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Peppermint oil for the hair

Ann Ruthenburg Fashion
HELLO there folks, I hope you are all well. The weather in Mutare has been a little bit confusing. It is characterised of hot days and cold nights . . . it’s winter, so what is up with hot days? Oh well! I am not complaining, I love sitting in the sun when I have time and my hair likes the free Vitamin D from the sun.

Speaking of hair, I got a message from a lady, Peggy Wagner, who sent me the following article on what she used to grow her falling hair with.

She said she did a lot of research and tried this oil and it worked wonders for her. I of course am an open person, so here is the article she sent me. I do have a disclaimer for now. I have not tried this oil myself and therefore cannot at this time say whether it actually works or not. But I will be trying it on places on my scalp that hair is falling and I will give you feedback. In the meantime try it out also and let us discuss.

Many creams, lotions, and chemicals have solution to hair loss, but the fact is that some of the best remedies are actually organic, straight from the earth oils.

One of these oils is peppermint oil. It is quickly gaining popularity in the realm of hair and scalp care and for good reason.

This natural oil is great for rejuvenating the scalp and protecting the hair follicles. This in turn generates stronger, healthier hair. This hypo-allergenic oil can be the solution you have been looking for.

What is Peppermint Oil?
Peppermint oil is extracted from peppermint plants. The peppermint plant is a hybrid of water mint and spearmint. Peppermint is indigenous to Europe and parts of the Middle East. It is often times used to add flavouring to foods and drinks. Along with the taste, many people also enjoy the smell of peppermint oil. This is why it is used so often in candles, perfumes, and soaps.

This oil has many uses including those in the medical field. Medical uses include the ability to treat irritable bowel syndrome in the short term. Its menthol content also makes it great for external use. It is often used as a rub to treat muscle pains and nerve pains. Internally, it is used as pre-medication for colonoscopy procedures. They have been noted as reducing the total time of the procedure.

Is peppermint oil safe for your hair?
For the most part, peppermint oil appears to be mostly harmless. It has been known to carry a few side effects when used as a nutritional supplement though.

The small dosage in the dietary supplements is not typically going to harm anyone, but if it does the side effects include heartburn, anal burning with diarrhoea, and in very rare cases allergic reactions.

These allergic reactions are typically minimal and do not cause a great deal of harm to the person. The effects of these reactions tend to include facial flushing, headache, and mouth sores.

You should remember to consult your physician prior to starting a regiment including a peppermint oil. Sometimes these supplements can have negative reactions with other medications you may be taking. It can do damage to you and sometimes interfere with the ability of the drug to work.

Your overall health is far more important than hair so be sure to know exactly what could possibly happen if you should begin using peppermint oil.

Using peppermint oil for hair
Using peppermint oil in any fashion can be very soothing and relaxing. Since it contains a delightful odour and a cooling sensation from the menthol, many people enjoy using it therapeutically.

It is also used very often in hair. Hair treatment using peppermint oil has been around for years and people spanning every corner of the globe have been known to use it. Its oil is great for treating dry scalps and preventing dandruff. It also works to make hair follicles healthier.

Healthier hair follicles mean stronger, healthier hair. Along with rejuvenating and revitalising the hair you have, peppermint oil is known to also trigger hair growth in many people. As spectacular as peppermint oil may be, it is rather a powerful oil and may irritate a lot of people’s skin.

While many people enjoy the cooling menthol sensation, others find it to be annoying and sometimes unbearable. People with sensitive skin should use caution when applying peppermint oil for the first time. It is suggested that these people test the oil on a less sensitive part of their body rather than applying it directly to the head.

The area most often suggested is the feet which have naturally thicker, tougher skin. It is also suggested that the use of peppermint oil be mixed with other oils for best results. Good oils to pair with it include carrier oil, saline, jojoba oil and minoxdil. The peppermint oil group displayed the greatest amount of or other essential oils. This will help alleviate the burning sensation on the scalp. Applying peppermint oil directly to your scalp is the simplest way to use peppermint oil. This will result in the balancing of oils on your scalp. While peppermint oil is technically an oil, it can also do what is called normalising your oil production.

It can actually aid in inhibiting your body from producing an excess of oil in your scalp. This is good for balancing the pH level of your scalp. This will also help fight off annoying skin conditions such as dandruff and dry skin.

