ONYC Health & Wellness Guide

7 Foods that can Hurt your Health during Christmas Holiday

Parties here and there are being held to celebrate the Holidays and while we at ONYC Hair also enjoy celebrating over food and drinks, we want to send a gentle reminder for everyone to exercise caution and control in indulging in the Christmas fare. If you can’t resist the sumptuous menu this holiday, make sure you practice portion control especially if you intend to treat yourself to these 7 rich, fattening and indulgent Christmas foods. ‘This is the season to be jolly but we want your happiness to extend.

1. Breads, Bagels, Pasta, White rice, Doughnuts and other Carb-dense foods.Breads, bagels, pasta, white rice, doughnuts and other carb-dense foods.

You know about the good and the bad carbohydrates, right? Ensure that your gut flora remains balanced by moderating your intake of food with high ratio of carbs as compared to their weight.

2. Packaged and processed food.
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Christmas is a time for giving so why not give the gift of time and skip the processed food. Cook for your family, friends and loved ones and avoid packaged foods which are rich in trans-fats.

3.  Too much Christmas ham.

Drenched in salt and glazed with sugar,

Drenched in salt and glazed with sugar, this Christmas food can increase your acidity if you eat too much of it.

4. Sugar-loaded candy canes.

Sugar-loaded candy canes.

The striped sweets are truly tempting but this sugar stick can aggravate acidity, double your blood sugar level and cause plaques and dental carries.

5. High-calorie eggnogs are flavorful and rich and creamy.

High-calorie eggnogs are flavorful and rich and creamy.

But a glass contains 150 grams of cholesterol and 400 calories so while it can add some holiday cheer, it can also add a few extra pounds of post-holiday weight. Pair your eggnog with a Christmas pudding and have it every night of December and you’re sure to spoil your health.

6. Alcohol.

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The sparkling cheer of the holidays can be celebrated with just a shot or two.You don’t need to finish a dozen beer cans or use up the entire collection in your cellar. You don’t want to be intoxicated that you’d miss all the Christmas Eve fun.

7. Chocolate gift boxes.

Chocolate gift boxes.

We know you’ll receive lots of it and we know you’re excited to indulge but try to control the urge to finish them all in one sitting. They’re sweet and so delectable but they are also loaded with calories. Take sweets in moderation so you can still try a portion of everything on the Christmas menu.

More than hair care tips and enumerating what you need to know about hair extensions, ONYC guide also shares tips and tricks to help you live a healthy lifestyle. After all, the food you eat affects the overall functioning of your body which means it also affects the health of your skin, nails and hair. You can still enjoy the holidays without causing harm to your health. Just be cautious and never forget to have a balanced meal. We hope that this ONYC guide can help you have a joyful, scrumptuous yet healthy Christmas celebration.

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Happy Hair Care From Around The World

Here at ONYC® Hair International, we are devoted to bringing you innovative, cost-effective and helpful tips to boost your hair care, and to dispense that beautiful you!

Today, we are offering up hair care tips from around the world! They are practical and call for easy-to-reach products and items. These natural products will enhance your and your ONYC® tresses, whatever the texture may be. Whether Mongolian Kinky Curly, Curly Addiction 3B, or one of our Mongolian Straight Textures – such as the Mongolian Relax Textures or the Mongolian Straight 1B…. Whatever your choice, check out these unprocessed remedies and let us know how they work for you and your hair needs!!

1) Coconut Milk Shampoo – Thailand 

This local recipe has been passed around Thailand’s social circles.  To create the shampoo, grate and squeeze a coconut to get the milk. Follow by heating the milk on the stove until the oil separates. Then spoon out the oil and let it cool before applying it to the hair just as with shampoo. It will add moisture, softness, and shine to the hair.

2) Scalp Focus – Japan

The belief among Japanese women is that beautifully healthy hair begins at the roots. Therefore according to Japan-born stylist Takamichi Saeki –  hair salon owner in New York, women in Japan will use treatments to exfoliate and deeply cleanse their scalps repeatedly during the week or before every blow-dry and styling. You can acquire effective over-the-shelf exfoliating scalp products or create some at home using sugar and olive oil blended together until it creates a paste. One brand recommended by Saeki are the Nigelle LX products. He comments that they are; “very popular because they are gentle yet effective.”

