Sunday, May 22, 2016

Hair Care Tips For The Summer

 Natural hair rules in the Summer!  Now is the season to let go of the perfect, sleek hairdos and embrace that loose natural look.  Learn how to protect your hair from the heat, sun and humidtiy without turning it into an endless battle   

 Put your hair up in loose, comfortable styles

A messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control and minimizing exposure to the sun. Tight hairstyles can be damaging because they tend to pull and tear hair, especially if your hair is dry from the summer heat.
Cover Up!
Use a scarf or hat to cover your head when you’re out in the sun. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp to retain moisture. A hat reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling, and protects colour-treated hair

Wash less often

Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. Try just rinsing in the shower after a day at the beach or pool, and see if that gets rid of some extra oil. Use a homemade or natural dry shampoo, such as cornstarch, in place of regular shampoo to go a bit longer without washing.  

A Cooling Effect for Hair

After a long day in the sun, a hair mask soothes the scalp and conditions the hair.

Reduce the heat

Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break and go au naturel if you can. Avoid flat-irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Plus, a sleek hairstyle only makes that frizz stand out more.

Spritz & Seal

Make a concoction of water, aloe vera juice, and avocado oil. Keep it on hand to spritz whenever a bit of moisture and/or control is needed. Another good option is argan oil mixed with water.

Condition always

Rinse with apple cider vinegar diluted in water for a quick natural conditioner. Use some coconut oil or shea butter (careful with this, since it can be heavy) to smooth, de-frizz, and moisturize your locks after washing. The oil will give some shine and, if you have wavy hair, create natural, air-dried curls. 

Add some sunscreen

There are shampoos that contain UV protection, but most of those are chemical-laden, conventional shampoos that I’d recommend avoiding. One quick way to add some protection is to run your hands lightly through your hair after applying sunscreen to your body. 
Switch to a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. You may be washing your hair more frequently to deal with summer's sweat and grime. Use a deep-conditioning treatment.

Try a hot oil rinse

Coconut, olive, and avocado oils are good at penetrating the hair shaft. Shampoo hair as usual, then work in oil from ends to roots. Rinse, then condition as usual. Your hair should feel moisturized afterward, but not greasy.

Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush

Avoid pulling anything through your hair when it’s wet, since that’s when it’s most susceptible to breaking. Wide-tooth combs are most gentle for untangling hair, as brushes can pull and tear when they snag strands.


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Leave In Detangler

Hemp Shampoo and Deep Conditioner

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Hair Tips

Brush Before You Wash
Most of us have never even considered the idea of brushing our hair before we jump in the shower, but it makes sense. We lose a lot of hair during the washing process, and guess where all of that hair goes? Down the drain! To reduce clogs, brush before you wash, especially if you are prone to tangles.
Massage Your Scalp
 
Giving yourself a scalp massage in the shower every morning may seem like a waste of time, but it really does stimulate your hair growth and enhance the strength of your roots. So, if you’re growing your hair out, try to do this every day! Why not? It feels great! Did you know that the increased blood flow to your scalp from a massage can also put you in a better mood, reduce stress, and relieve pain by improving circulation? Sounds like it’s worth every minute.

Use a Wide-Tooth Comb

 I’ve been making this mistake for years — combing the tangles out of my wet hair with a paddle brush. After washing your hair, use a wide-tooth comb to get those tangles out instead or use your fingers. The comb doesn’t tug and pull at your hair like a regular brush, so it safely and easily removes tangles with less damage. If you are really prone to tangles, consider leaving a comb in the shower, and use it while you still have conditioner in your hair to remove any stubborn tangles.
Bobby Pins Wavy Side Down
 But wait, isn’t that putting it in upside down?
You would think so, but that’s what the wavy part of the bobby pin was designed for — the wavy part of a bobby pin grabs the hair, while the straight part holds it down. This way also looks better if your bobby pins are exposed!


Let It Absorb

The average woman spends about $300 a year or more on styling products, but most of us are not reaping the full benefits! Just like you let your conditioner sit in your hair a little longer to give it time to work its magic, the same is true for your styling products. After combing your hair out of the shower, apply your products right away and let them absorb into your strands for about 10 minutes before you break out your hair dryer and other various styling tools
Dry Before You Style
When you place a heating tool on wet or damp hair, it creates very hot steam, and causes slow but inevitable damage. Before you break out your curling iron or flat iron, play it safe and make sure your hair is completely dry.





