Dhaka, July 27 (UNB) - It is not just the skin, even your hair and scalp fall victim to the pollution and rains during the monsoons. The situation is further aggravated by sweat, which attracts dust particles and other polluted elements. Which is why it becomes necessary to take extra care of your hair and scalp during the monsoon season, reports The Indian Express.
To help you manage such problems better, we have listed are some commonly seen hair and scalp problems which get aggravated during the rains, along with ways to tackle them.
As hair tends to get wet during this season, it gets frizzy and looks untidy. “People usually opt to oil their scalp after washing, but a massage only improves the circulation and is good for the outer layer as it protects the hair and scalp like a hat. It, however, does not seep into the hair shaft. It is, therefore, recommended to use an anti frizz serum after you wash and towel dry your hair,” says Dr Jamuna Pai, SkinLab.
UV damage to hair
Besides damaging the shaft of the hair, UV rays also alters the natural colour and the texture of the hair, especially if you have coloured your hair. The rain and dirt change the colour that has been used on your shaft and also shorten the longevity of the hair colour. Always use shampoos formulated for protecting hair colour. Cover your hair with a nice umbrella whenever you step out of the house.
This is probably the most common scalp problem one comes across. Thorough and frequent shampooing is a good way to rapidly remove the scales. Using a medicated shampoo containing ketoconazole, selenium sulphide or zinc pyrithione once a week helps in removing the scales as well as in decreasing the production of scales.
Oiliness of scalp and hair
This is due to the production of natural scalp oil mixed with rain water. Use a shampoo that is gentle enough for daily use but strong enough to cleanse your scalp. Remember to apply the conditioner only on the ends of your hair. Finally, when shampooing and conditioning the hair, switch from warm water to cool water after you’ve thoroughly rinsed away the conditioner. The cool water will shrink the opening of the hair follicles and slow down the oil production.
Fungal infection of scalp
Maintaining hair and scalp hygiene is the key to keep away fungal infections of the scalp, which is common during the monsoon season. Using an anti-fungal lotion to cleanse the scalp under a physician’s guidance will definitely help.
The hair tends loose its shine and lustre during the rainy season. Take half a cup of apple cider vinegar and dilute it with a cup full of water and pour this on your hair after shampooing, recommends Dr Pai. It helps restore the shine if your hair has been damaged by the sun and has become dry and brittle.
When exposed to sun rays for a long duration, your hair can brittle. At such times, it is advised to increase protein intake and take biotin supplements. Biotin vitamin helps in hair growth and even loss of hair loss or brittle and weak hair. But consult an expert before consuming trying biotin supplements.
Dhaka, July 26 (UNB) – The two-day Nazrul Fest organised by leading cultural organisation Chhayanaut to pay tributes to National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam ended here on Friday.
The festival kicked off on Thursday at Chhyanaut’s auditorium in Dhanmondi with an introductory dance and musical performance on the song ‘Ano Ano Amrita Bari’ by artistes of the organisation.
Several Nazrul singers performed Nazrul’s songs on the first day.
Nawshin Tabassum Omi, Suptika Mondol, Nusrat Jahan Runa, Sumon Chowdhury, Lotifun Julio, Syeda Sonjida Zohra Bithika, Ferdous Ara, Oisharjh Samaddar, Tanvir Ahmed, Priyanka Gope, Dalia Nawshin, Yakub Ali Khan, Anila Ameer Lamee, Bitu Kumar Sheel, Nahiyan Durdana Shuchi, Bivash Ranjan Maitra, Jannat-E-Ferdous Lucky, Shamima Parveen Shimu and Sumon Majumdar rendered solo songs while Jayanta Roy and Mahmuda Akhter performed their solo recitations and Hindol, and Chayyanaut music troupe performed group songs coupled with Sudeshna Shoyomprova Tathoi’s solo dance performance.
The second-day programme started with a combined music and dance performance by Chhayanaut artistes. Singers Shukla Paul Setu, Shorifur Rahman, Anannya Shila Shamsuddin, Selina Hossain, Jarin Subah, Shrabonti Dhar, Mohit Khan, Yeasmin Mushtaree, Rejaul Karim, Roksana Hossain Munni, Moidul Islam, Salahuddin Ahmed, Ovipriyo Chakroborti, Pramita Dey, Mahmudul Hasan, Rawshan Ara Soma, Mofijur Rahman, Kaniz Husna Ahammadi Simpi, Manish Sarkar, Bijon Chandra Mistri performed solo songs while Rafiqul Islam and Krishti Hefaz performed solo recitations. Three group songs were performed by Nazrul Institute and Chhayanaut each, while Warda Rihab performed her solo dance with one of Chhayanaut’s songs.