The balanced pH will restore a healthy scalp. It actually softens and moisturises your scalp without making you greasy.

Peppermint oil also makes a great moisturiser. All you need to do is apply the mixture directly to your clean hair and then wrap it in a warm towel or shower cap.

Allow this to sit in your hair for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. This gives the peppermint oil time to soak into your hair and become more effective.

One of the greatest benefits of peppermint oil is its ability to naturally promote healthy hair growth. The oil in peppermint actually activates the hair follicle and forces it to work by increasing the amount of blood flowing in the scalp and generating more oxygen for the hair.

Everybody wants a good, full head of hair. It is possible to achieve and maintain the hair of your dreams as long as you are willing to learn about and use the proper products. Peppermint oil is an essential item for anybody wanting to perfect their luscious locks.

Evening primrose oil can also be used for hair loss, likewise wild growth hair oil. Please note that peppermint oil is not for everyone and can be an irritant to some.

Be sure to talk to your doctor about peppermint oil before using it. If peppermint oil is right for you, it can work wonders and restore the confidence you always knew you had. Peggy Wagner.

That’s it from me folks, I thank Peggy for the information. Until next week, God bless.

 Fashion Diva can be found at the Hair Salon in Meikles Department Store or blog: Ann Ruthenburg aka Anastasia or Facebook page: Kutz and Kurlz Hair Salon or messaged (not called) on 0733285730.

Are scarves only for women?

Ann Ruthenburg Fashion
HELLO there everyone, I hope you had a great week. I am recovering from tonsillitis (swollen throat). . . a whole week down and out . . .! I need to take care of myself better this winter. With a little help from nature’s herbs, fruits and veggies, I am back with a bang. So this week as you can see, we are focusing on men wearing scarves. But more importantly, I want to help men wear their scarves more stylish this winter. 

I will not recommend a man to wear a scarf in summer, that it neither stylish nor masculine. However, the whole playing field changes in winter where men are allowed to exchange their ties or wear in combination with their ties — winter scarves. Yes, in winter and in fall (just before winter, which is around now), men will look absolutely dashing wearing different scarves, especially woollen ones. Of course, men can wear other synthetic material scarves, but be careful that you might wear a scarf that is too feminine looking.

So below are some simple ways in which you men can wear your scarves. By the way, women can wear their scarves the exact same way too, it all works.

My first way of tying a scarf is using the loop method. It is secure, yet stylish. Simply fold the scarf in half length-wise and wrap it around your neck, pulling the loose ends through the loop that was created by the fold.

My next method is the drape method. Drape the scarf around your neck, leaving one end shorter than the other. Wrap the longer end loosely around your neck once or, if you would like a more bundled look, wrap it around twice with both ends lying in the front. Allowing one end to be slightly longer than the other gives a more natural and spontaneous look, but the length can be adjusted to your preference.

My next method is what I call the tie method. You will be treating the scarf almost like a tie. Lay the scarf around your neck so both ends are even in the front. Bring one end over and under the other like a single knot. Drape the front end over the back and adjust length to your liking. This style can be worn loose, but also looks great when tucked into a blazer or a v-neck sweater.

There are so many ways men can wear their scarves, but here are three sophisticated looking ways of wearing them. Have fun this winter figuring out the different ways of wearing scarves, even better, ask your babe, sister, cousin, mother, friend etc,(as long as she is female) for ideas.

That is it from me folks, until next week, God bless.

Fashion Diva can be found at the Hair Salon in Meikles Department Store or blog: Ann Ruthenburg aka Anastasia or Facebook page: Kutz and Kurlz Hair Salon or messaged (not called) on 0733285730.

