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Shag Past and Present – History of This Great Hair Style

The shag hairstyle is a youthful cut where you have short and layered hair. Mostly hair is layered at the crown of the head rather than below. As an option you could add bangs to the cut which you should be able to push off your face. The look should allow you to tuck hair behind your ears and keep them in place with barrettes. Today’s shag could be a variation with more layers towards the bottom of the cut or longer length.

In recent years, the most outstanding and noticed shag hairstyle was Meg Ryan’s in IQ. The flirty short shaggy bobs were a variation which really motivated a number of us youngsters waiting at our stylists with her picture, queuing up for a similar look. Though it may look real neat and trendy, you need a stylist with ‘shear magic and eye for styling’ to get you the right look. He should know exactly where to layer your hair depending in your face and features; where to thin out thick hair and give volume to thin hair. A shag hairstyle is the most versatile haircut giving you the option to style it in two to three different ways! You could add bangs on one side, both sides, keep it long or short, keep it messy, styled or carefree and the best is you can manage them at home without the need to buy every styling product in the market.

Paul McGregor had invented the Shag hairstyle and gave it to Jane Fonda in the movie Klute . Farrah Fawcett wore it in the famous Charlie’s angels television show and it became a phenomenon of sorts. Shag is the classic hairstyle of the ’70s and considered one of the ‘coolest’ as it was worn by the heart throbs of that time. David Bowie, Rod Stewart, everybody who was anybody had the shag hairstyle. During the ’80s, adaptations of the shag hairstyle were worn by the heavy metal rock bands who wore their hair in long shag cuts. The shag hair style was the ultimate unisex style and women and men were both wearing it with élan.

Another theory suggests that in the 1960’s men had begun wearing their hair long after the hairstyle Process brought in the 1920s by the African Americans. In the 1970s when hairstyles were changing and the process style was fading, men were habituated to wearingh their hair long. So, in the 80s, they let their hair grow at the back of the head while keeping them shorter at the top. This was the first form of the shag hairstyle worn by men which was soon adapted into various styles.

The 70s was an era of the youth, the end of the Vietnam War added in making it the turning point for them. Platform shoes, disco dancing and the Beegees; this new found youth was perhaps the reason for the emergence of this carefree, youthful and messy hairstyle- the Shag hairstyle.

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The Dangers of Having a Gallstone Or Liver Flush For People With GERD (Acid Reflux)

According to naturopathic medicine, having a gallstone or liver flush in many ways helps people relieve a number of their problems including back, shoulder, and leg pains, and even some digestive disorders, because of the nature of its cleansing effect — flushing out toxins and all those accumulated and unhealthy fat that’s stored in your gallbladder. Traditional doctors may have a differing opinion about this, but the results do not lie.

It works.

Unless you have GERD or Acid Reflux.

Technically, GERD is a digestive disorder, and I would not go into its definition here, as you may already know what it is, particularly if you have been dealing with it for a long period of time, and have already browsed the internet for in-depth information on acid reflux. The point of this article is to stress that you can do a gallstone or liver flush, in the context of two things:

You do NOT have GERD (Acid Reflux), or…

You are CURED from your GERD (Acid Reflux) and are confident that your stomach can handle it.

The common “ingredients” involved with a gallstone or liver flush are olive oil, lemon or grapefruit, and epsom salt. For a normal person, these can be tolerable. But if you are suffering with acid reflux, this adds to the problem, for the following reasons:

1. Olive oil is fat. Taking a half cup of it (which is usually the recommendation for a successful flush) would put strain on your liver and might lead to an excess of bile being secreted to digest the oil. However, there is greater chance that you might develop bile reflux as well. Not a good thing, based on my experience as revealed in my endoscopy test.

2. Lemon or grapefruit are supposed to be mixed with the olive oil before taking it. Although lemon and grape are alkaline rich foods, for some people it tends to increase the acidity of one’s stomach. Why this happens I have yet to find out. One type of fruit may not have the same compatibility with different individuals. Personally, I stick to apples, bananas, and watermelon, as recommended by my nutritionist.

