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Ear Muffs- Ever Wonder How The Warmest Invention Came About?

Ear muffs are so popular that today even snowmen wear them!

Ear muffs are so popular that today even snowmen wear them!

Ear muffs are so popular that today even snowmen wear them! They come in many different warm materials such as fur, fleece, velvet and much more. In addition, they can be found in lots of different styles and colors and are made for young children, kids, teens and adults of all ages. They are stylish, practical and warm which is why they are a necessary winter accessory today.

However, like every practical invention, ear muffs have not been around forever. In the year 1873, a 15 year old boy Chester Greenwood of Maine loved to ice skate. However, his ears got so cold he had to go in and warm up all the time. He was fed up and tired of suffering in the cold northern winter so he went ahead and invented the first pair of ear muffs. They consisted of two circles made of beaver fur lined with velvet and sewn onto a wire loop frame by Chester’s grandmother. Chester was extremely proud of himself because while all his friends had to go in and warm up while ice skating, his ears were kept warm at all times.

Over the years and with much experimentation, Greenwood learned to attach the earmuffs to a flexible spring-steel band that could be coiled to fit in a pocket. Due to the demand, Greenwood opened a small factory in his hometown in 1877 and in 1936 (the year before his death) his factory produced 400,000 ear muffs.  Today, thanks to Chester Greenwood, there are hundreds if not thousands of different kinds and styles of ear muffs to help keep our ears warm. Of course, in this generation some of them are even made as head phones so that you can still listen to music when wearing your earmuffs.

So next time you put on those earmuffs and brace the cold weather don’t forget to give thanks to Chester Greenwood for his brilliant invention. Apparently, in 2007, Maine held a parade to celebrate his invention and 130 years of warm ears, so you can just imagine how much they made a difference to some people’s lives. And hey, next time you feel like you can use and extra something that hasn’t been invented yet, give it a try – you never know what could come out of it….

Womens Hair Loss: Trichotillomania

Continuing to explore the various causes of Hair Loss, in this post we will focus on one that is actually more common in women then men.

Trichotillomania.

What is Trichotillomania?

It’s classified as an Impulse Control Disorder. Basically, it means that someone has a compulsive urge to pull out hair. The word Trichotillomania was coined in 1889 by Francois Henri Hallopeau.

How much more common is Trich in women then men?

Well an exact number is hard to come by since people are generally embarrassed to admit that they are suffering from Trich but a rough estimate can put the number at as much as 4 to 1. As much as 4% of the population in the USA may have suffered from trich at one point or another.

Most symptoms of Hair Loss from Trich usually show up before the age of 17 though they can show up at any age.

In many cases, people experiencing Trich report pulling out one hair at a time and going on for hours.

While there is no known specific iron clad cure for Trich usually if it shows up in patients younger then 6 it can go away on its own, however for many it forms a life long problem.

Treatments that sometimes work include Behavior Modification therapy, as well as the  drug Clomipramine which prevents the absorption of serotonin in the body.

In addition many people that have dealt with Hair Loss from Trich report Support groups as having been very helpful in helping them deal with it.

(Sources include Web MD, pullfreeatlast.com.drugs.com, Wikipedia, and Newsmax.com)

Wedding Hair Styles: Wearing a Tiara on Your Special Day

. The tiara is most certainly a crucial accessory of the whole “princess for a day” look.

I think that in every girl’s head, when imagining themselves on their wedding day – there is definitely a tiara in the picture along with a long white wedding dress. The tiara is most certainly a crucial accessory of the whole “princess for a day” look. It makes the bride look a step above everyone else and really gives her that royal twist.

The tiara that we know today is nothing close to the tiara from ancient history. Today, the tiara can simply be a flat head band with pearls and rhinestones.  Although they are not crown like, they still provide the sparkle and glow to the bride. In addition, today many brides choose to wear a tiara that’s more royal, one that has actual height like a princess.  The princess is light, comfortable and has a comb so that it can be adjusted perfectly on one’s head. They usually have rhinestones and make the bride stand out.

In the olden days tiaras were a sign of royalty and nobility. The tiaras of some of the Eastern Kings were actually ornate and heavy. However, in more classic and simple times, the nobility often wore a band of cloth around their head and tied in a knot behind as a tiara. Yet, mush richer tiaras had been worn a whole lot earlier by the Egyptians. They were extremely delicate and beautiful. For example, one tiara which belonged to the princess was made of delicate flowers in gold wire set on stones. The Greeks on the other hand made their tiaras out of gold and silver and would wear them on special occasions.

Slowly through history, the tiara evolved into the tiara that we are used to today. Of course, the different styles of tiaras have varied a lot throughout history.  They have ranged from royal crowns and princess tiaras to a modern trend towards side tiaras and asymmetrical designs.

