Sisters sharing knowledge – Health and Hair

From Lori van Echtelt in the Netherlands

The two are interconnected. Sometimes a change in your hair texture or the amount of  hair loss is the first symptom that something is wrong in your body. That is one of the reasons to pay attention to your hair. It can give you invaluable clues over your health.

I have been plagued with allergies since my 20’s. I later developed asthma. I stopped smoking but the allergies still continued. I came to accept it as a way of life.

Fast forward 20 years later, my sinus problems, allergy problems, and more health issues began to arise. I changed over to a vegetarian diet, thinking that was the solution. The health problems continued so I started to consume meat again. My blood levels showed that I was deficient in many key vitamins.

I changed over to organic meat and vegetables. I started to feel somewhat better but I still felt something was wrong. In fact I knew something was wrong. My stomach was always extended. My skin was not glowing. I felt tired no matter how much sleep I got. I started to get tingling feelings in my hands and feet that were excruciating. This confirmed that something was seriously wrong. Also my hair was not growing as fast as it normally does. My hair looked great but I was aware that the growth of my hair had slowed down. The same with my body, I could not seem to shake the weight off.

I decided to try to go gluten free. It was very hard in the beginning because there are so many food products that contain gluten. I had to read every single label. I started to notice that I wasn’t sneezing all the time. The first time in over 20 years. My skin started to clear up. The tingling in my hands and feet was reduced. My hair started growing at the normal rate. I had taken a picture of myself and I could not believe what I saw. I looked alive. People who have seen me, asked me what was I doing; that I looked great. I tell them that I have been juicing and avoiding gluten. I knew I was lactose intolerant but it never occurred to me that I had a gluten sensitivity.

As I did more research, I found out that gluten is responsible for 265 symptoms; such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Also the testing for gluten sensitivity or celiac disease has not been standardized. Celiac disease is when all the villi has been damaged and this is confirmed by a biopsy.  It makes sense not to wait. Some say , “well my ancestors ate bread and there was nothing wrong.” There is 50% more gluten in the wheat, rye and barley products that we consume today.

With the hair products that I use from Mariposa Import and a modified diet, my hair length is to the middle of my back. I had to share this personal story with you.

So please take a look at your diet. Try going without food that contains gluten and see how you feel.

You can have the best hair products in the world but if your diet is deficient, it will show up in your hair.

Now for the product feature of the month:

Bee Mine Curly Hold Butter

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The Bee Mine Curly Hold Butter gives you great shiny curls without a stiff feeling. It is 100% natural so you can also use it on kids hair. Great for also smoothing down the hair line or creating twists and braids.

Love Your Hair!

Lori

Mariposa Import

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Lori van Echtelt is the owner and founder of Mariposa Imports (MI), based in the Netherlands. She was on the Black Women in Europe™ 2010 Power List. Mariposa Import started in February 2004. It is the first and original shop focused on curly and frizzy hair in Western Europe. MI specializes in unique, high quality, hair and skin products from America and Afrika. We only sell products we ourselves use. The products we sell do not contain mineral oil or petrolatum, ingredients which block moisture absorption by the hair. We select products is based on our personal experience and that of our friends.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – Compiling your event content whilst including social media – what is old, what is new?

Laura Bazile from England


/ event organizer /

 

obsolete

FRESH!

content impact your website is your showcase your website, plus social media are your showcases
content power key details telling straight away

how unique your event is

your online presence will tell

how unique your event is

content lifecycle starting from scratch or simply update key details is a tip building from what is online is a tip


/ attendees /

 

obsolete

FRESH!

content impact one event goes with one website –  period googling when searching an event
content power checking the event website even close to date will bring accurate details going through interactive promotion, participating to online conversation, being kept abreast of breaking news will bring accurate details
content lifecycle show is over so are event details show is over and attendees expect to receive useful report including what is next

Plus, reaching an international audience is an excellent reason to give your social media strategy a real push.

Whilst it depends on what your event is about/type of expertise you bring/to who/when/how, including social media into your event marketing strategy is no longer a “trend” to be part of, we all agree.

It is where you start to make the difference, as an event prof.

What about you, what is fresh in your new event marketing strategy …. A lot, I guess. Let me rephrase this: what aspect of your event marketing you could not implement the way you used to?

Laura

Laura Bazile is an events professional, loves travelling, meeting & helping people, and is passionate about social media, live & virtual arts, and design.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – Hair over 40

From Lori van Echtelt in the Netherlands

There is a lot of talk about menopause in Europe but not much over Perimenopaause. That is the period before menopause where you hormone levels start to change. Menopause is the cessation of your menstruation. Menopause means that you have gone a full year without a period. Periomenopause can start as young as 30 and this period of perimenopause can last as long as 10 years or longer.