3. Epsom salt, if taken without taking the necessary precautions, can be harmful more than helpful. This too can cause more acidic problems if you are not careful. The funny thing about what you have just read is that both my traditional doctor and my naturopathic doctor agreed on this. Finally, a point where they can both meet! On a much serious note, this is something that you should consider if you want to naturally cure your GERD or acid reflux.

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The Medicine Called Zumba

The music is progressively styled for users to alternate from slow to fast workout movements. This alternating exposes the body to different heart rates thus delivering a good cardio exercise. The Zumba fitness uses body’s own resistance to shape and tone the body. Zumba fitness classes are performed in group to keep individuals motivated and socialize as well. This 45 minutes exercise regime burns a load of calories without the user recognizing it. Zumba as a term means nothing it is just a catch phrase which has gripped the global market.

This Latin inspired zumba performance classes get’s its root & style from different music styles like cumbia, salsa, merengue, mambo, flamenco, chachacha, reggaeton, soca, samba, hip hop music, axĂ© music and tango. Music is core to the resources required necessary to perform zumba. This is more a performance class then fitness class; so it keeps the interest of the user occupied and thus achieves the objective of wellness and better health. The fitness classes are designed to address all age groups from the young ones to up to the old ones. Zumba is all about building balance and coordination. The workout intensity it provides targets the upper body and lower body strength. Maintaining body postures while performing zumba is critical such that the entire body gets exposure to the movements and intensive workout.

Zumba fitness was started in 1990’s by Colombian fitness trainer Alberto “Beto” Perez. Since then it has taken the fitness market by storm. Today it is made available in almost every country and is being offered as a special feature by most of the fitness centers. There are a nine different type of classes to address the different age groups and cohorts. Zumba gold is very elementary and progressively styled fitness session which targets the beginners and the older people; it begins with easy workout steps till the body gets used to its rhythm and then explodes. Zumba step targets the lower body and the workout involves routines and step aerobics performed over Latin music. Zumba toning is a workout performed with toning sticks and targets abs, thighs, arms and other muscle throughout the body.

All it demands is an hour long commitment and commitment towards a healthy & clean meal plan. Zumba fitness classes are also available online and on digital media like DVDs; this is for those who prefer to workout at home. A load of people subscribe to digital classes and operate from their respective homes at ease and convenience. Although it is difficult to stick to schedule when operating from home; however it depends on the individual to make a decision. The fitness class objective usually revolves around improving one’s coordination, mobility, agility, and posture and muscle strength. More than just being an exercise zumba is promoted as being a lifestyle. With number of instructors increasing the spread of zumba fitness classes is becoming more evident and a success.

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Discover How to Get Dreadlocks Instantly

Are you considering putting dreadlocks in your hair? Are you totally freaked out about how to get dreadlocks and hate the thought of waiting 6-8 months for your hair to lock up? Well let me ease your mind. You can get dreadlocks and completely lock up your hair today!

Starting your dreads does not have to be a complicated procedure like some people make it seem. I know from experience when I put the first dreadlock in my son’s hair that it’s not complicated. However, you must know what you’re doing or what you’re getting into.

There are actually five ways to dreadlock your hair. They are:

1. Backcombing Method

2. Gel and waxing Method

3. Twist and Rip Method

4. Natural Method

5. Latch Hook or Interlocking Method.

With the Latch Hook method you will instantly dreadlock your hair. You will never have to use gel to retwist your growing locks ever again.

You can start one dreadlock at a time with the Latch Hook or Interlocking Method without ever having to use gel, backcombing, beeswax, etc. This method is instant. You don’t have to wait 6-8 months for your hair to actually lock up. This is how to get dreadlocks and lock up your hair instantly.

What’s really awesome about this method is that any hair type can be instantly locked up. It doesn’t matter whether your hair is permed. It also doesn’t matter whether you are Caucasian, Chinese, etc, you can use this method to lock your hair instantly. You can start your locks with this method yourself or have a Loctitian do the job for you.