So whether you are wearing your hair up or down don’t leave out a tiara on your special day. Today, they come in hundreds of different styles with a choice of any rhinestone, Swarovski, bead or crystal. A beautifully designed tiara makes a great bridal hair accessory to make a bride look and feel like a princess on her wedding day in addition to making her look extremely elegant and stand out in the crowd in her own special way.

Wedding Hair Styles: Using Real Flowers as Hair Accessories

Besides for the fact that the tradition of braiding flowers in your hair for special occasions goes back thousands of years, wearing flowers as a hair accessory in your hair is actually very in style and fashionable this season.

Besides for the fact that the tradition of braiding flowers in your hair for special occasions goes back thousands of years, wearing flowers as a hair accessory in your hair is actually very in style and fashionable this season.

Now that we are just about to enter wedding season, can’t think of a better way to start than with flowers! Besides for the fact that the tradition of braiding flowers in your hair for special occasions goes back thousands of years, wearing flowers as a hair accessory in your hair is actually very in style and fashionable this season. So whether you have a wedding coming up or not the brief demonstration we provided for you below on how to weave flowers into your hair is something anybody and everybody can benefit from.

1. Choosing the right flowers for your hair:

Before you actually start putting the flowers in your hair you must select the flower or group of flowers you would like to wear. Take the time to choose the flowers that compliment your skin tone and your outfit. Some flowers are more durable than others. For example, the orchid is hardier, stronger and long lasting. For a cheaper alternative and a completely different look try the Baby’s Breath flowers (especially nice for kids hair styles) that are also long lasting. In addition, believe it or not, different flowers mean different things; they speak their own language. For example, the red rose symbolizes passion and love, while the pink rose symbolizes friendship, admiration and happiness. Violet represents modesty and faithfulness and Camellia is for gratitude. Of course, every color means something else but generally for weddings or simply for style you might just want to keep to something that compliments you and looks good with what you are wearing.

Now that you have chosen the flowers, place their stems in water.

2.  Preparation:

Start by washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner. Gently brush out any knots or tangles and make sure your hair is smooth to get the best effect for your braid. Try to have one mirror in front of you and one mirror behind you so you can clearly see what’s going on. You can simply place the flower at the front of your hair, in an up do, in a pony or in a braid.

3.  Add the flowers:

If you intend on putting hair spray in your hair to keep your up do, braid or hair style in place, do so BEFORE you put the flowers in. This is very important because hair spray contains alcohol which is the number one ingredient to make flowers die and shrivel up! To keep your flowers alive through the day or throughout a wedding, try to spray some water on the flowers once or twice without getting your hair wet as not to mess up your hair style.

Now, take the flower(s) you want to place in your hair. Cut the stem to about one inch in length. Gently place them where you would want them to sit and make sure the stem is hidden beneath your hair. Once it is exactly where and how you like it, secure it in place with a bobby pin. If you’d like to make it a more simple you can just cut the stems off totally and with your glue gun gently glue them on to an alligator hair clip or barrette.

There, you have it! Of course, we provided you with one of the more simple ways to wear flowers in your hair. There are many more different ways I’m sure you know about… Care to share?

The Cowboy Hat: You Don’t Have To Be a Cowboy To Wear It!

Although the cowboy hat started out as a uniform and hat exclusively for cowboys, the cowboy hat today is definitely a fashionable and trendy hat.

The cowboy hat today is definitely a fashionable and trendy hat.

The cowboy hat as we know it goes back to the 1860’s. Before John B. Stetson invented it cowboys wore many different types of head gear. There was no specific hat or “uniform” so it would be common to see a cowboy wearing sailor hats, war gear, caps, tall hats and many others.

Thankfully, Stetson came along and created what we no know as the cowboy hat. It was truly a great invention since most people look good in them, not only cowboys. For many, cowboy hats are  great for the summer. People love wearing straw cowboy hats in the summer to block the sun from their face since it’s not just any other cap; it really looks cool. A cowboy hat adds a lot to an outfit and believe it or not, when you’re wearing one, you get the spirit of a cowboy!

Suddenly you feel like you can do anything! Sort of like the Lone Ranger.

Some wear them when going horseback riding or simply when working in the garden. It also makes a great hat to dress up a lovely summer outfit and makes you feel taller and stronger!

Just like any other type, different cowboy hats are made of different materials. The most expensive and high quality ones are made from real felt, which is animal fur. A typical felt used in the cowboy hat is that of a beaver, a muskrat or a rabbit. However, it is very common to see a one made from a mixture of beaver, muskrat fur and rabbit fur. Another fabric or material used is straw, which is what we are mostly familiar with today. (Nowadays however, many straw hats are actually made from the pulp of a tree just like paper so often, cowboy hats and other straw hats will have 100% paper listed as the content.) These are definitely more affordable, comfortable, lightweight and stylish! They are worn by cowboys and many other men, women and children around the world.