All of these brushes! What are they for?
1. Paddle  — A paddle brush is the most versatile brush, but it is especially helpful if you have long and/or thick hair. It can manage a lot of hair all at once and smooths it down for a sleeker look. If you lack volume, you may want to consider a different type of brush.
2. Wide-Tooth Comb — Because the teeth have such large gaps, these combs are ideal for combing tangles out of wet hair without causing any damage. You might also want to use one in place of a brush if you have frizzy hair.
3. Fine-Tooth Comb — these combs are great for teasing, creating a nice straight part, and for detailed grooming.
4. Thermal — these brushes work with your dryer, locking in heat. They create a faster drying time and allow you to easily curl and smooth your hair under.
5. Boar Bristled — These bristles are gentle and redistribute oils throughout your hair, bringing out its natural shine. They are ideal for fine to normal hair because they also give you a little extra oomph!
6. Skinny Round  — This brush is great for bangs or short hair. It smooths your hair while drying and helps manage shorter pieces of hair.
7. Large Round  — This brush can straighten or curl your hair while drying, depending on how you use it. A larger round brush is ideal for creating volume to otherwise flat hair.
8. Half Radial — This brush is perfect for shorter styles such as a bob when you like to have your hair curved up or under on the ends.
9. Vented  — These brushes are ideal when blow drying your hair because they provide an apple amount of air flow and help create volume.

Thanks for stopping by
Michelle
Pegasus Soaps
 




Thursday, March 3, 2016

New Sugar Scrub Balls

These are fabulous sugar cubes that are fun and easy to use in the bath or shower. They will leave you clean, feeling fresh , polished and smelling terrific. These are great for rough areas such as the feet, elbows and knees. The sugar helps exfoliate the skin and leave it feeling really soft with the added oils. These ball makes it so much easier to scrub the areas you need to scrub.

I have made these once before but they were in the shape of cubes but thought I make these in nice size round balls. I absolutely love these. Easy to use and very convenient. Just grab a ball, add a little water and squeeze and rub on any area in a circular motion. Rinse and repeat if you like. This will leave your skin exfoliated and feeling refreshed and smooth.


 I will be adding more scrub balls soon so please keep checking back.

Coming Soon

Peppermint Charcoal Scrub Balls
Seaweed Sugar Scrub Scrub Balls
Cucumber Melon Sugar Scrub Balls
Honey Sugar Scrub Balls
Lavender Sugar Scrub Balls

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Michelle

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Friday, January 22, 2016

No Bake Chocolate Eclair

When I post a recipe here, its usually because I have tried it and it is worth posting. This recipe has become my all time favorite and easy deserts to make so I thought I share it.

Ingredients

Filling
3 box(es) 3.5 oz instant vanilla pudding
3 cups Milk ( i substituted for skim milk) 
1 container 8oz cool whip( I also substituted for low fat or reduced)
Graham crackers (graham crackers without the cinnamon)
 
Topping
3 tablespoons Cocoa (unsweetened)
11/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons salted butter, melted
3 tablespoons whole milk (I used skim or fat free milk) 

Tip: DON'T USE SOY MILK IN THE PUDDING OR IT WILL NOT SET CORRECTLY. USE REGULAR MILK. 
(My first attempt I used almond milk and it was ok but not quite solid as if you use regular milk but still good. :-)

Preparation

Instructions:
1. Whisk together the pudding and milk in a large mixing bowl until thickened, about 2 minutes. Fold in the Cool Whip.

2. Spray a 9×13 baking pan with non-stick spray. Line the bottom of the pan with a single layer of graham crackers, breaking them in smaller pieces to fit the edges of the pan.

