There’s poop on your toothbrush….

Published January 2, 2017 by Stylist&Reviewer

Do you have any idea how gross toothbrushes are? I mean seriously….Let me throw some facts your way….

For instance, want to know just some of the things that are definitely possibly lingering on your bristly little friend?

  • E Coli
    When you flush your toilet- (you know, the thing that is usually right next to the sink, where you keep your tooth brushes) that flush effectively aerosolizes all kinds of nasty germs in a 5 to 6 FOOT radius….aaaand deposits bacteria like Escherichia coli, or E. coli, directly onto your toothbrush.
  • Gastroenteritis
    Gastroenteritis, or infectious diarrhea, is one such illness. “In bathrooms with a toilet attached, [researchers] looked at toothbrushes in normal use between one and three months,” Geisinger says. “At the three-month mark, they found E. coli colonies.Dr. Maria Geisinger, DDS, an assistant professor and periodontist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham had the following lovely tidbits to share; Once E. coli and the other bacteria on this list form colonies, they’re a lot harder to kill because “they start to make an extracellular matrix, which protects them from antimicrobial medicines that you might use in the toothpaste, mouthwash, and even antibiotics,” Geisinger says. “One of the reasons you can’t just take an antibiotic and say ‘oh good, my dental disease is cured’ is because they’re actually in a biofilm.”And that’s not all…..When these bacteria start to mix, they can result in almost a bio-dome effect. Think of the algae at the bottom of a pool….it cannot just be rinsed off with some anti-bacterial liquid…no, it has to be SCRUBBED. That’s because these bacteria mingle together and create their own little extracellular matrix. in fact, complex biofilms can have their own circulatory system!!!!! (seriously guys….they are pretty much having their own little party on your toothbrush, just waiting to get bigger and take over the world.)And of course, I can’t forget to tell you some of the other yuckies that have been found on toothbrushes, such as
  • STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS (yup. That’s the stuff that causes Staph infections…..and are often associated with MRSA!)
  • FOOD DEBRIS Don’t forget, what you had for dinner last night, can be dinner for the bacteria on your tooth brush tonight!
  • LACTOBACILLUS AND PSEUDOMONAS “These are two bacteria that have been associated with pneumonia type infections, particularly in hospital settings” where a patient is on a ventilator, Geisinger says.
  • HSV1 (or) HERPES SIMPLEX TYPE ONE This used to be considered oral herpes, but now up to 50% of genital lesions are caused by HSV1 (instead of HSV2 which was traditionally considered the viral strain responsible for genital herpes)
    “The viruses are different than bacteria because they come in little capsules, and they’re not technically alive—they need your cells to replicate. In a patient who has an active herpes outbreak, an oral cold sore, that virus can be retained on the toothbrush up to a week.” Geisinger says.Don’t forget, theres also a chance that you could have lingering germies such as HPV, CANDIDA (Causes yeast infections) and Blood.So, if you’re anything like me, right about now you’re thinking, ‘WHAT?! I thought that my toothbrush was meant to make me healthier, not be planning to kill me!’
    It’s ok, calm down, it has no hands, it can’t actually attempt to murder you! (I hope)But having said that, here are two major things that you can do to help battle against the practical biowarfare that you were blissfully ignorant to happening in your own bathroom.

1- Put the seat down BEFORE YOU FLUSH!!!!

2-INVEST in a sanitizing dental care kit!!!

I was lucky enough to be able to ‘test’ this one from #Sterline. Their tag line is #TheBetterBasics and I’ve got to agree. Its a super fancy product at a not so fancy price. The kit includes 3 different brush heads, and all of them are stored in the little ‘box’ on the side of the unit. But what’s awesome about it, is that you close the door of the unit and not only does it store and protect the brush heads, but also runs a 12 minute UV sterilizing cycle! No poop particles in my mouth! 20161205094843dfff5e85fba01091cb2cbd17e10204cc3cc0d68404eb1fe7c173771e4d5b98b7beb93d48-520-520
Thanks for taking the time to take this journey of terrifying knowledge with me. I hope I’ve helped to scare the bajeebus out of you teach you some super valuable health information!

If you’d like to help combat the yuckiness in your bathroom, then check our Sterline by visiting http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AK9S9VC/

Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to subscribe to this beginning blogger!

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How to apply Micro-link extensions (Without a hook!!)

Published May 23, 2016 by Stylist&Reviewer


This post contains affiliate links. I do not earn anything if you click on them. They are for informational purposes only, and I have no monetary gain from this product.
The extensions featured in this tutorial are by #grizzly and can be bought on amazon here.

 

 

Recently, a whole lot has changed in my family’s daily schedule, and what I mean by that, is our schedule went to hell. 6 months ago, I was in school full time, my husband was a Corpsman in the military, and both my children were thriving within the schedule of educational daycare 5 days a week. “What happened” is a WHOLE other blog post….Hell, it’s a whole other blog.
But, The reason I mention all of that is because I am now searching for things to do one-on-one with my daughter, Ameliah. She is a smart kid, and the lack of structure and learning opportunities in our ‘new’ daily life has her up to no good. I mean, this kid is so bored that she’s started stealing, throwing fits, regressing terribly. Instead of continuing to pull my hair out with frustration over what to do, I decided to ADD hair instead.

