Hair Fixes from the Kitchen

Big hair, big fun.
Being a hippie at heart in these modern times, to me at least, means finding as many uses for the things I buy as possible. I absolutely dig green cleaning products and beauty solutions that are good to Mother Earth (and my pocketbook).

Here are 5 eco and wallet-friendly hair fixes for you to try using items found in your kitchen. The best part about this list? You may have all of these items in your casa already!

Say lay lay to bad hair days! Sounds rad, right? Let's get started.

LediaMedia's Hair Fixes from the Kitchen 

What You'll Need
  • Orange juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • Gelatin
  • Flour

How To Use Your Kitchen Items

Orange and lemon juice
Used as: natural highlight booster
How to use: Spritz your hair with a mixture of orange and lemon juice before heading out in the sun. It leaves your hair with warmer, more golden highlights when mixed.

Honey
Used as: natural hair gel
How to use: Dissolve 1 tsp of honey (or agave nectar) into 1/2 cup of water, pour it into a spray bottle, then mist it over your hair.

Olive oil
Used for: removing excess glue left behind from extensions
How to use: All you have to do is smooth a few drops of it over the tracks of the extensions and let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes. The glue will be gone when you rinse it out! 

Gelatin
Used as: protein treatment for fighting split ends
How to use: Dissolve a packet of clear gelatine into hot water. Massage the warm solution through your hair and leave it in for 30 minutes. Rinse and say hello to stronger hair! Gelatine can also be used to make DIY pore strips.

Flour
Used as: a dry shampoo
How to use: If you don't have time to wash your locks, sprinkle some flour on your roots, let it sop up oil for ten seconds, then dust away the excess with a makeup brush.


What hair fix is missing from this list? Please share in the comments below!

Leo's Pet Care

When it comes to my dog's health care, I am a total Dog Mom (cue "I Love My Dog" by Cat Stevens). I am picky, picky, picky about where I take my dog and have struggled to find a reliable vet in the Indianapolis area. 

Past vet experiences have left me skeptical -- is there a vet that exists that cares about my dog as much as I do? I'm happy to report that my search is finally over; Leo's Pet Care is committed to my dog's health and well-being as much as I am! 

Beyond that, Whiskey absolutely adored Dr. Greg Magnusson and his staff. I felt comfortable leaving her in his care.

 Leo's Pet Care is an independent veterinary clinic and will
refer you to the best veterinary specialists available.
 
I took Whiskey (winner of Slingshot SEO's first Cutest Pet Contest) to Leo's Pet Care for a spaying surgery as well as yearly check-up. I was nervous about the surgery and the entire staff did their best to quiet my fears and assure me that she would recover quickly. It was refreshing to be surrounded by people who not only understood why I was nervous but did their best to explain away my fears.

Part of my visit included a standard exam. During this exam Dr. Greg found an issue with her teeth; She had not one but two cracked molars. She had been chewing on something that she wasn't supposed to be (shocking!) and hurt herself in the process. Luckily he noticed the cracks before they became infected or worse, saving my dog from agony down the road.

What's interesting about the cracked molars (to me at least) is that I get her teeth cleaned every eight weeks and they had failed to mention her discomfort to me. He spotted and corrected a problem that others neglected to notice.

Follow-up calls, tweets & a hand-written note?
Talk about customer service!

Visit Highlights
  • Clean, modern facilities: the exam table moves up and down! My dog thought she was on an amusement park ride!
  • Knowledgeable and friendly staff
  • Clear explanation of procedure as well as a facility tour
  • Follow-up calls AND tweets throughout the entire surgery: when Dr. Greg was sent straight to my voice mail, he sent me a DM on Twitter to make sure I knew Whiskey was in recovery, safe and sound.
  • Straight-forward billing – no surprise charges
  • Handwritten thank-you note
  • Quick prescription delivery (as well as a new chew toy and personalized pet tag)
  • Key chain and wallet card with Whiskey's photo and vaccination information
I will be trusting Leo's Pet Care with all of my dog's future care. He is truly an animal advocate.

For additional information or to schedule an appointment please visit www.leospetcare.com.


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How do you define leadership?

Webster's dictionary defines leadership as:
  • The office or position of a leader
  • Capacity to lead
  • The act or an instance of leading

When defining leadership should we consider leadership styles? What about types of leadership training? In recent conversations I've heard leadership used to mean religious training, political opinions, procedural direction, organizational planning, experience driven team building, and volunteerism. Leadership seems like such a simple word, doesn't it?  

When discussing leadership, keep in mind; others may have a different definition of leadership. One of the most common breakdowns in communication is assuming others think as we do. Avoid this breakdown, when discussing leadership, by asking questions and explaining your definition of leadership.

How one defines leadership may be personal, but leading isn't. 
Regardless of your style and definition of leadership there are certain leadership truths. Here are a few to consider.

  1. Charisma is not leadership. Leaders are not born. Leaders learn to lead.
  1. A leader without followers is not a leader. Pretty simply huh? Think about it.
  1. Leaders are self-aware and obsessed with personal improvement.
  1. The best leaders learn what followers need to succeed and furnish the tools.
  1. Managers want employees to change when change often begins with management. Be a leader - lead by example – be the first to change.
Lead by example. Use recognition and encouragement to paint dreams, to show a path, and share a vision. Train and help, and help and train, and train and help some more. Keep in mind - You manage accounts and lead people.

How do you define leadership? Leave a comment; I’d like to know.

If you’d like more of my definition of leadership, check out these posts:
12 Attributes of Great Leadership

 About the Author
Randy Clark (@randyclarktko)
"I am Indiana born and bred - I love basketball, the Indy 500 and our state fair. My beer fridge at any given time has a couple hundred beers representing 75-80 different styles."

Randy Clark is the Director of Communications for TKO Graphix, where he blogs for TKO Graphix Brandwire. He is an avid flower gardener, beer geek, and he fronts the Under the Radar Rock & Roll. Randy is husband to public speaker Cathi, proud father of one principal, one educator. He is also a grandfather to four grandchildren.