If you go to a loctitian that specializes in the Latch Hook method it can cost you anywhere from $500 and up just to get the dreads started. Once your hair is done, you can then maintain them on your own. Remember, not all loctitians specialize in this method. Some are not familiar with it. So make sure you find the right loctitian before getting started.

With the Latch Hook method you take your time, one dreadlock at a time, using a special tool, like the Nappylocs dreadlock tool, the Latch Hook Crochet Needle tool, a twisted bobby pin, etc. For example, What you’re doing is actually threading the Nappylocs tool with your hair and sewing your hair.

The Nappyloc tool actually looks like an oversized needle. To actually lock the hair, you would section the hair, and then the hair is actually woven from the tip all the way to the root. So what you’re actually doing is sort of braiding the hair backwards.

You can actually do this with your fingers and then after you reach close to the root of the hair, then you use the Nappyloc, Latch Hook crocheting tool, etc to tighten the root. You can use this method with dreadlocks of different sizes.

It can be a long, tedious start using this method, but when it’s done, what you’ll have are stronger, instant locks without the damaging effects of beeswax, and gooey gel that ends up leaving residue buildup overtime.

You don’t have to retwist your locks often, and you can wash your hair right after you’re done without worrying about the locks getting undone. This is what I call, “The new age of dreadlocks!”

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NLP Jargon – What Is Uptime?

I’m starting a new line of articles: NLP Jargon. These articles will help you figure out the myriad of terms used by NLP gurus in seminars and in the seminal books of the field.

Our NLP term for today is uptime. I first came across that word when I read Frogs Into Princes for the first time. Grinder and Bandler used it to describe a state of heightened sensory acuity. Let’s explore its meaning in a bit more depth.

You’ll find the term “uptime” used mostly in books about therapy and training. “Uptime” simply means that all of your sensory channels are focused on external stimuli. In simpler terms, you’re paying attention to your surroundings. When you’re in uptime, you pay little attention to internal dialogue, internal visualizations, or internal feelings. You focus on objects around you, micro-movements in people’s facial expressions, sounds in the environment, the temperature of the sun on your skin or the feeling of the wind in your hair.

When you’re in uptime, you perceive the world around you in much greater accuracy and you absorb patterns with much greater facility. Babies live mostly in uptime. When you engage in NLP Modeling, you enter uptime to unconsciously absorb the patterns of excellence you wish to model.

So as you finish reading this article now, you can begin to notice the all the sounds that surround you and the feeling of your weight on the chair. Allow your eyes to unglue from your monitor and begin to wonder how much more you can notice today…

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Tunturi Recumbent Exercise Bike Reviews

Recumbent exercise bikes are becoming ever more popular. Many prefer them because they are more comfortable for someone who is overweight or has lower back problems. One of the brand leaders in exercise bikes is Tunturi. But, how does its recumbent models compare? Are they good value for money?

Tunturi recumbent bikes don’t come cheap; you’ll be paying between $800 and $1,000 for one. There are currently two models being made the E40R and the E60R. The first thing you notice about either machine is how well made they are, combining aesthetics with solid construction. The seat adjustment is a breeze; you can slide it away or nearer the console, raise the height and adjust its incline. The consoles on both machines are identical and are large and easy to read.

Here’s what you get and what you don’t get for each of these machines.

The E40R comes with magnetic resistance of 10 levels, 3 numerical LCD displays and heart rate, effort and resistance controlled programs for motivating and efficient training. The E40R also comes with T-Pulse that allows you to adjust a heart rate controlled workout even when you’re cycling. The T-Scale function means you can edit and adjust the 8 pre-set profiles; again even when cycling. The bike has a weight capacity of 300 lbs and is powered by mains current.