The festival concluded with the singing of the National Anthem with the participation of all the artistes.
To commemorate and celebrate Nazrul’s amazing literary creations, Chhayanaut has been organising the two-day festival since 2009.
New York, Jul 25 (AP/UNB) — Fashion and lifestyle blogger Maui Bigelow has always been curvy and built a social media presence by embracing every pound.
Until the worst happened. At nearly 380 pounds, her health took a dive. She was diagnosed with a blood cancer and multiple uterine fibroids that couldn't be treated due to her weight. That's when she decided to have bariatric surgery, a weight loss procedure.
She hadn't yearned to be thinner, but she wanted to live at least long enough for her two children, ages 20 and 16, to make her a grandmother.
"For months I talked to my counselor about how I would share my truth with you," Bigelow told her followers at Phatgirlfresh.com after the weight loss surgery last year. "I was concerned about how you would receive it. I feared the plus-size and body positive communities wouldn't understand or respect my choice."
Bigelow, a former teacher in Albany, Georgia, with 67,500 monthly unique visitors to her site and nearly 40,000 followers on Instagram, was pleased her fans were resoundingly positive. That's not a small thing in her corner of the internet.
Fat-acceptance and body positive influencers like Bigelow are on the rise on social media and as fashion models as they fight back against the damaging pressures of idealized beauty peddled online and off. But what happens when, as in Bigelow's case, weight poses a serious health risk, or they decide to shed pounds for other reasons, turning their careers and social channels from fat acceptance to smaller sizes, dieting and fitness?
"The people who are having weight loss surgery in our community, they have the surgery, they go about their business and they shut up, for the most part. But it's important to share. There are women who are struggling with health issues who need this surgery," Bigelow said in an interview.
She's down to 240 pounds, but she's struggling to fully accept her future of fewer pounds, both personally and professionally.
"I was a bomb ass girl at almost 400 pounds," Bigelow said. "Some of these influencers, they talk about being fat and how they love their plus-size bodies and how they're so empowered in the space that they're in, and they have all of these women who support them, who are cheering them on. Then fast forward, they lose the weight and you see the before and after pictures: Oh, this is when I was 350 pounds. I was so depressed. I felt so ugly. And this is me now. I'm so happy. I'm so free. Wait a minute, girl. Didn't you say two years ago when you were 350 pounds that you loved your body and that you loved the size that you were? Me, I came into womanhood as a fat woman. I'm not as confident as I was."
Pia Schiavo-Campo, who posts from Los Angeles about style and culture on Instagram and blogs at Mixedfatchick.com, isn't a fan of dieting, before-and-after pictures or the lack of dialogue from fat-acceptance influencers about weight loss. As someone who has struggled with an eating disorder for the better part of 30 years, she's triggered by diet talk and conflicted about weight turnarounds, especially those not directly addressed.
It's the messaging, she said in an interview, especially when dieting or weight loss surgery transforms the online mission through photos and new collaborations focused on health and weight-loss products.
Schiavo-Campo's concerns are echoed by others in the anti-diet movement.
"Diet culture," she says, has been "basically imposed on us, mostly women. By the same token, I also believe that people should do what's best for their bodies."
JennyLee Molina in Miami did what's best for her body by losing 80 pounds in a year, trimming down to a size 8 after being told she was pre-diabetic. She did it without surgery, and lost one of her heroes, body-positive model Tess Holliday, in the process, after documenting her health and weight-loss journey on Instagram, where she has 11,900 followers.
Molina's feed includes before-and-after photos. She said she sought out Holliday through private messaging after realizing Holliday had unfollowed her.
"Your weight loss posts are too triggering for me, I'm sure you understand," Holliday explained in a private reply earlier this year. "It's not personal."
A representative for Holliday did not respond to requests for comment.
Molina recalled how much she loved Holliday's take-no-prisoners approach to fat acceptance as she gained popularity with a groundbreaking modeling contract and her "effyourbeautystandards" movement on Instagram in 2013. Molina, who has a 9-year-old son, was thrilled when she had a chance to meet Holliday in 2015, at a time when Molina had gained a significant amount of weight after knee surgery.
"She was a go-to for inspiration, someone I admired in terms of embracing your curves, embracing where you're at," Molina said. "The community is very divided between those who are more about fat pride, which is fine, and the ones who are all about wherever you're at, be comfortable in your own skin. That's where I feel like I am. I think everybody should embrace themselves at every step of the journey and we shouldn't shame people who decide to lose weight to feel better. There's nothing wrong with it."