I know, I’m sounding crazy, but bear with me here.

Ameliah Thrives on one-on-one attention. She is eager to please, and has a love of girly things which I attribute to my bringing her In to the salon when I was a student, to receive services. She was the only 4 year old with hot-pink highlights, different braids every day, and full mani-pedi’s.

So, when I had the chance to ‘review’ a set of faux feather extensions, I decided that it would be a great one-on-one activity for her and I. Then, Thinking a little further, I thought, ‘hey, Why don’t I go ahead and make a tutorial, maybe my whole 1 subscriber will see it and learn something! (One day my witty nature will win me blog fame….a girl can hope Open-mouthed smile ha-ha!)

So, Here are some step-by step directions to apply micro-link extensions. Remember, this method is used for pretty much any kind of MLE, not just ‘faux feather’ kinds, it’s just the placement and amount that would differ.

 

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Supplies Needed

1) extensions to be used. (We chose pink to match mama’s hair.

2) Shears/Scissors.

3) the hook that (hopefully) comes with the set. OR if you’re like me and lost it, then a thin piece of wire or thread.

4) a comb and clip. (I used a rat-tail comb because you want to be able to make a ‘clean’ parting.)

5) needle-nose pliers

6) Links in the color of your choice.

 

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Step 1) Cleanly section the hair. In Ameliah’s case, I chose to go further down then I would for others, due to her baby-fine hair. Your sectioning can really be anywhere, as long as you take in to account that the metal link will be pushed flat, and therefore may poke out easily. it’s VERY important to make a clean parting here, because (speaking from experience) if you have 1 hair in that ‘strand’ that is misplaced, it will pull and drive you insane. you want to make sure that the only hairs that you include in the ‘strand’ are ones that are meant to be there.

 

 

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2) choose a small strand/section of hair, no wider than 1/8th of an inch. Too much hair will make it impossible to thread through the link. Too little hair will result in breakage because it won’t be a strong enough foundation for the extension and metal link. Notice the line across my fingers in this photograph….that is the small wire that I chose to use to demonstrate alternatives to using a hook for micro link extensions.

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3A) If you are using a hook, then thread the link down the hook, then place the hair strand through the catch on the hook.
3B) if you are NOT using a hook, then simply lay the hair strand over the wire, then bring both ends of the wire up to meet in the middle, and pop the link over both wire ends.

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4) Once you’ve pulled the link back off the hook (or wire) you should be left with the hair strand threaded cleanly through the link. At this point, you simply line the hardened tip of the extension through the link.

***USEFUL TIP! I don’t think that I have EVER left a tip long. I always trim mine. Actually I usually cut about half of the hardened tip off. This is because if it’s too long, it’ll stick out at a weird angle, as well as poke you in the head. Not super comfortable!)

 

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4)….(Yes, I’ve done step 4 twice, because it’s really important, LINE UP YOUR TIPS!) Here is an example of my dirty nails…ew! how closely you should line up the tip with the link. Remember…pokey in head=ouchie.

 

Once you have them lined up just right, use a pair of needle-nose pliers to squeeze that link closed. Yep…it’s that easy!

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6) Trim the extensions to length, and enjoy!

Here is a video of me applying these same extensions to a client of mine.

A word to the wise about micro-link extension techniques….

Please remember that this technique of extension can damage hair if the hair is too thin or fragile. I put these in to my daughters hair and then removed them to avoid damage. Her hair is baby-fine and the weight of the metal link plus extension would of caused hair breakage if left in for an extended period of time, But, the model included in my video is continuing to wear them because her hair is thicker and can handle the micro-links. Use your discretion when deciding how to wear them.

 

 

 

Want to know how I know I’ve ‘created a monster’ by bringing Ameliah in to the salon at 4 years old onwards? She took one look and said, ‘mama, they are nice….But I can’t see them enough, I’d like foils please.’ Yup, she’ll be hell on wheels to my wallet in a few years!!

And one more time….The extensions featured in this tutorial can be purchased on amazon here although there is no monetary gain to me if you click or purchase.

*Review* GreenWe flag stand

Published April 12, 2016 by Stylist&Reviewer

So, recently brock was medically retired from the United States Navy, where he had served as a Corpsman for almost 10 years. It’s the end of a chapter in life, and I already miss the routine and patriotism that the Navy brought to our lives. When I was invited to participate in the #promotion try out GreenWe’s flag stand, I was excited and accepted immediately. I love the ‘message’ that it gives by having it in our yard. It was easy to assemble, and it’s compact but still highly visible. If you’d like to grab one, then click here.