How best men can wear sweaters

Anne Ruthenburg Fashion
Hello there folks, I have had men asking me to write about how best to wear their sweaters. So I thought I would briefly discuss the four main sweater types, especially worn in Africa.

o The Crew neck (round neck) sweater, is typically worn with a T-shirt underneath, You can also wear it with a collared shirt, too, but it can look a little square. The crew neck sweater is associated mostly with athletes, and does not look nice with a collared shirt under a jacket.

o The V-Neck sweater is worn with collared shirts, including polo shirts (with the shirt’s collar tucked into — yes, into the sweater). This look is perfect for laid-back weekends but not casual Fridays. When wearing a V-Neck t-shirt never show more than your top two shirt buttons.

o The Cardigan is worn with anything from a T-shirt to a dress shirt and tie. A good cardigan is often a suitable way to add warmth on chilly days. This look reminds me of an older professor kkkk. It is so comfortable. Make sure you have all your buttons though on your sweater otherwise it will look like you are a struggling so and so. And never tuck a cardigan into anything.

o The Turtleneck sweater my favourite is wonderful with a blazer or a sport coat. You should also feel free to wear it on its own. Turtlenecks are in winter as a shirt is in summer — necessary. They however do not look nice if too tight or fitted, or too loose and long, for that matter.

That’s it gentlemen, I hope this answers your question. Until next week, God bless!

Fashion Diva can be found at Kutz n’ Kurlz Hair Salon in Meikles Department Store or blog: Ann Ruthenburg aka Anastasia or Facebook page: Kutz and Kurlz hair Salon or messaged (not called) on 0733285730.

Winter season is upon us!

Ann Ruthenburg
Yoooooo people, let us not lie to each other, this winter is going to be sooooo cold wena. How are you all? I hope you are all good this week.

Winter is here people and we need to be prepared. So this week we are focusing on jackets. Men and women, you need to stop looking at sweaters and invest in proper winter jackets.

Both men and ladies need to invest in jackets that are rainproof because as much as we were told that the rainy season is over, we have evidence that the rains are still with us.

If you are like me who is not keen on raincoats and umbrellas, the weather proof jacket is yours. Whether it is plastic or a specially coated synthetic or leather material jacket, it is all good.

Jackets with fur around the neck are excellent. So go ahead and purchase one or two jackets with fur columns. It is even better if the collar can be removed, so that when it is a little warmer you can take it off.  Jackets that zip up are warmer than those with single buttons. There is no way wind will penetrate through the zip, so get a jacket with a zip.

If you want buttons, try a jacket that has a zip and buttons, otherwise a double breasted coat with buttons.  Winter vest jackets are great for windy days, but not that cold. You can wear a light jersey inside the winter vest.

The nice thing with this winter jacket style is that they can be warm anywhere, any day and any season. Synthetic materials this winter makes every Jacket worth it. For the smarter look, leather (not heavy), is always in fashion, so feel free to get yourself a leather jacket which can be worn through each season.

Having said that though folks, the overcoat is still there this season. So go ahead and wear your overcoats from last season. Well, that is it from me this week folks, stay warm. Until next week, God Bless!

Fashion Diva can be found at Kutz n’ Kurlz Hair Salon in Meikles Department Store or blog: Ann Ruthenburg aka Anastasia or Facebook page: Kutz and Kurlz hair Salon or messaged (not called) on 0733285730.

Different hairstyles for the winter

Ann Ruthenburg
HELLO there folks, how are you all doing. Yes, we are in April. We are right at the doorstep of winter and what a winter this is going to be with all the rains we have been having.

Well, apart from us having to change out lotions to creams for the winter and pumps for boots, we also need to change our hairstyles to protect our hair, especially natural hair.

Dreadlocks are also ideal for winter

This winter just like any other winter, we have to keep our hair moist, so all those Coconut oils, Amla oils, Castor oils, Vitamin E oils, Rasta Gold oils, and Shea butter creams need to become your best friends now. Omega 3 and 6 vitamins, Vitamin C and B complex are also imp ortant for your body and hair as part of your medicine cabinet also this winter if you are not getting them through your daily food intake.

Make head scarves, hats, etc your best friend

To top it all, put your hair in “protective styles”.

You do not have to have the same one all the winter, but you should find one that suits you and is comfortable. Protective styles are low-maintenance styles that combat split ends and encourage growth of your natural hair. These are perfect especially for the winter, as they allow you leave your hair untouched for weeks on end.

Bantu or puff knots

The styles in fashion this winter are Senegalese Twists, Bantu Knots, Dreadlocks, Cornrows, Braids, Head scarves.

That is it from me this week folks, so until next week, stay warm.

Fashion Diva can be found at Kutz n’ Kurlz Hair Salon in Meikles Department Store or messaged (not called) on 0772933845.