3. Spread half of the pudding mixture evenly over the bottom layer of graham crackers.

4. Top with a second layer of graham crackers, followed by the second half of the pudding.

5. Top with the third and final layer of graham crackers.

6. Whisk together the cocoa powder, powdered sugar, melted butter and 3 Tbsp whole milk to make the chocolate frosting.

7. Spread evenly over top the third layer of graham crackers.

8. Refrigerate overnight so the pudding has time to set up and the graham crackers soften before serving.

recipe courtesy of tiphero.com

Thursday, January 21, 2016

10 Ways to Stress Out Your Cat

  1. Punish him for behaving like a cat. When your kitty is doing something you don't want him to, getting physical with him will do only one thing: teach him to fear you. Yelling "no" will scare him off, but probably only momentarily.
  2. Instead, when you find your cat misbehaving, distract him with a toy or activity to show him what you want him to do instead, and then lavishly reward him for his desirable behavior.
    Make sure your cat has plenty of approved climbing and scratching surfaces, and keep potentially hazardous items out of his reach.

  1. Assume she understands what you're saying. Cats and other animals use body language to communicate. That's why talking to them is usually unproductive.
  2. Instead, if you teach kitty "sit" and other commands, she will learn to associate your words with the behaviors you want to see. Like dogs, cats can be clicker trained using food rewards. According to Catster:
    "Cat clicker training is an easy and fun way to help shape your cat's behavior. The scientific term for the method is operant conditioning – simply put, it means you can take advantage of your cat's natural tendency to repeat an action that has a positive consequence.
    With clicker training, punishments are not used. You 'mark' a desirable behavior with a click, and then reward it with a treat."1
  3. Grab his head. It's natural for humans to approach cats head on, however, it's anything but natural for the cat. If you've noticed, the response of most cats is to recoil from a direct grab.
  4. Unfortunately, as soon as the cat throws it in reverse, many people are so committed to the exchange they grab kitty's head and proceed to ruffle his fur. Now, imagine how you'd like it if someone did that to you!
    Cats don't appreciate a head-on approach or head grabs. They are much more comfortable with long, gentle strokes from the head or neck area to the tail, or a bit of scratching around the ears or chin.

  1. Hold her to kiss or hug her. Cats are natural predators, but they're also prey. The first thing a predator does upon catching a prey animal is restrain it, which is why your kitty needs to maintain her ability to move freely and escape.
  2. It's also why your kitty probably gets stressed when you hold her, even though you're being affectionate. Cats like to have all interactions on their own terms (it's part of their need to control their environment), so it's always best to let kitty come to you.

  1. Ignore his litterbox. Cats are very clean creatures, so it goes without saying they detest a dirty bathroom. Most kitties held captive in homes will happily use the litterbox and not the floor or some other off-limits location as long as their human keeps their bathroom clean.
  2. Kitty's litterbox should be scooped at least once daily, and dumped and thoroughly cleaned every one to two weeks. This will help prevent your cat from eliminating outside the box, and will also allow you to regularly monitor the quantity and quality of his "output."

  1. Pick a bad spot for her litterbox. Just as human toilets aren't located in the middle of the living room, neither should kitty's litterbox be in an open, noisy, and high-traffic area of your home.
  2. Just like us, cats need a private, safe spot in which to do their business. Situate the litterbox in a quiet area of your home in which kitty isn't apt to encounter people, other pets, or loud appliances. If your cat is older, be sure the location and the litterbox itself are easily accessible to her.

  1. Use your fingers and toes as toys. It's enormously tempting to wiggle the old tootsies or fingers under the covers to watch your cat's reaction. It's also normal to be painfully surprised to learn just how quickly he can move, and how sharp those little teeth and claws are!
  2. What you should NOT do in response is get angry at your cat, since you mimicked the behavior of prey, and he responded appropriately. A better option is to use interactive toys to engage with your kitty so he learns your hands and other body parts are not prey.

  1. Leave her alone for days. Many people believe one of the advantages of having a cat is that their independent nature allows them to be left on their own for long periods.
  2. While it's true that cats don't require as much hands-on attention as dogs do, it's really not a good idea to leave your cat alone when you travel.
    Number one, kibble, which is the only food that won't spoil sitting out in the open for days, isn't a species-appropriate diet for cats. I never recommend dry pet food, especially for kitties.
    In addition, many cats will gorge themselves, eating all the food within hours after you leave. Then they (often) throw up and have nothing to eat until you return. This is stressful for your cat, and can also endanger her health, since kitties need to eat every day.