The E60R has all the same features of the E40R but in addition you get to set and save your own workout programs. A Polar wireless heart monitor also comes as standard rather than as an optional extra. The construction is also slightly more robust and has a weight capacity of 330 lbs. It’s claimed that the E60R is for both domestic and light commercial use.

The warranty offered on both models is excellent. Both come with 2 years parts and labor which is extended to 3 if registered with Tunturi. You’ll be hard pushed to find a better warranty on any other bike.

For all but the most serious of users, the E40R is the better choice of the two; most won’t really need the stronger construction or the user programmable workout functions.

Are there any negative points with either machine? Well, like everything in life nothing is perfect. Although both come with magnetic resistance of 10 levels it would be better if there were more. For comparison, the Lifecycle R1 bike retails for around $1,200 or $1,500 depending on the console that comes with it, but comes with 20 levels of magnetic resistance.

Apart from that, I can’t really fault either the E40R or E40R; besides, the styling of these is much nicer than any of the recumbent exercise bikes by Lifecycle.

A Tunturi exercise bike is for those who take cycling seriously. Even if you prefer upright machines, you should definitely take a look at its upright models. When looking for reviews and ratings you’ll be hard pushed to found many negative comments; Tunturi recumbent bikes are among the best you can buy and most who own one appreciate that.

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The Most Suitable Eyebrow Shapes For the Face

Eyebrows are an important feature of the face because they give the face its shape and frame the facial features of eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth and chin. The eyebrows are one of the few facial features that can be shaped to enhance the beauty of the face.

To achieve the most flattering effect it is important to consider both face shape and eye types. The perfect eyebrow shape is closely related to the actual shape of the face. The basic eyebrow shape is also determined on the bone structure of the face. Below are descriptions and illustrations of eyebrow shapes which are most appropriate for different shaped faces.

Oval – A perfectly balanced face shape

Round – Well-rounded full cheek and chin area; face length is relatively short

Oblong – Longer than wide; face has same width across the forehead, jaw line, and cheekbone

Square – Width of the cheeks and forehead are similar; width of the jaw line and forehead being alike as well

Heart – Fuller and wider at the forehead tapering down to the cheeks then down to a pointed chin

Diamond – Widest at the cheekbones and equally narrow at the forehead and jaw line

Discover the Shape of the Face

OVAL Face Shape

The oval frame is considered to be the perfectly balanced face; the top half balances the bottom half. The oval face is characterized by being slightly wider at the cheekbones than the forehead or jaw-line. It also appears slightly wider at the cheek-line and tapers slightly to the chin.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for an Oval Face

Oval face shapes can get away with just about any eyebrow shape. Oval is the ideal face shape and any natural shape of the eyebrow works well with an oval face. Oval is the perfect model frame.

ROUND Face Shape

The round frame has a large-curved forehead with a rounded chin, thus making the face look full with very few angles. The cheekbones are undoubtedly wider than the eyebrow bone and jaw line. When measuring a round face there is little difference between the width of the face and the vertical measurement. The face is almost as wide as it is long.

Objective Proportion – Create more definition. Flatter your round frame by creating an oval appearance that will lift the facial features and lengthen the face shape to give an image of a thinner look.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Round Face

Apply an eyebrow line that goes up the face by arching the eyebrow high and leaving the tapering part small. The center of the arch should move out towards the end of the eyebrow while the end should be short. A high arched eyebrow shape will draw attention away from the width of the face.

OBLONG Face Shape

The oblong frame is longer than it is wide and close to the same width across the forehead, jaw line and cheekbone. The oblong shape may have a very narrow chin or a very high forehead. Having a prominent chin also characterizes an elongated appearance.

Objective Proportion -Have the oblong face appear shorter and broader.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for an Oblong Face

To make a long face appear oval one should apply horizontal lines to the face. Apply an eyebrow line that is flat and keep the arch low; this stops the eye from going up the face. A flat eyebrow opens the eyes horizontally to give the appearance of an oval face. This eyebrow shape will draw the eye from side to side and stop it from going up and down.