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*Review* Loupe LED Magnifying glass set

Published April 9, 2016 by Stylist&Reviewer

Yes guys, another review 🙂

 

Today, I am sharing with you the information from the #promotion of the loupe LED magnifying glass. If you’d like to play detective have a tool to let you see things way more clearly, then grab one of these awesome sets here.

 

I genuinely really like this magnifying glass set.
I found that it’s really all you could need, with the three different lenses. The LED light is a great bonus too, allowing me to see items more clearly than I would otherwise.
I appriciate that it’s easy to switch out the lenses, as many items with this kind of design ends up unused by me, due to the difficulty to push in the little latches, but this one is easy to use.
I found it to be durable too…my two year old has played with this magnifying lense often, and the lenses show no wear and tear or scratches. The LED light also sat ‘on’ for several hours when I didnt notice that my son had not turned it off, but it still works and shows no signs of burning out.
All in all, I really recommend this set, for so many uses that it would be stupid to list them all.
*Side note* I will be uploading a video to update this review with.

I did receive this product at a discount (or free) in exchange for an honest review. I strive to provide fellow consumers with the most detailed, unbiased and (hopefully) helpful reviews that I can, believing that allowing a discount to influence a review is a disservice to other shoppers. Therefore, anything contained in this review can be considered my own independent and unbiased thoughts and opinions, which have not been influenced in any way.

I like to review stuff

Published April 1, 2016 by Stylist&Reviewer

 

 

Hello all,

Today, I am going to post about a neat little gadget that I had the chance to review…And tomorrow, I’m going to post about this hobby I have (Reviewing free/discounted items) and how you can get involved too!

 

But for now, lets focus on this handy little tool, shall we?

 

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I hate having to write a ton when I’ve already filmed a video in which I’ve said the exact same things, so go ahead and check out the video to find out more 🙂

Can Sweet’N Low really help with hair color allergies?!?

Published March 28, 2016 by Stylist&Reviewer

Disclaimer: This was an experiment I chose to do while in cosmetology school a few years ago. I took the risk knowing the possible outcome, however I will not be held accountable for any possible reaction you may have IF you decide to try this at home. This is my own experience, and I do not guarantee any results.

 

I’m a hair stylist, who specializes in color, who is allergic to haircolor. Yep, awesome career choice, right?

I found out about my unfortunate allergy when I was about 19 years old, and on kick of coloring my hair black and bright pink. Surprisingly, it was a decent look on me. The red, oozing sores that would appear all over my scalp after coloring? Not such a hot look.

Ever since then, I had been experimenting with different techniques, products, and methods in an effort to allow me to color my hair without feeling like I had applied fire ants to my scalp afterwards…

One day, I was at a clients home when she mentioned adding Splenda to the haircolor, asking if i’d ever heard of doing it. (Just a note, Splenda was NOT used in the experiment.)

……’Splenda? No……I havent.’

*pause, with color brush still in hand, dripping with dye-lifter.*

‘Hold on….’

Then, like any world-class professional, I dug out my phone, and began to furiously google this new idea. I wanted to hear more about this possible allergy solution! Client’s out-come be damned! (Just kidding. I was 95% sure that the extra time wouldn’t affect her hair. Luckily it didn’t.)

After some searching, I found some articles that stated that Sweet’N Low had been reported to reduce haircolor reactions. So, like any completely insane passionate stylist would, I decided to test this theory.

The next day, I walked in to school and asked some instructors if they had ever heard of this theory. Even Mrs A hadn’t.

Sidenote: Mrs A was an old-school instructor who was all about those wacky old theories, such as using cigarette ashes in hair color. One time, I burned myself really quite seriously on a 450 degree curling iron. It started to blister almost immediately. She saw it and insisted I slather mustard all over it. Yes, mustard. The kind that you put on a sandwich. I sat in the back room for 30 minutes, re-applying the mustard over and over. To this day, I’m not sure if the small amount of relief it gave was proportionate to the huge amount of ‘crazy’ that I looked. 

So, instead of give up, I googled more. I happened to find this article which explains the science behind it…

Cream of tartar, AKA potassium bitartrate, is one of the ingredients in Sweet’N Low. It has a low pH buffer, while saccharin [another main ingredient in it] also has an acidic pH. Because of these properties, it is believed that the addition of artificial sweeteners helps neutralize some of the ammonia used in hair color and mitigate irritation.

satisfied that all of those big words HAD to mean something, I ran on to the clinic floor to beg someone for their left-over haircolor. Luckily, someone had just finished applying and was happy to give me their left-overs. in the back room, I mixed up the concoction that I was hoping would change my life!

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as you can see, I mixed one packet in with a small amount. I’d guess the ratio to be about 9 parts haircolor to 1 part sweetener.

I applied it behind one ear (one of the two traditional places for a patch test to observe possible allergies) and applied haircolor without Sweet’n Low to the other ear.

Here is a look at the results… (sorry about the crappy camera work. I didn’t plan to blog this one day!)

 

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Personally, I think the results speak for themselves.

Once again, try this at your own risk, but if you’re feeling risky and frisky, then let me know what YOUR results are!

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