There are many different styles and looks for a cowboy hat but the most common is simply a wide brimmed hat with a medium sized crown. In addition there is a prominent pinch at the front of the crown to give it that country look and cowboy twist.

Although the cowboy hat started out as a uniform and hat exclusively for cowboys,  today it definitely is a fashionable and trendy style option. Put it together with a pair of cowboy boots and your good to go! So when packing for your summer vacation up in the mountains, a camping trip or any other summer getaway don’t forget your cowboy hat to add to the spirit! If you don’t own a cowboy hat or are just a little too feminine for them definitely go for a beach or straw sun hat which will do just the trick and look really good!

Soft Pre-tied Headwraps: Different Ways They Can Be Worn

Soft wide headbands are rapidly making it to one of the hottest and most popular hair accessories!

Soft wide headbands are rapidly making it to one of the hottest and most popular hair accessories. There are many reasons why head wraps are so well liked but, I think it is safe to say that the most common reason is because people feel that by buying only one head wrap they are actually getting much more. Soft wide head wraps have many different purposes and ways to be worn. Not only are they cost efficient but they are also really comfortable and pretty. Below are a few different ways a soft wide head wrap can be worn.

1. Partial Head Cover:

Women with a mild case of alopecia or hair loss that have thin hair or bald spots in the front of their head wear a soft wide headband to cover up the spots without hair. Soft wide headbands worn as a half covering allows them to wear the rest of their hair down without having to fully cover it. In addition, they are comfortable, stylish and easy to put on.

2. Wigs:

Soft wide headbands are also great for women who wear wigs and want to make it look more natural. In addition, some women wear a fall. A fall is a wig that doesn’t have hair in the front of the wig; the hair starts further back on the cap in order to make it more lightweight and comfortable. These wigs are meant to be worn with something on top such as a beret, hat or soft wide headband.

3. Thin Headband:

A soft wide headband can also be worn as a thin headband. Either, you can fold it in half for a neat and put together look, or you can put it on regular and gently crunch it up towards the front of your head. Using a soft wide head band as a thin headband is great since it is original, different and really comfortable!

4. Fashion Headscarf:

Another great way to wear a soft wide head band is like a fashion head scarf tied around the top of your head. It’s a perfect summer head scarf for camping, outings and outdoor activities.

Of course, soft wide head bands are mostly worn to keep ones hair out of ones face. They are great for cooking, cleaning, gardening and any other time you want your hair out of your face. They are the best way to go since they are light, comfortable and most importantly- stylish!

Like I said, soft wide headbands for women are cost efficient, comfortable stylish and oh so practical! Feel free to leave a comment about another way it can be worn- I’m sure there are plenty we didn’t mention that you know about!

Spring Fashion 2013: All About Color

With the neon colors from the 80’s and 90’s back in style- you’ll be sure to make a fashion statement

Now that we’re finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel and starting to get some nice and sunny days- it’s time to stock up on spring and summer head coverings and hair accessories. Every season brings along its own colors and styles; this spring, neon, pastel and bright hair accessories are sprouting everywhere like garden flowers after a long and cold winter. Luckily for us, the colors that are in are so hot that I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they were worth waiting for!

Firstly and most importantly, it’s not about one “in” color anymore. Don’t be afraid to wear something with a mix of different colors as long as they blend nicely together. With the neon colors from the 80’s and 90’s back in style- you’ll be sure to make a fashion statement. Colors such as coral and aqua not only complement every skin tone and brings the color you so desperately need after a long winter to your face but believe it or not, it also has positive effects on your mood. Color has the power to make dull and boring things exciting and cool! Try golden yellow, tangerine, cobalt blue and neon green to strike the proper mood. They make a simple black outfit into a summery, smile-worthy look. Trust me, the colors won’t just look good on you they’ll make you feel good.

As for pastels, lavender and mint green are rapidly making their way into the hottest and most fashionable colors this season! These colors have a fresh spring and summer look to them that have the power to make you feel like a new and “fresh” person. In addition, they are very feminine which makes it almost exclusive to us women.

Be sure to update your spring and summer head coverings and hair accessories selection with the right colors and start this season of on the right foot. Here are a couple of our favorite picks for our spring collection of 2013. The 3/8 inch Thin Colorful Hair Bands with Teeth ,the Coral Cotton Beret with Butterflies and the Shimmery Chiffon Headwrap.

Good luck!