Healthy Hair Forever!

In the age of hair salons with blowout bars, extreme dye jobs, and perms (yes, they’re back!), it’s not a question of if your hair is damaged but of how bad the situation really is. Before you start feeling hopeless because you’d sooner sell your soul than give up your flatiron, consider that even wrecked hair can be revived with a few sneaky little adjustments to your routine, according to scientists. Shinier, healthier-looking hair is just 11 tricks (and one roll of paper towels) away.

RULE #1

Get it wet less often.

There’s one nugget of grooming mythology that I abide by, even though it isn’t scientifically proven. It’s the answer to the perennial question: How often should you shampoo? When we wash our scalps less, the theory goes, we actually train it to produce less oil. As in, the body understands that there is an equilibrium of oil that can be reached, and it will work to reach this point faster if we continually clear the slate. So, more washing means more oil, and less washing means less oil.

“If you shampoo every day, it will strip your scalp of all its natural oils and can lead to dry, brittle hair, ” says Julien Farel of the Julien Farel Restore Salon & Spa in NYC.

RULE #2

Stock your shower.

On those days when you do wash your hair, add a pre-shampoo—yep, that’s a thing now—to your routine. It works like a sealant, “smoothing the hair’s cuticle before it gets wet so there’s less damage, ” says cosmetic chemist Ni’Kita Wilson. who recommends this for all hair types except fine. It also protects against friction from massaging in shampoo. “When your hair rubs together, the edges fray, ” she explains. We like Nexxus Color Assure Pre-Wash Primer and Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner.

RULE #3

Get smarter about your shampoo.

Who likes the rough feeling of damaged hair? Pretty much no one. Argan oil, found in OGX Renewing Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner, makes dry, coarse hair feel softer and silkier because it’s rich in fatty acids. Ultralight sunflower-seed oil, found in Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner, does the same for fine hair without weighing it down.

RULE #4

Change the way you think about conditioner.

We all know they smooth frizz and make your hair softer and shinier. But if you own a blow-dryer or flatiron, you should also know that conditioners are critical to heat protection. “It’s just as important as heat-protectant spray, if not more, because conditioner is better at coating the hair, ” says Wilson. Skim labels for ingredients that won’t rinse off—words with “methicone” or “polyquaternium” in them—or just get one of our favorites: Dove Quench Absolute Conditioner. Leave it on for at least five minutes, and then rinse with cool water. “This allows for more residual conditioner to be left on the hair, ” she says.

RULE #5

Add layers of heat protection

Did you know heat applications on hair can reach up to 446°F? Ouch. Enter: heat protectant spray, designed to help protect against damage from harsh temperatures so you can use your favourite style tools with confidence.

Sleek and silky strands are the reason many of us turn up the heat when we style. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Defense Spray is designed to help combat frizz and seal in shine while shielding against damage. If flat irons and curling tongs are your styling tools of choice, try a heat protectant spray that helps guard against both heat and friction for smooth results.

 

 

 

Law Enforcement Uses Segway

This past year I heard of Police Departments country wide shopping for Segways and I thought about if there was a use for them in the world of Police force. I saw media footage of individuals utilizing Segways and they seemed slow-moving and heavy. Furthermore , i thought they must be harmful having seen countless videos of men and women ramming them ( the videos were actually quite entertaining)

Some time ago I found that my company was investing in a number of the Segways and any person keen on utilizing them could go to a training course. Not long ago i went to the training course and I have to admit I am completely content with the Segway.

The Features

One of the most amazing facet of the Segway is it’s acceleration. They will top out at about 12.5 miles hourly which turned out to be a very good rate of speed. They speed up quickly and an officer could quickly catch up with a suspect running on foot or using a bicycle.

Understanding how to run the Segway required some time but after having a few hours I was feeling invincible as I hopped off curbs and raced down sidewalks and also over grass. The Segway managed flawlessly when jumping off solid curbs at max speed which happened to be a must considering pursuing suspects or reacting promptly to calls for support.

I was just as surprised to find out that the Segway can run over gravel, grass and dirt terrain. I thought the Segway must have been a sidewalk only unit but it’s not. The Segway went slow while dealing with grass but it could take me down and up a grassy hill.

An additional amazing attribute is the Segway’s capability to turn and manuever. I could ride down occupied sidewalks while very easily manuevering around persons, vehicles, light poles, and also other hurdles. One of the most remarkable attribute is the capability to immediately stop the Segway when traveling at max speed. When rushing at 12.5 miles per hour ,I was allowed to immediately stop the Segway by pulling on the handlebar and leaning back. This unique feature is ideal for those circumstances where you have to stop and leave the Segway for an urgent situation or to prevent a crash.

I was first worried of the possibility of the Segways to be stolen if authorities placed them unprotected while performing inspections that demanded them to avoid their Segways. I found that our Segways include an audible alarm that is triggered if somebody touches this after the police officer activates the security alarm. The Segways are extremely heavy and it might be no convenient job for somebody to take one up and run away with it.