Signs that you may be going through perimenopause:

Weight gain
Mood swings (these can be mild to sudden outbursts)
Thinning of hair
Irregular periods
Hot flashes
Change in bleeding during periods (heavier or lighter flow)
Foggy Brain (forgetfulness)
Fatigue
Insomnia

This is just the begin of the list. This means that that you are not going crazy. It is your body going through a transitional phase. This is a time to be extra mindful of your diet; fresh vegetables, decreased caffeine and sugar intake. You may have to cross things off the list that you once considered “Must Do’s”. I call this a period of increased self-care. A doctor can not do it for you. There are places within Europe that do recognize this period in a womens’ life and offer bio-identical hormones after they have completed tests of your hormone levels.

Estrogen dominance (too much estrogen in the body) can worsen these symptoms. Estrogen dominance is far more common than people think. Certain chemicals (i.e plastics) , foods, can increase the body’s estrogen production. High levels of estrogen have been linked to breast and ovarian cancers.

Natural progesterone replacement can help offset the estrogen dominance.

Your hair may be thinning at this point. It is best to be in touch with your hair. Does it feel dry? Dry is not normal. Mariposa Import has wonderful products to eliminate dryness completely from your hair. However nothing will replace a good healthy diet and the elimination of stress that can cause havoc on your hormones and hair. I like to call Perimenopause, Peri- ME-PAUSE. Kick martyrdom to the side. It is your time to take extra care of yourself.

The product feature of the month is HairVeda Amala Cream Rinse. This product is wonderful for those who prefer to no-poo (wash their hair with a conditioner in place of a shampoo).

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Available via Mariposa Import (www.mariposaimport.com). Ordered today, shipped today!

Lori van Echtelt is the owner and founder of Mariposa Imports (MI), based in the Netherlands. She was on the Black Women in Europe™ 2010 Power List. Mariposa Import started in February 2004. It is the first and original shop focused on curly and frizzy hair in Western Europe. MI specializes in unique, high quality, hair and skin products from America and Afrika. We only sell products we ourselves use. The products we sell do not contain mineral oil or petrolatum, ingredients which block moisture absorption by the hair. We select products is based on our personal experience and that of our friends.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – Hair Peace 2012

From Lori van Echtelt in the Netherlands

I saw the sign “Hair Peace” on an old news spot about the sleep in protest of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in Amsterdam. It got me to thinking about the term “Hair Peace”.

How much time do you really spend thinking about your hair? Fighting with your hair? Comparing your hair to other people? Searching for products? Watching videos? How many hours, days are spent? Has it turned into years? Has it turned into an obsession? Do you believe in the myth that certain people can grow hair? Perhaps you think that you must have a certain hair texture for your hair to be loved? This is worth giving yourself time to think about.

I have a personal saying, “You can waste my money but do not waste my time, time you can not get back.” So have you achieved Hair Peace? What will it take for you to achieve Hair Peace?

I can look at certain women and see if they have achieved Hair Peace. They have a certain “peace” about them. They are good within themselves. A sense of confidence when they walk into the room. We have all at one time or another seen these women.

When I started Mariposa Import almost 8 years ago I wanted women to feel that sense of peace with their hair. I was tired of the male dominated industry that did not understand that women have busy lives. I wanted to remove the constant frustration with hair so that you would have more time enjoying life. I feel such a freedom with my hair and now I have lots of time for hobbies that I never imagined having.

If you are struggling with your hair and you really want to achieve Hair Peace in 2012, drop me an email at customersupport@mariposaimport.

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Now for the product feature this month “Qhemet Biologics Castor & Moringa Softening Serum”. Apply one to two spritz in your hand and stroke through your hair. Whether it is relaxed or natural, it will soften the driest hair. It smells divine.

Love Your Hair!
Lori
Mariposa Import

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Lori van Echtelt is the owner and founder of Mariposa Imports (MI), based in the Netherlands. She was on the Black Women in Europe™ 2010 Power List. Mariposa Import started in February 2004. It is the first and original shop focused on curly and frizzy hair in Western Europe. MI specializes in unique, high quality, hair and skin products from America and Afrika. We only sell products we ourselves use. The products we sell do not contain mineral oil or petrolatum, ingredients which block moisture absorption by the hair. We select products is based on our personal experience and that of our friends.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – Have you written down a to-do list for your social media life in 2012?

