Take me back to the 90’s!

I heard this song on my way to the set today and I immediately had a feeling of nostalgia. I thought of the good old happy days when I was a kid. Take me back to the days where I would dance to this beat at the Summerland Beach Resort with a bunch of kids I just met. Take me back to the days where I would carelessly devour my strawberry and vanilla ice cream without counting calories. Take me back to the days where I would enjoy going down the water slide without caring if my hair got wet. Take me back to the days where I knew nothing of this world and all the horrible things people do to each other. Take me back to those heady days at the end of the civil war when everything in my country seemed possible and optimism ruled the day. Take me back to the days where I had no worries and no responsibilities. Take me back to the days where I lived fully with no fears and regrets. Take me back to my tomboy days where I would wear baggy jeans, a large t-shrit and a cap worn backwards. Take me back to the days where I would play beach volley ball and not care about bruises. Take me back to the days where I was innocent, naive and free. Take me back to the days when I never paid attention to what people said. Take me back to the days where I could laugh out loud without looking around me. Take me back to the days where the only way I looked at the world was through my heart-shaped pink glasses. Just take me back to the 90s!

 

Healthy Hair? I need me some Eggs!

“Eggs are good for your hair” – A saying that we’ve always heard but never had the courage to actually try it. Because, let’s face it, when your hubby or friends approach you, them saying “You smell like a Mexican frittata” doesn’t resonate so good.

IMG_6366Now that was true for me – until I was asked to break a couple of eggs on my scalp for a scene which we were filming recently. Despite my efforts to escape it, there was no way out. So, I just sat aside waiting for my scene to end while the eggs were “cooking” under the burning rays of the Egyptian sun. After showering (and doing my hair and make up all over again), I had to go back on set. But this time, I was stopped numerous times only to be told that my hair looked great! “They’re probably just cheering me up”, I said to myself. But then, I looked at myself in the mirror and noticed that my hair indeed looked very silky and glossy! I ran my fingers through my hair and it felt so much smoother; it was as if I had brand new hair. “Eureka”, I thought to myself, “the egg treatment actually works!!!”

Alors, mes chers amis, I carried out an ‘egg investigation’ to examine how and why eggs are so good for your hair. Did you know that eggs are rich in Vitamin A (increase sebum production and prevents dandruff), Vitamin B & E (increase oxygen supply and improve IMG_6411circulation), Vitamin D (helps with hair loss), Fatty acids (Makes your hair shiny and prevents hair loss, dandruff, psoriasis and flaky scalp) and Protein (strengthens hair follicle resulting in thicker and healthier hair)?! And, in addition to improving the overall texture and quality of your hair, these vitamins also protect your hair against UV rays, chlorine as well as pollution. I mean, I don’t know what else I could say to sell this idea to you. All I can say is that I’ve tried it and it actually works! Below are my favorite ‘quick and easy’ egg masks.

Guidelines: 

Mix the ingredients and apply them on a clean and damp scalp for 15-30 minutes (depending on treatment). You can change the dosage according to your hair length. For longer hair, do not hesitate to double the dosage. Once your done, make sure you wash off you hair with cold water (to prevent the eggs from actually ‘cooking’!)

Eggs for all hair types: 

  • Normal hair – Entire egg – Once a month
  • Oily hair – Egg Whites – Twice a month
  • Dry hair – Egg Yolk – Once a month

Hair Loss 

Recipe one:

  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp of 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 Recipe two:

  • 2 Egg yolks
  • 3 tbsp natural lime juice

Moisture and Protect

Recipe one: 

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 Cup of yogurt

Recipe two:

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 Ripe Avocado

Conditioning 

Recipe one:

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Recipe two:

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp of Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp of hot water
  • ½ Tbsp of honey

Damaged hair

Recipe one:

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Yogurt
  • ½ Tbsp Coconut or Almond oil

Recipe two:

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 3 Tbsp of olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp of Honey

All around beneficial hair mask

Recipe 

  • 2 Full eggs
  • 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp of Honey

Click here to get 8 ‘egg-free’ homemade hair treatments with more ingredients.

When Beauty Isn’t Enough: Paolo Sorrentino’s “La grande bellezza” (The Great Beauty)

Movies over Matter

Just see this movie.

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The opening sequence of Paolo Sorrentino’s La grande belleza is one of the greats of recent memory. Sorrentino and cinematographer Luca Biggazi send the camera sweeping and gliding through the splendor of Rome. It’s Gianicolo Hill – monuments and statues and a massive fountain, all punctuated by a female choral rendition of David Lang’s haunting “I Lie.” As the camera explores the park we meet Romans inured to the beauty around them. One woman sits beside a statue reading the newspaper, a cigarette precariously dangling from her mouth as she looks up, annoyed, we think, at the garrulous birds in the trees above her. Another man in his undershirt washes himself in ancient fountain. Another sleeps on a park bench, his face turned away from the world around him, as though he can’t face it any longer. They are surreal figures, the kind that haunt…

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