SQUARE Face Shape

The square frame has a broad forehead and jaw line and tends to have sharper angles in the corners of the face. The width of your cheeks and forehead will be similar. The width of your jaw line and forehead may also be similar, thus giving an angular overall appearance with the rectangular face being longer than it is wide.

Objective Proportion – Create an illusion of length. Soften the angles giving the illusion that both the forehead and jaw line appear narrower.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Square Face

A thick eyebrow is best suited for a square frame face with a strong jaw line. The peak of the eyebrow is most effective when positioned exactly above the square of the jaw. This eyebrow shape will balance out the square appearance of the face and soften the facial contours.

HEART Face Shape

The heart frame is fuller and wider at the forehead tapering down to the cheeks, then down to a narrow and pointed chin. The jaw line on this facial shape is not usually prominent. This facial frame has a narrow chin that leads up to a broad forehead and the cheekbones are very visible.

Objective Proportion – Create an illusion of a narrower forehead and fuller jaw line. Diminish the width at the forehead and create a wider, fuller jaw effect of the face.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Heart Face

Rounding the eyebrows with softer peaks is best suited for a heart shape face. A rounded shape helps by adding curves to soften the face plus emphasizes the lovely heart shape.

DIAMOND Face Shape

The diamond frame is a cross between a heart and dramatic oval shaped face. It is widest at the cheekbones and narrow equally at the forehead and jaw line. The face is highly angular with a short forehead and being widest at the temples. The cheekbone is clearly wider than the forehead and jaw line.

Objective Proportion – Create an illusion to reduce the width around the cheekbone line.

Perfect Eyebrow Shape for a Diamond Face

There are two suitable shapes; rounding the eyebrows will soften the angular face or keep emphasis on the center arch of the eyebrow to balance the width of the face or a peaked eyebrow will help narrow the width of the distinctive diamond wide face.

Enhancing Eyebrow Growth

Having fuller, thicker and healthier eyebrows easily makes the shaping of the eyebrow process more manageable and less tedious. Women who have the misfortune of thinning eyebrows, eyebrow loss or over plucking of the eyebrows, Talika Eyebrow Lipocils Conditional Gel can help to achieve thicker healthier eyebrows. The gel will stimulate eyebrow growth making them thicker and healthier. For women who are looking for an instant fuller eyebrow effect Talika Eyebrow Extender will make the eyebrows look naturally thicker; your look is deeply intensified. The Eyebrow Extender is the perfect alternative to liners and tattoos.

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Vertigo Dizziness Caused By Sinus Pressure Alone

Vertigo is NO fun at all. It’s like being on a nightmarish ride you didn’t ask to go on, and one you can’t get off of.

Sinusitis is usually blamed for vertigo, but inflammation of the para nasal sinuses, due to infection, allergy or a result of autoimmune diseases is NOT the only cause.

Most of the cases of sinusitis are caused, due to viral infection and take about 10 days to heal completely. Depending on the duration, sinusitis can either be acute, sub-acute or chronic.

The interconnected cavities or small air pockets in the facial structure are known as sinuses. These air pockets are found around the nose, the forehead and cheeks.

There are four pairs of sinuses, and are lined inside the cavities and have a protective mucous membrane. So much of the information about vertigo is linked to a sinus “infection.”

Light-Headness and Sinus Pressure Vertigo

Allergies are the most common cause of sinusitis, which further leads to pressure build up and dizziness. The human body consists of many complex systems. It’s the interactions between different systems, that help us to maintain our sense of balance.

The eyes capture different images, they are exposed to, while the inner ear takes care of monitoring our directions and movements. It’s the joints and muscle sensors that gauge the parts of the body which are in motion.

The central nervous system acts like a supervisor, and makes all the other systems work. When any one of the systems face a problem, it can cause vertigo.

Usually, when a person suffers from a sinus infection, it leads to sinus pressure build up in the inner ear, or congestion in the inner ear, causing normal air flow to be disrupted.