How fashion changes a person

HELLO there folks, how are you doing this March 2017? As promised this month, we will show you how different a person can look after a change of look whether hair, makeup or fashion. Take a look at these make-overs;

If you are a stay at home person who spends more time behind closed doors than in the public eye, you may find yourself dressing or being comfortable with anything rather than style. But comfort does not always look good on you.

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Look at what hair relaxer, tongs and highlights in the hair can do to make one’s hair look different. Add some fake eyelashes to the eyes. Throw in a sexy dress and you get a totally different person for a Valentines Dinner on a person who never dresses up.

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And what about the office bound person…like the book-keeper (no pun intended)? Can one really change from being a plain office dresser to a sleek, attractive date?

Fashion 2

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Just look at this transformation! The hair was tonged straight.

Fashion 3

The eye glasses were replaced with contact lenses. Make-up was natural tones. The formal wear was replaced with a sleek bright lightly fitted Dinner dress.

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There is a princess in every woman and a prince in every man.

Fashion 4

Sometimes life throws us a lot of lemons, but there is so much you can do with the Lemon, after you remove the skin.

No matter what your body type or shape, no matter what your race, colour or religion, everyone wants to look good at least once in a while.

This is what we will be doing this March, peeling lemons and making lemonade.

Send us your pics of before and after or give me a call and we will be glad to take time to make you over for that special event.

Can’t wait to see all the changes this month, until next week, God bless.

Fashion Diva can be found at Kutz n’ Kurlz Hair Salon in Meikles Department Store or messaged (not called) on 0772933845.

Valentine’s Day tragedy…… boyfriend’s present causes furore

Ray Bande Senior Reporter
A 26-year-old lawfully wedded Mutare woman failed to stomach the humiliation of her extra-marital affair being exposed and decided to cut her life short following her husband’s discovery of some Valentine’s Day presents from her boyfriend.

Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Tavhiringwa Kakohwa, confirmed the death of Locadia Gumbeze (26) who was married to Edson Gumbeze (25).

Locadia died last Saturday at House Number 2652, Chikanga Phase Two in Mutare.  Ironically, the incident occurred barely six months after their white wedding which was held in October last year.

“On February 19 at Number 2652, Chikanga Phase Two in Mutare, Locadia Gumbeze had a misunderstanding with her husband, Edson Gumbeze, with Edson accusing her of infidelity.

“Edson left their home and went to a supermarket in the same suburb. When he returned home, he found his wife lying on the bed with foam coming out of her mouth and nose.

“Police attended the scene and recovered an empty packet of some tablets. The body was instantly taken to hospital and the post mortem is yet to be carried out. Investigations into the matter are still in progress,” said Inspector Kakohwa.

Inspector Kakohwa urged members of the public to solve their differences amicably.

“We sincerely urge people to try to solve their differences amicably than resorting to suicide.

“The sad thing is that we continue witnessing loss of lives even when things could have been talked over amicably,” said Inspector Kakohwa.

However, sources close to the couple told The Weekender that the two had an altercation over Valentine’s Day presents that Locadia received from her boyfriend.

Happier times, Edson (second from left) and his late wife, Locadia (right) during their wedding in October last year

The husband later discovered them and when she was asked about them, Locadia failed to give a satisfactory answer.

This, they said, did not go down well with the husband and an altercation ensued leading to the wife failing to stand the impending humiliation of having her illicit affair exposed, thus resorting to suicide.

“We understand that the two had an altercation over Valentine’s Day presents meant for Locadia from her boyfriend that the husband discovered.

“The wife could not stomach the impending humiliation of having her illicit affair exposed, thus resorted to commit suicide,” said the source.

Repeated efforts to get a comment from Edson were fruitless at the time of going to press as the mobile number provided kept being answered by someone else, with the receiver maintaining it was a wrong number.

Jah Prayzah, Muridzo in showdown

Liberty Dube Entertainment Correspondent
ARGUABLY one of the greatest combination ever to grace Mutare, contemporary musician, Jah Prayzah and budding Afro-fusion crooner, Andy Muridzo will tonight (Friday) share the stage at The Platinum as the spacious venue curtains up the new entertainment year.

Controversy aside, Muridzo, whose real name is Kudzai Andrew Ngwenya, has been one of the most promising and consistent artiste with his deep and inspiring lyrics despite having released just two albums. The youthful musician was recently in the eye of a sex storm after raunchy dancer, Bev revealed that she was carrying the dreadlocked musician’s pregnancy. Muridzo, however, strenuously denied the claims.