More Effective and Efficient

While on the Segway you can considerably better keep an eye on your instant surroundings since you are higher than everybody else close by. Officers are highly visible to the public while on Segways which is an excellent crime deterrent.

The Segway will significantly help a Police Department in tasks wherever police officers are addressing huge crowds of people or overloaded urban areas like for example around downtown areas and flat complexes. Additionally it is an excellent Community Policing device in that it should get officers out of their cruiser motorcycles and being closer with the society. Police officers can quickly address and get in touch with people while on the Segway.

I do believe the Segway is the perfect Community Policing device however it is speedily enough and calm enough to be used for drugs enforcement and many more patrol tasks.

A Couple of Plumbing Chuckles

 

 

On The List Of Things That I Am Not: A Plumber

fCustomer: ”I’m calling because I need someone to repair my well pump. Do you work with Care Credit (credit card usually associated with medical related issues)? Because I don’t have money upfront to have this repaired.”

Me: ”I’m sorry sir, but we do not do repairs, we are a plumbing supply store. We also don’t take Care Credit, you would need to pay with cash, check, or credit card for anything you purchase.”
C: “Well then direct me to someone who repairs water well pumps on credit.”
Me: “Unfortunately I cannot direct you to anyone, but I’m sure if you call your plumber, they can help.” (I’m legally not able to suggest businesses because we work with most of the plumbing/well drillers in our area.)
C: “I don’t want to call my plumber, he doesn’t fix wells, I need you to come look at my well, and figure out what is wrong with it!”
Me: “Sir, we do not repair plumbing or wells, we are a supply store.”
C: “So what you’re telling me is that I need to find someone that does well pump repairs?”
Me: ………………….”Yes.”
Click.

Another Story

(My family has recently noticed that our water has been turning off often. For the first couple of times, we just write it off as company problems, but soon, we realize there is a problem with our plumbing. We call a plumbing company and they send out a plumber to check our attic. I am only five years old.)

Plumber: “I’ll need to check your attic pipes first, since that’s where it’s most likely to break.”

Dad: “That’ll be fine.”

(My dad shows him the way to the attic and the plumber climbs up and goes in. He stays there for a few minutes, when he suddenly screeches and practically jumps out of the attic.)

Plumber: “A spider bit me! It looked like a widow; I think I need medical help.”

(My mom, being a doctor, always has medicine for certain common things such as headache, stomach pains, and spider bite, so she lets the plumber sit on the sofa as she readies a needle, after calling an ambulance in case he needs further treatment.)

Sister: “Hey, what are you doing?!”

(The plumber has gotten up and picked up my dad’s wallet, which was on the table. He makes a run for the door.)

Dad: “Come back here!”

(My dad easily blocks him and we call the police, who identify him as a wanted thief.)

Me: “What happened? Why are they taking the pipe man away?”

Sister: “Don’t worry, [My Name]; he was a bad man, so they’re taking him to the place for bad men.”

(To this day, I still have no idea how he thought he was going to get away with it when my dad, a bulky man with at least a foot and 60 pounds on him, was standing right next to him.)

Sometimes, The Compliments ARE Complimentary

(I work at a small family owned plumbing and heating company where the owner sometimes makes special exceptions for people who do a lot of business with us or are close friends to them. I also have exceptional customer service skills when it comes to irate customers. This exchange happens during the winter, when we are the busiest.)

Me: “Thank you for calling [Local Plumbing and heating Company]. This is [My Name]. How can I help you?”

Customer: “You guys installed a furnace for me a couple of months ago, and you still haven’t come back out to finish the work. When can we do that?”

Me: “I’m sorry, but it may be at least two weeks before we can finish that work due to our high volume of calls for no heat.”

Customer: *now very irate* “That is absolutely unacceptable!! I paid a lot of money for this to be done properly, and it should have been done over a month ago! You need to send [Specific Technician] out right now so he can finish his half-a**ed job!”

Me: “I do apologize for this, sir, but we are very busy with rather important calls, and seeing as the work that needs to be finished isn’t life threatening, we are going to have to schedule you two-to-three weeks down the road.”

Customer: “I’m going to call the owner right now and complain to him about your incompetence and lack of customer service skills!”

(He hangs up. I continue on with my work, as now it has piled up quite a bit while I was on the phone with him. He calls back again, and I answer his call.)

Me: “Thank you for calling [Local Plumbing and Heating Company]. This is [My Name]. How can I help you?”

Customer: “It’s me again. I talked to your boss. I’m calling you back to apologize for how I treated you. I’ve been having a rough time with things lately and it was wrong of me to take it out on you like that. I also told your boss that you’re a huge asset to the company and if anything, he should give you a raise for not losing your cool with me when you should have.”

(Sir, I don’t know where you are now, but I wish I had time to tell you how much saying that meant to me. Even with my good customer service skills, I rarely receive compliments about it and that truly made my day!)

 

 

 

 

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