This causes the connection to the brain to be disrupted as well. The pressure builds up in the back of the eyes, the roof of the mouth and the inner ear.

Since there’s pressure on the inner ear, the brain processes are not able to ensure normal balance. The person loses equilibrium and becomes off-balance, causing dizziness.

Sinus infection and vertigo go together.

In a respiratory tract infection, if the bacteria or viruses attach themselves to the mucus lining of the sinuses, it may spread to the ear tube and cause an ear infection.

How to Relieve Sinus Pressure and Vertigo:

One remedy for sinus pressure relief is to warm a soft cloth on a hot griddle and apply it to the ear.

A hot shower will also help in draining the mucus, that’s blocking the sinuses and relieve ear pressure. Try to avoid being in a room with cool air.

Taking steam is one of the simplest and the easiest way to relieve sinus. Adding eucalyptus oil or menthol oil will help in getting rid of sinus infection rather faster. One can take steam two to three times in a day for faster relief.

My favorite method helps in clearing up nasal congestion. Saline water has to be passed through the nasal openings for the same. I use a Neti-Pot.

Eating spicy food is known to relieve sinus pressure. Once a person eats spicy food, clogged sinuses will open up and mucus will drain out. Adding ginger, garlic, dried lemon etc. in your diet will also work towards relieving sinus pressure.

When you’re suffering from sinuses, one of the home remedies is to increase the intake of fluids. This helps in diluting mucus and eases pressure on the inner ear.

Having the right sleeping position will not only help in relieving sinus pressure, but will also help in avoiding vertigo. Sleep with your head on an elevation.

If you normally sleep with your head on a pillow, you may want to make use of two pillows.

If you have been suffering from these problems for some time, then you may not want to talk to your health care professional immediately.

Although there is a close relation between sinusitis and vertigo, there are other reasons, which may also cause dizziness. You may want to talk to your health care professional and rule out any other cause of the problem.

According to the University of Michigan Health System, “Sinusitis is a common condition that affects millions of people across the world. Estimated to be as many as 35 million Americans suffer from this disease at that it accounts for at least $2.4 billion in direct medical costs alone.”

Sinus problems can cause a number of symptoms and adverse affects on the body like head pain, a persistent cough and vertigo.

The sinuses purpose is to catch any unwanted airborne particles from entering the lungs. The sinuses are very temporal and can be irritated by change in humidity, allergies or the common cold.

This is what I experience. The change in humidity… specifically a lowering in humidity. Dry air is NOT My friend!

When the sinus cavity is inflamed, it swells to its maximum capacity, preventing normal air flow and abnormal amounts of pressure to build up in and around the sinuses.

This is what has caused my equilibrium to become off-balance, causing vertigo.

To properly treat vertigo caused by sinus pressure, a person first must deal with the sinus issue. If the sinuses are infected, you need to kill the infection.

If the sinuses are simply irritated, an over-the-counter decongestant will help calm the swelling and irritation. Vertigo is no fun, but won’t last if you keep the sinus swelling down.

My recommendation for “drainage of the sinuses or no drainage,” is still to use the Neti-Pot and decongestant, to keep the swelling down.

You may still have some vertigo, but it will go away in 3-5 days if your sinuses are better.

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Head Lice and Vinegar

Unfortunately, head lice have been around forever as pesky little beasts that get into your child’s hair and hunker down for eternity. Or so it seems. Frustrated at the repetitive nature of head lice, parents throughout the nation have struggled to rid themselves of nits. Lice are often not affected by over the counter treatments so head lice vinegar treatments have resurfaced.

Long before there were local pharmacies or drug stores, head lice invaded one room school houses and homes. Parents would drench their child’s head in coal oil and hope that the child would stay away from any open flames and the coal oil would smother the lice. Due to the smell and the obvious embarrassment of the child, other remedies began to come on the scene.

