish great.
My problem is – I was not able to find organic avocado oil.  Do you have a source for this? Please advise soonest because I have become a total organic freak from reading and trying stuff on your blog.  You will probably hear from me often, but please, if you publish my notes to you (emails when I learn the computer), please, please, don’t use my name.”
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Keeping Hair Healthy

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

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As you grow old you will notice your hair gets drier and it becomes “fly away” hair.  If your hair was naturally curly, it now no longer holds a curl for more then a day.
TO BEGIN:
Wash your hair and let it dry.  (That’s simple enough).
You need two or three organic eggs for this treatment – depending on the length of your hair.
Crack open the eggs put them in a small bowl and whip with a fork – not a lot, just a little as though you were going to make scrambled eggs.  Part your hair with a comb and with your fingers scoop up the raw egg and rub it into your scalp, right in the part.  Continue parting your hair – at small intervals of no more than 1/2 inch and repeat the process of scooping up the raw egg and rubbing it into the new part.
When you have finished rubbing the raw eggs into your scalp, take what is left over and put it on the rest of your hair.  Scoop the hair up onto your head and make sure it is totally covered and wet with the raw egg.
Massage your hair and scalp for a minute or two.  You will find the eggs act like soap and will foam a little bit.  That’s good!!  Just think of all the good omega-3, protein and other good nutrients  going into your scalp.
Put a shower cap over your hair and let the eggs soak into your hair and scalp for about 1/2 hour.
With the little egg left over in the bowl, give yourself a facial.  Gently rub the raw egg all over your face. I use it on my eye lids and also under my eyes.  Lie down for the 1/2 hour you need for this face and scalp egg treatment to work, with your feet up.
This egg facial is also a nice change from the Vitamin A and dry milk facial we outlined for you in another one of these articles.
Did you know that whatever you put on your skin or scalp shows up in your blood stream almost immediately?  So don’t complicate things, use organic eggs laid by hens that run around in the sun all day, otherwise, don’t bother.  We think it is a waste of time and resources.  Just stop a minute and think of what’s in your blood stream when you dye your hair or use those ingredients you can neither spell nor pronounce.
Rinse the eggs out of your hair and off your face after 1/2 hour.  DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR, ONLY RINSE OUT THE EGGS. You might increase this beauty treatment for your hair by clipping a vitamin E capsule and putting it on your hair for a little oil to be absorbed.
This is best done twice a week – if you are over 80 years old.
Once a week if you are over 70 years old
Every other week if you are 70 or younger.
In a few months you should see great results.  The baby hair that used to be around my face is beginning to grow back since I started this regimen.
When you start getting great results, do write and let us know.  Testimonials are always good for those doubting Thomasinas among us.
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Republican Women Unite

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

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It is time for a revolution! And for some basic change!!!!!!

I’ve noticed as the hair turns grey, many of you get on the “blue” band wagon and put the traditional laundry bluing in your hair.

It is beautiful, with the silvery blue look that it takes on – however – you have been cast as being “red” – from “red” states and all of that. So take your political assignment seriously and start to look the part. (Society has made an interesting symbolic choice for you, especially given the fact that when we were young, “red” had a different meaning. If you were from a “red” state, McCarthy would probably have called you up before his House on UnAmerican Activities Committee).

So it is time to change your hair and publicly acknowledge your party affiliation. Not in a hat wearing, banner waving, slogan yelling way, but far more subtle and much more sophisticated. Political Correctness is important in this modern world, so instead of the laundry bluing, which is really more characteristic of Democratic women with their “blue state” origins than it is of you, get out your bottle of beta carotene – the vitamin A capsules from carrots in oil – and let us start a politically motivated health and beauty change.

This is also very healthy and good for your hair, unlike the bluing, which dries it out – or the hair dye, which is probably the cause of so much cancer in women – the beta carotene costs only pennies. You can give the money you save to charity.

For the few pennies this costs we could convert many women to Republicanism from welfare, the homeless, from the lower-middle-income category. This is also an excellent plank to add, under the diversity section, to the National Republican Party Platform when it is drawn up.

How to achieve “Republican Hair”?

1. Wash your hair – any good organic shampoo will do.

2. Wipe it with a towel to get the excess water out. Don’t dry it, just sort of wring it out.

3. Clip the tip of a capsule of beta carotene – making sure you have the kind with the oil inside.

4. Squeeze the contents of the capsule into the palm of your hand. This will turn your palms orange for a little while, but ignore that, it is healthy for your hands as well as your hair. If you really get carried away you can clip another capsule to put on your face. You will have to rinse your face with lots of water before going out to avoid stares, but your wrinkles will be gone! Well sort of gone!!!!!

5. Lightly and gently rub your palms together and then put the beta carotene oil in your hair. Rubbing your hands over your hair the way you would with any oil. You want to make sure you have a good, but not excessive application.

6. If your hair is shoulder length or longer you will probably need two capsules. If you add the facial you will need three!

7. Don’t blow dry your hair. This will defeat the purpose as the heat from the blow drying will get rid of the color. It will also probably get rid of the vitamins which you want to feed your hair on the way to making you politically correct.

8. This works best if you set your hair on rollers and let it dry naturally. After a few treatments with beta carotene, drying will be quick because your hair won’t hold all that water after washing – a plus for our side. Younger Republican Women won’t understand this since they have this wash and wear hair. They could reach political correctness if they put the beta carotene in their hair and instead of blow drying before leaving home, they went about their business with their hair still wet from the shower – as many do. (And we wonder why the number of people with pneumonia has skyrocketed of late.)

The rollers are well understood by that upper-middle-aged generation, which the young and haughty will join soon enough.

SOME CAUTIONS:

A. This hair treatment will help you understand why our female ancestors wore those frilly, dainty, lacy, shower-cap-like
contraptions to bed. If you don’t do the same, your pillow case will be orange in the morning! Although mine washed out just fine, yours might or might not.

B. The red color will last two or three days at most. The Vitamin A benefits continue much longer, but the color fades. It doesn’t exactly disappear, but it just sort of fades leaving your original hair color, with its grey looking as though it has a blond overcast. To make the color go away completely, simply wash your hair – and then start over again.

A PERSONAL NOTE: My hair color faded at breakfast in the midst of an exciting conversation. Folks around the table were a little awestruck as they watched my hair fade from carrot red with darker red streaks to its original dark brown with grey streaks. Although the color didn’t entirely disappear. It just sort of faded, leaving my original hair color with a blond twinge.

The health benefit? My hair has never been healthier. With all the other thngs I try, this one definitely helped old hair turn young.

Enjoy!

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