Can Hair Dyes Cause Cancer? Some Organic Options

After seeing Amy Adams in American Hustle I knew it was time to go red – again.   I have some natural red in the genes (Grandpa Tom was a true redhead) but the winter really turns up the mousy-brown in my luscious locks.  I brought several bottles of red dye with me to Geneva from NY 3.5 years ago but have no clue what the shelf life is.  I began to wonder – is this stuff cancer causing?  Which led me to the below article from Good Housekeeping and several purchases on the internet.  I am still waiting for them to arrive so I can’t update you on the products yet.  But stay tuned ladies. Continue reading

Beauty Secrets from the Empress Dowager of China – Queen Cixi

Recently, I was googling vain women of history and came across two who (strangely) share a similar name, nearly the same length of reign and an obsession with their beauty.  They are the Empress Dowager of China, Queen Cixi, who ruled for forty eight years and the Empress of Austria, Queen Sisi, who ruled for forty four years.  Both left a legacy of beauty secrets though today, I will only look at Cixi.

Cixi entered the Qing palace at the age of seventeen as a xiunu, the lowest-ranking of imperial concubines, and rose to the position of empress dowager on the death of Emperor Xianfeng.  She held the reins of political power for forty eight years and was the key figure leading to the downfall of the Qing Dynasty. Continue reading