The head lice vinegar treatment is just one of many tried and true over the years. The active ingredient in vinegar is acetic acid. This component dissolves the binder that holds the eggs to the hair. Vinegar allows the lice to let go of the hair shaft. It seems to work best if you soak the child’s hair and scalp. The hair can then be wrapped in a towel or a plastic cap. Leave on for a couple of hours and then dry with a hair dryer. Use a warm setting. Speaking of the hair dryer, it has been said that drying the child’s hair after every shampoo will also help keep the lice away.

In addition to the head lice vinegar treatment, other natural treatments have been tried with varying results. The olive oil treatment is similar to the coal oil treatment. Before bedtime, pour the warm oil over the head. Comb the warm oil through the hair. Cover the head with a plastic cap and keep it on over night. The next morning, wash the oil out of hair. This may take a couple of shampoos. But the only side affect will be very soft hair. Eggs left in the hair can easily be removed. Follow this procedure for three nights. Continue to check for lice during the next week. Repeat if necessary.

Another treatment along this same line is to use coconut shampoo and conditioner. The coconut oil in these hair products is offensive to lice. Shampoo as usual and comb the bugs out before rinsing out the conditioner. Generic coconut hair products can be used just check the ingredients for coconut oil. Scent enhancer that just smell like coconut will not work the same as the actual coconut oil. The head lice of today may have become immune to over the counter medical treatments. Full strength lice removal shampoos and sprays are too strong to use repeatedly on young children.

There are no fast fixes. Children are in close contact with their friends. Lice can be transferred head to head or from hats or scarves hanging together in school hallways. Wash bed linens and spray carpets and couches to keep down the infestations in the house. Pack stuffed animals in plastic bags and keep them closed for a month before releasing them. The head lice vinegar treatment, the coconut oil treatment and the olive oil treatment, continue to be some of the only natural methods to stop lice in its place.

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The Next Level Zumba

Zumba is a dance form related to movements of body such that it gets toned up. Dejure it defines the body movements to intercept the right muscles. In contrast to the conventional exercises it appreciates the music with coordinated body movements and posture. A dance form signifies the eternity and thus refreshes the mood of a person indulging into this form of exercise. Using your own body weight you would experience balance, tone, endurance and definition. It is quite similar to aerobic yet different; it incorporates aerobic movements into one single dance form on exceptional music like salsa, hip hop, mambo, flamenco, tango and others.

Zumba workout leaves you energized for the whole day. Once you get used to it, it becomes a routine and one gets used to the music and exercise form. It acts like a mood alleviator. The body movements inspired by latin dance forms integrate music and exercise such that it doesn’t feel like a workout. It also has meditative qualities associated with the dance cum exercise form. Started in 1990s by Colombian fitness instructor Beto Perez it has spread like a wild fire across the globe. Zumba the word actually means nothing but it has become a catch phrase.

The workout typically lasts for about 30 to 45 minutes, in which you alternate your body to slow and fast paced rhythms such that it burns your calories up and tones up your body. This form of exercise is more upbeat approach towards working out. Various level of zumba has been designed keeping in mind the adults, kids, and the youth. The workout is such that it uses your body’s own resistance to tone and sculpt the muscles.

Traditional work out methods for building strength are more rigid in nature; however they have evolved into more new concepts like zumba which add more flexibility to the body while maintaining the strength. Zumba with toning sticks is a one up level after you complete the initial level. Toning sticks are 2.5 pounds in weight which are used while zumba workout. These toning sticks help you buy more weight resistance to your workout along with your body weight resistance.

“The focus of zumba classes is on all aspects of fitness like cardio-vascular, balance, flexibility, muscular conditioning and coordination. Designed for older adults & kids the zumba classes develop key elements such as leadership, team work, confidence, self-esteem, memory, creativity, coordination, balance, cultural awareness & respect” zumba.com.

Zumba teaches body to flow to the music teaches mind to concentrate and meditate; it takes you to the next level of fitness where body and mind both work in ultimate coordination. The next level zumba programs you to achieve the high levels of fitness and experience great strength and vigour.

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