    An unattended, un-scooped, stinky litterbox is an invitation to your cat to find some other spot to relieve herself. And finally, in a worst-case scenario your cat could injure herself or become ill during your absence, and no one would know.
    I recommend asking a friend, relative, neighbor or professional pet sitter to stop by each day during your absence to feed and water kitty, scoop the litterbox, and spend a few minutes with her to insure she's content and healthy.

  1. Use scented candles, plug-ins, cologne, or other strong-smelling chemicals. Cats are very sensitive to odors (it's one of the reasons they are so stressed during veterinary visits – all those smells!) and are often bothered by strong scents in the air, on clothing or bedding, and even on their humans.
  2. If you share your home with a kitty, try to keep your use of chemicals of all kinds to a minimum, especially those with a strong odor. Instead, choose organic, non-toxic home cleaners in place of toxic pine-based floor cleaners, chemical wet mops, or ammonia/bleach-based cleaners.

  1. Bring home strange cats. Any new member of the household, two-legged or four, will cause temporary stress for your cat. This goes double for a new feline addition to the family, especially when the stranger isn't properly introduced.
  2. The introduction of a new cat to the family should be well controlled. This means setting him up in a separate area initially, and letting the cats get accustomed to each other gradually, at their own pace. This approach will help reduce the risk of inter-cat aggression and keep everyone's stress level down.

Information provided by HealthyPets

Monday, January 18, 2016

Freebies!!??




Someone pays for it. That would be me. :-)

Over the years I have been selling online, I have been asked many times each week about getting “freebies” of my products.  I use to give away freebies to my "friends" and family on many occasions and it was usually to get their feedback about my new products or new soaps that I have created. Basically guinea pigs LOL.  Now am I getting their honest opinion about some of my products? I don’t know and I think it maybe in fear of not wanting to hurt my feelings and that is understandable, but for the most part it has been positive.

Ok getting back to the free stuff, here is my problem, when I first started giving out free samples to friends and co workers to try for free, I would get no feedback, they would disappear after getting their "freebies" never to be heard from again.  No, “oh by the way I got our package, nothingNothing!  I used to give out freebies in the hopes to get feedback and future sales for my online business.  But in all fairness, I do get wonderful feedback from my two sisters  Pam and Wendy and my twin brother Mike who really love my soaps. So those family members have always been supportive and have given me great feedback on my products.

Ok here is my problem with giving out freebies to bloggers. On a regular bases I get “can I have a free sample of your products so I can promote your products and your website on my blog My problem with this is: 1. If the bloggers are getting free samples, I don't think I will get a honest feedback. Most likely the feedback will be positive Why?   If they gave me a bad review on one of my products, the likely hood of me giving them more free stuff  will be a big fat 0.  Don’t bite the seller that gives you free stuff. So I will never give free products to bloggers. EVER.  First I have to eat the cost of packaging, my products (whether if it is soap or other items), containers, postage and paper to print the shipping labels with using my own paper and ink to mail them with USPS which costs $$$$, not to mention I have to take to the PO to ship.

I have had some say “I guess you don’t want my business”.  By giving away freebies I am giving away my money and my time. Some might say “well by giving away samples gets more people to notice your products and the possibility of a return customer" This maybe true but  hey if you are a small time home based business like myself, you just can’t afford to do that. If I gave samples on a weekly basis to everyone that asks for them and word gets around (especially on social media that I give out freebies) everyone would be crawling out of the woodwork requesting samples.

Besides my products are valuable to me. I have invested a lot of time, energy, creativity money and hard work to make my products for everyone to enjoy.  It is not something I take lightly. I really love what I do and although I may not offer free samples to everyone that just asks for them, I do offer free samples if you are a paying customer. I ALWAYS GIVE FREE SAMPLES WITH PAID ORDERS. And I do offer small samples in my online shopping venues for customers to buy and try.
So in closing,  I thank you for your support of my business and taking the steps to having better skin with our line of products.  I am here to support you once you become my customer to give you the best bath and body products that I have to offer.  But what I cannot do is give any freebies out in that process. Sorry:-(

Thanks for stopping by
Michelle
Pegasus Soaps