Even though it originated in Japan in the late 1990s, the Japanese hair straightening system is still causing ripples in most of the developed world. It comes under many fancy titles that include thermal reconditioning, the Yuko system, magi straight, bio ionic straightening, rebonding and liscio among others. Yuko is actually the name of the hair stylist who got to popularize the hair straightening system while Liscio refers to the original process which is what you are likely to see in many hair salons.
Permanent straight hair
This hair straightening system which originated in Japan is touted for having permanent outcomes as far as keeping your hair straight is concerned. This cannot be compared with some of the do it yourself hair straightening procedures who effects area only temporary. When you do your hair with the magic straight hair straightening you can rest assured that for at least six months you will not visit your salon for the same procedure until after you hair will have grown again considerably. There are only a few cases where the thermal reconditioning will not work effectively and this will include:
- African hair because it is delicate
- Damaged hair of that which has been heavily treated
- Thinning hair that can falloff quickly
In general, if you will be going for the Japanese hair straightening system you need to be prepared to pay well because it is fairly expensive when compared to other forms of hair styling. Depending on your salon you should be prepared to pay anything between $300 and $1000 and the process will take you between 3 – 4 hours to complete.
Important tips before going for thermal conditioning
When compared with your regular hair straightening that could take you only a few minutes to accomplish you can see that the Japanese hair straightening is some serious business. You should therefore do your homework well before committing yourself especially to know if you are a good candidate for the procedure. Some of the important precautionary measures you can take include:
- Learn everything you can about the procedure by visiting the websites of as many salons that are close to you as possible
- Speak personally to the hair straightening specialist and have all your questions answered
- You must make sure that you know that the specialist has the required expertise and since you will be paying so much money you don’t want to deal with someone who is going to do experiments with your hair
- Ask to be shown several before and after pictures of some of their customers
- Where it is possible ask to speak to a previous customer who could give you proper insight including anything they did not like about the entire process
If you are going to have the procedure done on you it is important that you follow the post styling specifications with a lot of care. The stylist will need to do a strand test to see that you hair is right for the procedure and since the effects are meant to last for at least six months be careful to use proper after care products.
Around the holidays, I find peace in the late evenings when the silence sets in. Last night, I curled up on the sofa with nothing but the soft glow of white Christmas tree lights on which to focus my attention. My husband had gone to bed early, and my little girl had already been fast asleep for hours. I turned off the glaring television, silenced the cell phone, and made a hot cup of chamomile tea. It was just me, a cozy blanket, beautiful lights, and the silence of the night.
Peace and quiet. They make you think. They have a way of bringing thankfulness to your heart if you let them: thankfulness for a warm and cozy bed, scrumptious Christmas cookies, cherished memories of the past and memories yet to be made. Beauty and silence solicit feelings of gratefulness: gratefulness for family and friends; gratefulness for health; gratefulness for unconditional love.
Last night, I was in my own, happy, thankful, world- just me and my Christmas tree. And the experience was calming, refreshing, and, in its own way, luxurious.
Since learning to eat healthy and taking on a more active lifestyle, I have been experimenting with recipes that combine wholesome staples to make yummy alternatives to foods that are otherwise not on my regular menu. One of my personal favorite breakfast foods has always been big, fluffy pancakes loaded with chocolate chips and smothered in butter and syrup. I used to eat them way more often than I care to mention. Since my new creation of Chocolate Cherry Blender Pancakes, I can now treat myself and my family to a delicious pancake breakfast any day of the week and feel completely guilt free!
I recently had the fabulous opportunity to sample and review six flavors of gourmet oatmeal from Modern Oats. (Check out my review and enter to win some Modern Oats of your own!) It was with Modern Oat’s Chocolate Cherry oatmeal that this pancake recipe was born. In the past, I had used plain ol’ quick oats to make blender pancakes, which were less flavorful and had fewer heart-healthy ingredients. Quick oats don’t contain the fruit, nuts, and seeds that Modern Oats have, nor do they have added pieces of yummy all natural chocolate!
These Chocolate Cherry Blender pancakes contain no added sugar, flour, butter, or oil of any kind. They’re sweetened with banana as well as the natural sugar found in the Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal. Preparing the recipe is super simple! Just combine all of the ingredients in a blender, pour onto a heated skillet, and cook like you would any other pancake.
An added bonus is that you can experiment with any flavor of Modern Oats that you’d like! Why not try Apple Walnut or Goji Blueberry pancakes? There’s also the option of adding some dark chocolate chips or extra fruit to the recipe. Top your pancakes with some natural syrup, jelly, or even peanut butter and enjoy!
Chocolate Cherry Blender Pancakes
- 1 container of Chocolate Cherry Modern Oats
– 1/2 large banana
– 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1 egg (or two egg whites)
– 1/3 cup low fat or fat free cottage cheese
– 2 tablespoons almond milk (or regular low fat milk)
– Optional add-ins- chocolate chips, fresh berries
1) Place all ingredients (except for any add-ins) into a blender and blend until smooth. If the batter seems too think, add extra milk (up to one additional tablespoon).
2) Coat a nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Drop batter (about 1/4 cup for each pancake) onto skillet. If you’re including chocolate chips or fresh berries, drop them onto the pancakes.
3) Flip when bubbles appear and the underside is golden. Makes approximately 4 pancakes.