Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Homemade Hair Treatments

Eggs, yogurt and honey are, at first glance, all components of a tasty breakfast—but they also happen to be hair treatment ingredients, and affordable, all-natural ones at that. And they're not the only ones. Did you know, for instance, that the oils in avocados more closely resemble our own skin's oils than any product in the beauty aisle does? Or that the mild acidity in lemon is an effective—and gentler—alternative to chemical-laden products? Next time your locks need a lift, save money by using one of these kitchen fixes.

For All Hair Types

"The [raw] egg is really the best of all worlds," says Janice Cox, author of Natural Beauty at Home. The yolk, rich in fats and proteins, is naturally moisturizing, while the white, which contains bacteria-eating enzymes, removes unwanted oils, she explains.

To Use: For normal hair, use the entire egg to condition hair; use egg whites only to treat oily hair; use egg yolks only to moisturize dry, brittle hair, Cox says. Use 1/2 cup of whichever egg mixture is appropriate for you and apply to clean, damp hair. If there isn’t enough egg to coat scalp and hair, use more as needed. Leave on for 20 minutes, rinse with cool water (to prevent egg from “cooking”) and shampoo hair. Whole egg and yolks-only treatments can be applied once a month; whites-only treatment can be applied every two weeks.

For Dull Hair

Styling products (as well as air pollution) can leave a film that both saps moisture and dulls shine—but dairy products like sour cream and plain yogurt can help reverse this damage. "Lactic acid gently strips away dirt while the milk fat moisturizes," says Lisa Belkin, author of The Cosmetics Cookbook.

To Use: Massage 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt into damp hair and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water, followed by cool water, then shampoo hair as you normally would. Treatment can be applied every other week.

For Itchy Scalp
To fight flakes—brought on by poor diet, stress and climate, among other factors—try a lemon juice and olive oil mixture in your hair. "The acidity in lemon juice helps rid your scalp of any loose, dry flakes of skin, while the olive oil moisturizes the [newly exposed] skin on your head," says Cox.

To Use: Mix 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp water, and massage into damp scalp. Let mixture sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every other week.

For Limp or Fine Hair

To add body to hair, reach for an unlikely beauty beverage: beer! The fermented drink contains generous supplies of yeast, which works to plump tired tresses, explains Cox.

To Use: Mix 1/2 cup flat beer (pour beer into a container and let it sit out for a couple of hours to deplete carbonation) with 1 tsp light oil (sunflower or canola) and a raw egg. Apply to clean, damp hair, let sit for 15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. Or add flat beer only to a spray bottle and spritz onto dry hair. "When the liquid evaporates, the remaining protein residue (from the wheat, malt or hops) continues to strengthen and structure hair," says Belkin. Treatments can be applied every other week.

For Dry or Sun-Damaged Hair
Whatever your hair-dehydrating demon—hard water, sun overexposure, your trusty flat iron—nature's sweetener can help. "Honey is a natural humectant, which means it attracts and locks in moisture," says Cox.

To Use: Massage approximately 1/2 cup honey into clean, damp hair, let sit for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. You can also add 1 to 2 Tbsp olive oil to loosen the honey for easier application. For extremely sun-damaged hair, trying mixing honey with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a protein-rich ingredient, like avocado or egg yolk, which will help replenish the keratin protein bonds that UV rays attack. Treatment can be applied once a month.

For Oily or Greasy Hair

"Used properly, [cornmeal or cornstarch] is an inexpensive way to remove oil and grease," says Belkin.

To Use: Pour 1 Tbsp cornmeal or cornstarch into an empty salt or pepper shaker and sprinkle onto dry hair and scalp until you’ve used it all. After 10 minutes, use a paddle hairbrush to completely brush it out. Treatment can be applied every other day.

For Frizzy Hair

Home beauty experts swear by avocado—and not just to repair damaged hair. Its oils (which are light and moist like our own natural skin secretions) and proteins boast the best combination of nutrients for smoothing and weighing down unruly hair, explains Cox.

To Use: Mash up half an avocado and massage into clean, damp hair. Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with water. Amp up moisturizing power by combining mashed avocado with 1 to 2 Tbsp of a hydrating ingredient, like sour cream, egg yolks or mayonnaise. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.

For Residue-Ridden Hair

"Nothing eats through product buildup like baking soda," Cox says. Sodium bicarbonate essentially breaks down anything acidic.

To Use: Mix 1 to 2 Tbsp baking soda with small amounts of water until a thick paste forms. Massage into damp hair and let sit for 15 minutes. Rinse with water, then shampoo hair. Treatment can be applied every two weeks.

Sunday, January 4, 2004

Kristen Jaymes Stewart

Kristen Jaymes Stewart is an American actress born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. Stewart’s family is not foreign to Hollywood, her father is a television producers employed by Fox and her mother is a script supervisor and film director.

Stewart got her first role in as Sam Jennings in 2001 independent film ‘The Safety of Objects’ alongside Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney. At age 17 Stewart was awarded the role of Isabella Swan in the vampire drama ‘Twilight’. Twilight was released in 2008 distributed by Summit Entertainment the film grossed $392 million.