 

 

3) Eucalyptus Treatment from Australia 

You’ve heard of supermodel Elle Macpherson, right? Definitely check out the Aussie’s long, and glowing hair. Similar to Elle,  many Australian women maintain glistening and polished hair by massaging a slight amount of eucalyptus oil into their scalp as an overnight treatment. This works to supply moisture and shine, and promotes growth.

 

4) Castor Oil Mixture – Egypt

In Cairo, a favorite hair treatment is castor oil mixed with crushed garlic. Also adding a drop of lavender essential oil to the combination is beneficial when applied to dry hair overnight. Follow-up by rinsing it out  in the morning to acquire lush, hydrated hair.

 

5) Whirl Your Hair Straight – Africa

Prior to chemical relaxers and flat-irons, South African women used a process known as whirling to straighten their strands. This was where they would wrap wet hair tightly around the scalp then place a stocking over the head to hold it in place. Following this they used a blow-dryer to remove 80% of the moisture. The next step was to remove the stocking and wrap the hair in the other direction. Now they would  dry the hair completely, take the stocking off, and brush the hair. The result was dead straight hair.

 

6) Make Your Conditioner Sweet – Romania

It is strongly believed by stylist in Romania that honey boosts highlight-hair color. It is recommended to add 1 tbsp of honey to your favorite conditioner and Voila!—it will make highlights Glow!

 

 

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Beauty Sleep is For Real!

Everyone has heard, from their Grandmother to their Teacher to even their Mom say; “Get your beauty sleep!”, but this isn’t just a saying. Beauty Sleep is a true science. From effects on the brain’s memory, astuteness, weight control…there are numerous reports that inform how important sleep and rest are to our health. Still, it often tends to be the one thing that we minimize in terms of priorities.

One place where the evidence of lack of sleep can be truly obvious is on our skin.  As we go through life rest deprivation shows more and more on our faces, day after day. It is visible through dull-lifeless complexions, dark circles, fine lines and, in more extreme cases, rashes and eczema.

World renowned-board certified dermatologist; Dr. Howard Murad asserts, based on his research, that loss of cellular water may be one reason sleepless nights affect our skin increasingly – as we settle into the habit regularly. “Water retention is key to keeping skin moisturized and supple, which can translate to fewer lines and a smoother complexion.”

Negating well restful evenings also “beats-down” on the immune system. This can lead to skin-related problems, such as rashes. According to Dr. Murad, getting sufficient and regular sleep, is the best thing that anyone can do for their skin. His professional recommendation is an ideal amount of six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, time enough to move through the five phases of sleep.

So of course we wanted to understand these 5 phases of sleep and why it is crucial for one to attain to all of them for the healthiest skin possible. We learned that as the body settles into the 4th and deepest stage of rest – regularly referred to as; Delta Sleep and  precedes REM; the last stage of sleep – growth hormones mature and begin cell and tissue repair. Therefore, limited or restless sleep can cut into this imperative restorative process. In the words of Dr. Harold Lancer, dermatologist to the “Hollywood Stars”, “Intermittent waking sleep is nowhere near as beneficial to skin health.”

Increasingly, experts are looking at Beauty holistically: First sleep, then skin products and skin treatments can work more energetically to provide better results. “You cannot treat the skin as an isolated organ, you treat the whole person,” Murad says. He uses this analogy: “Imagine your window frame needs to be replaced. You can just replace the frame or you can find out what damaged it in the first place, say termites or bad plumbing. Similarly, when the skin looks gray and sallow and you have dark circles around your eyes, you can use cold compresses and makeup as a temporary fix or address the underlying issues, such as sleep deprivation.”

One other great piece of advice that Dr. Murad offers is to do your best to refrain from eating heavy or salty meals that are difficult to digest before bedtime. Also remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Nourish the skin from the inside-out. It is just as important as using a topical moisturizer. Dr. Murad also recommends oral supplements such as Omega-3 to help maintain a healthy hydration level.

And get this! Today, even Beauty Spas are getting involved with assisting the rat-race-affected-individual with more rest toward healthier skin. There are many sleep health programs at Day Spas.

Often times we think that we have time. We believe that we can play catch up later on, for prevention that we can take today. Therefore as the experts have urged us and explained, don’t turn to alternatives to provide results that can be obtained simply by using best practices today. More so, research has proven that over time, lack of sleep is quite obvious to on-lookers….Therefore, Strive to be the Best You!

As you are making Weekend Plans, Remember Sleep does equal Beauty!