From Laura Bazile in England

options

After a full year of hard work, you will probably pretend to still have options of joining ‘new’ types of online communities, leaving others, while keeping in mind that time is precious and what prevails is bringing something to others and to yourself. So go for it, do your homework and plan what can be an efficient overview!

(re)solutions

While contributing online has no secret for you, you are probably looking for real feedback: on your business, on facets of your networking activity and much more. If you simply take the time to rethink what you invest into social media, you would probably love to find out how to improve process and route, how to optimize time you spend producing your online work. More than this, your main quest will be: get the right tools, the effective solutions to reach your goal.

evolution(s)

Chasing any little doubt about social media tools emerging every day, we could not imagine looking for and ‘not’ finding one answering to our needs in a specific situation; plus in a more frustrated way, it is impossible to keep being updated on all new technology-oriented trends.

Anyway, our purpose for the coming year could be to keep an eye on what is new (what is ‘big’?!), while choosing what is definitely an evolution (for your activity/business, …) and not just another tool.

What about you, is your to-do list ready?

Laura

Laura Bazile is an events professional, loves travelling, meeting & helping people, and is passionate about social media, live & virtual arts, and design.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – Communities’ secrets you will tell your best friend about

From Laura Bazile in France

In recent contribution to BWIE™, I chose to define online communities in key points: making things clearer about what you may look for on joining a community, pitfalls to avoid if you (could be with a business partner) are planning to create yours.

Grasping the essence of an online community might appear crystal clear, once you jump in, but the real challenge remains keep on abiding by, needless to add finding yourself comfortable enough to go along with it and refer to “that” online community.

We are on the same page: it is all about interaction, isn’t it? Anyway, in which situation, you will alter your view regarding your “favorite” online community?

>cross boundaries

An online community might choose to redefine its profile: you might not feel completely at ease immediately but one thing is sure you will get answers to your questions “from” the community manager (owner). Official announcements, targeted posts, tools do exist to let members get the message accurately.

>services

An online community might add a few paying services to its array of resources. Above all, there is no obligation if it was not mandatory, once you joined. It can definitely add value, as YOU are the one deciding what is relevant for you.

>calling for your help

An online community might ask you to suggest members that may be interested in. Why not? Especially, if that type of request is made out properly and … please, I do not want to “win an Ipad/great voucher”… for this! Above all, recommending my favorite online community to others might not be immediate but definitely within the bounds of a trustful relationship.

An online community shares some features with events, specifically because it is a place where people meet. Where there are people sharing values, the rules are inclined to be comparable. It is not biased to imagine that if you come across the same situation in an “event” context, you will probably speculate about the same items. An event launching (new) services, the latter polling to get your feedback, attendee asking for referral … all of this must be tempting enough to let YOU think about it.

Tell us about significant hint(s) in one of your favorite online communities and (surprising) consequences on your activity/work/business?

Laura

Laura Bazile is an events professional, loves travelling, meeting & helping people, and is passionate about social media, live & virtual arts, and design.

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Sisters sharing knowledge – Defining your community (ies) in 10 key bullet points

From Laura Bazile in France

When it is time to jump into an online community, there are a few questions for whom answers must be “yes” or you take the risk either to be denied membership or simply go hunting to find out any good reason -once you joined, to stay.

  • 1-An online community is a group of people, not ONE person doing self-promotion.
  • 2-An online community should create synergy combined with energy.
  • 3-An online community must stipulate common goal(s).
  • 4-An online community must clearly tell what it is all about, thus provide accurate content.
  • 5-An online community should have amongst its members a recognizable leader/manager -added to a team of moderator(s) if necessary.
  • 6-An online community must be able to evolve, take drastic decisions for its own well-being and communicate about it.
  • 7-An online community should hit the right buttons when it is time to boost its activity.
  • 8-An online community should provide advice based on expertise, not on business options only.
  • 9-An online community should publish reports.
  • 10-An online community is vibrant and challenging! As a member, the point is not to be there just to be there, it is more to refer to this group of people/online community when applicable, not to be afraid to ask questions, to get answers from other members or simply by reading accurate posts.
  • Linking to the event industry, we can afford to imagine that during a show, you actually share the room with peers, in other words, members of your “community”. I have the feeling that you must keep in mind the same demanding requirements stated above, if you want to take profit of the event you are participating in or visiting.

    Are you thinking about other essential point that an online community must unveil as soon as you jump in?

    Plus, is it fair to argue that an online community should permit itself some cross boundaries as a window to the world outside? This is the topic I would love to share about and get your comments on, via my next post.

    Laura

    Laura Bazile is an events professional, loves travelling, meeting & helping people, and is passionate about social media, live & virtual arts, and design.

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