Sunday, May 18, 2003

what Android Lollipop has to offer

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  • Material design

    A bold, colourful and responsive UI design for consistent, intuitive experiences across all your devices.
    • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
    • Vivid new colours, typography and edge-to-edge imagery help to focus your attention.
  • Notifications

    New ways to control when and how you receive messages – only get interrupted when you want to be.
    • View and respond to messages directly from your lock screen. Includes the ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications.
    • For fewer disruptions, turn on Priority mode via your device’s volume button so only certain people and notifications get through. Or schedule recurring downtime, such as from 10.00 p.m. until 8.00 a.m., when only Priority notifications can get through.
    • With Lollipop, incoming phone calls won’t interrupt what you’re watching or playing. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re doing.
    • Control the notifications triggered by your apps; hide sensitive content and prioritise or turn off the app’s notifications entirely.
    • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication. See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
  • Battery

    Power for the long haul
    • A battery saver feature that extends device use by up to 90 mins.
    • Estimated time left to fully charge is displayed when your device is plugged in.
    • Estimated time left on your device before you need to charge again can now be found in battery settings.
  • Security

    Keep your stuff safe and sound
    • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
    • Use Android Smart Lock to secure your phone or tablet by pairing it with a trusted device like your wearable or even your car.
  • Device sharing

    More flexible sharing with family and friends
    • Multiple users for phones. If you forget your phone, you still can call any of your friends (or access any of your messages, photos, etc.) by simply logging in to another Android phone running Lollipop. Also perfect for families who want to share a phone, but not their stuff.
    • Guest user for phones and tablets means you can lend your device and not your info
    • Screen pinning: pin your screen so that another user can access just that content without messing with your other stuff
  • New Quick Settings

    Get to the most frequently used settings with just two swipes down from the top of the screen.
    • New handy controls like flashlight, hotspot, screen rotation and cast screen controls.
    • Easier on/off toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and location.
    • Manually adjust your brightness for certain conditions. Then, adaptive brightness will kick in based on ambient lighting.
  • Connectivity

    A better Internet connection everywhere and more powerful Bluetooth low energy capabilities
    • Improved network handoffs resulting in limited interruption in connectivity. For example, continue your video chat or VoIP calls without interruption as you leave the house and switch from your home Wi-Fi back to mobile.
    • Improved network selection logic so that your device connects only if there is a verified internet connection on Wi-Fi.
    • Power-efficient scanning for nearby Bluetooth low energy (“BLE”) devices like wearables or beacons.
    • New BLE peripheral mode.
  • Runtime and performance

    A faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
    • ART, an entirely new Android runtime, improves application performance and responsiveness.
      • Up to 4x performance improvements.
      • Smoother UI for complex, visually rich applications.
      • Compacting backgrounded apps and services so that you can do more at once.
    • Support for 64 bit devices, like the Nexus 9, brings desktop class CPUs to Android.
      • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86 and MIPS-based cores.
      • Shipping 64-bit native apps like Chrome, Gmail, Calendar, Google Play Music and more.
      • Pure Java language apps run as 64-bit apps automatically.
  • Media

    Bolder graphics and improved audio, video and camera capabilities.
    • Lower latency audio input ensuring that music and communication applications that have strict delay requirements provide an amazing realtime experience.
    • Multi-channel audio stream mixing means professional audio applications can now mix up to eight channels including 5.1 and 7.1 channels.
    • USB Audio support means that you can plug USB microphones, speakers and a myriad of other USB audio devices like amplifiers and mixers into your Android device.
    • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
    • A range of new professional photography features for Android Lollipop that let you:
      • Capture full resolution frames around 30 fps.
      • Support raw formats like YUV and Bayer RAW.
      • Control capture settings for the sensor, lens and flash per individual frame.
      • Capture metadata like noise models and optical information.
    • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC to allow for UHD 4K video playback, tunneled video for high-quality video playback on Android TV and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • OK Google

    Easy access to information and performing tasks
    • Even if your screen is off, you can say "OK Google" on devices with digital signal processing support such as Nexus 6 and Nexus 9.
    • Talk to Google on the go to get quick answers, send a text, get directions and more.
  • Coming soon: Android TV

    Support for living room devices
    • User interface adapted for the living room.
    • Less browsing, more watching with personalised recommendations for content like films and TV shows.
    • Voice search for Google Play, YouTube and supported apps so that you can just see what you want to see.
    • Console-style Android gaming on your TV with a gamepad.
    • Cast your favourite entertainment apps to your big screen with Google Cast support for Android TV devices.
  • Accessibility

    Enhanced low-vision and colour-blind capabilities.
    • Boost text contrast or invert colours to improve legibility.
    • Adjust display to improve colour differentiation.
  • Now in 68+ languages

    15 new additions
    • Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil, Telugu
  • Device setup

    Get up and running in no time
    • Tap & go: instant setup of your new Android phone or tablet by simply tapping it to your old one (requires NFC).
    • Whenever you get a new Android phone or tablet, you can bring over your apps from Google Play automatically from any of your old Android devices.
  • And a whole lot more.

    • Tap & pay: easily manage multiple payment apps by quickly switching between them
    • Print preview and page range support
    • Revamped display for battery, Bluetooth, data usage and Wi-Fi settings and new search functionality in settings.
    • New device level feedback for Nexus devices in Settings > About phone > Send feedback.
    • Easier sharing with:
      • Improved ranking of your options within the share menu.
      • Android Beam – lets you share a file with someone nearby by gently tapping the two devices together.
    • Where supported by the hardware, your device will wake up as soon as you pick it up or tap the screen twice.