Peggy Howell, vice chair and spokeswoman for the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance, posts on Instagram as FatAcceptanceWarrior. Her organization was founded in 1969 and has a paid membership of more than 11,000.
Howell, who lives in Las Vegas, thinks the fat acceptance and body positive movements have become muddled, with dieting and weight loss as a constant hot button.
"It seems like hypocrisy," she said of fat-acceptance influencers who shed weight and attempt to hang on to lucrative careers. "A lot of people clap back within the community. A lot of people get upset. We support people making choices that will help them be healthier, but dieting is a losing battle."
Dhaka, Jul 25 (AP/UNB)- For some people, backyards aren’t just backyards anymore.
“We’re seeing everything from Zen retreats for al fresco yoga to whimsical children’s spaces that go way beyond the typical swing set,” says Jennifer Bringle, editor in chief of Casual Living magazine.
More and more, she says, homeowners are putting the same kind of personal stamp on their outdoor areas as they do to the inside of the house, where one trend has been to turn ordinary rooms into gyms, theaters, studios, wine cellars, libraries and more.
While there are many do-it-yourselfers happy to dig, hammer and build on their own out in the yard, a lucky few have the resources to turn to interior designers for a customized look.
One family in Tampa, Florida, commissioned local designer Ryan Hughes, known for creative outdoor designs, to come up with something playful to fill around 2,000 square feet of backyard.
First, he created a kids’ section: One of the little girl’s favorite books was “Alice in Wonderland,” so Hughes created a reflecting pool like the one Alice looks into, built with the safety features of a standard wading pool. A pergola holds a swinging bed with red curtains. The imaginative garden vibe also includes an oversize checkerboard for games, a curvy bench encircling a crape myrtle tree, and colorful, oversize mushroom sculptures and spiral topiaries. Hughes added LED-lit arches and life-size Lucite lamps, as well as accessory lighting shaped like lily pads and hearts.
For the rest of the backyard, where the adults congregate, Hughes took a different tack: “The homeowners envisioned an exciting outdoor space similar to what they’d experienced during visits to a famous resort,” he said. There’s a 200-foot-long, 6-foot-wide lazy river lined with pebble-finish glass tile and travertine edging. It winds around a sunken fire pit and multiple lounge areas, and under a wooden walking bridge. There are water curtains to splash in along the way.
Other outdoor options these days include the women’s version of the man cave: the “she shed.” The architectural style of a newly built shed might mimic that of the main house. But as with the man cave, the space is meant as a refuge from the household.
“It’s the space where the woman who nurtures everyone goes to nurture herself,” says New York designer Elaine Griffin, an early proponent of these specialized hideaways.
Erika Kotite, in her book “She Sheds: A Room of Your Own” (Cool Springs Press, 2017), included a Seattle modernist artist’s studio, a Balinese teahouse, and a writer’s cabin created from an old tool shed.
“One of the neatest things is that women tell me they finally had a home for ‘X’ — their photographs, a collection,” etc., Kotite says. Some like to create a space quite different in style from the main home, and more playful.
No matter whether your shed is 8 square feet or 20, pay attention to the foundation, she says, and having adequate light. While big-box DIY centers offer some great build-your-own shed kits, “some of (them) may not have the largest windows, so you have to customize,” Kotite says. And while building your own shed might seem daunting, stores like Lowe’s offer how-to videos online.
Griffin notes a trend toward refurbishing existing storage sheds or garages, instead of building new.
“Electrified, customized and dressed to the nines, they’re easier on the budget and clock than building from scratch,” she says.
If you’re close enough to a power source, a bar fridge and lighting is a nice addition. Otherwise, consider coolers, solar lamps and perhaps a fire pit or small camp stove.
Meditation lovers can create a Zen zone in even a small outdoor space. Wind chimes, a small tabletop fountain and some pots of fragrant blooms can make even an apartment balcony a mini retreat.
If you’ve got a bit more room, a wooden platform with pergola, sliding screens or tenting creates a cool, relaxing spot for yoga or contemplation. Set up a comfy bench, hammock or chair far from the noise of the household.
Chicago, Jul 25 (AP/UNB) — Chicago police say three thieves smashed a display window of a high-end department store and stole three mannequins dressed from head to feet in designer clothes.
Police say the theft occurred around 4:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Neiman Marcus store on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
They say three people wearing hoodies pulled up to the store, smashed the window, threw the three mannequins wearing expensive clothes including shoes and bags into the back of an SUV and fled. At least two arms from the mannequins fell off during the theft and were left lying on the ground amid broken glass.
The value of the clothing and other details haven’t been released. Police say no one has been arrested.