However, tonight, his fans will focus more on his artistic ingenuity and well-choreographic acts and would be tempted to compare his stage antics with his idol and home boy, Jah Prayzah.

Apparently, Muridzo, who does not deny that he is Jah Prayzah’s copycat, recently signed a contract that will keep him under Jah Prayzah’s Military Touch Movement.

Andy Muridzo

Muridzo’s forthcoming album due to be released next month is expected to be finalised at JP Studios. ExQ, Nutty O and Tahle as well as two producers Daniel Chiweda and DJ also recently joined Military Touch Movement.

Muridzo has two albums to date namely, Pakubuda kwezuva and Ngarizhambe. The latter which proved to be his best ever so far production carries runaway hits such as Haungatikoromotse, Dherira and Chidhafudhunda.

Jah Prayzah and his Third Generation Band rarely disappoint. The band captivates revelers with his military-like choreographic acts. This time, however, his outfit will be without influential former lead guitarist Braveman “Baba Harare” Chizvino who dumped the band to form own eight-member outfit, The City Vibration Band.

The show starts at 8 pm.

“Patrons and fun lovers will part with $5 as entrance fee. An array of local artistes will take turns to entertain early birds before the two artistes jump on stage. We are proud to start a year with such a high profile year and we would like to urge people to come in numbers and witness a rare combination sharing a stage. Alick Macheso and Orchestra Mberikwazvo will perform at our venue before end of this month,” said one of the organisers.

Voodoo gone wrong!

Dear Tete Barbara —
My friend and I decided to visit a traditional healer to strengthen our relationships with our partners because these days things are just tough. We picked a number of different practitioners and then settled for one whom we both agreed told us what we wanted.

I was given herbs to bath with at the shrine and one other herb to burn in the house where my husband and I live together. I was to burn the incense while naked and then let the smoke go onto my privates as I said incantations of what I wanted my partner to do for me.

I did it at sunset and had the door to our bedroom open as I was told by the healer. When I was about to finish, my husband walked in clapping his hands. He has asked me to leave the house after that incident, which has left me more than embarrassed. What should I do? How do I make him understand it was for us?

Tete Barbara Responds
It is quite sad that you are in this situation but what is more disturbing is the fact that you believed that you needed a charm to secure your relationship with your husband. You have your reasons and you maybe able to justify your actions but the problem now is that you were caught and now you are suffering the consequences. 

People all over the world believe in different things and practice different rituals to strengthen their bonds but the problem only comes when one partner is not aware of the plan. Put yourself in your husband’s shoes and imagine if you walked in on him doing strange things using your name.

You need to understand his position and then find a mediator he respects and trusts to speak on your behalf, explaining your position as a wife trying to secure her marriage.  It may take time to earn your husband’s trust once again but nothing is impossible. In future be wise.

All the best.

I have a monster mother-in-law

Tete Barbara From My Heart  —
From My Heart is a platform created for you to share your issues and get practical assistance. Together we can create brighter lives and happier people, transforming mind sets one day at a time in 2017. Send your heart to heart message to Tete Barbara and read her responses.

Dear Tete Barbara
My mother-in-law is causing havoc in my home since she came one month ago. When she came I received her well thinking that she would also behave likewise, but she has turned into a menace. She wakes up earlier than I do to start cleaning and cooking for my family. She invites people from other churches to hold prayers in my home without my permission. Of late, she has started giving away my children’s old clothes to whoever she sees fit without telling me. I want her out of my house, but I do not know how to make her leave without insulting her or my husband.

Tete Barbara Responds
You sound fed up and angry over the behaviour of your mother-in-law, but will you be equally infuriated if your own mother had done the very same things? The boundaries you have set are clearly regulated by the awareness that this woman is your in-law.

Your expectations from her require her to be respectful of your territory and also responsive to your desires. Remember, she is just like your mother and perhaps you should treat her as such. Yes, she seems to have overstepped some of her boundaries as a mother, but forgive her.

Talk to her about some of the things she has done, the same way you would speak to your mum. If you would never address your mum on the issue, then do not take it up with her either. Love her even when she is not willing to love you back and respect her even when she does not respect you.
Let love lead!