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Purple Is The Way For Hair

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Purple shampoo became a thing in the 90’s. I am a sucker for the 90’s, and this fits nicely. I read somewhere that one of the earliest online mentions of purple shampoo had to do with removing yellow pee stains from a dog’s white coat. Well, if it is good enough to get the wee out of Snowflake’s fur, it is good enough to use on brassy tones.

If you had a dye job, you can definitely relate. Although, it isn’t only bleached or dyed blondes who have to deal with overly-yellow strands. Natural blondes can also develop a shade which is not truly their natural color.

Things like pollution, sun exposure, and hard water have a way of messing things up, so this shampoo is really for everyone. Even brunettes with highlights can benefit from using Joicio shampoo as reviewed on Maple Holistics once every 10 days or so. It can really make your highlightspop, especially on darker hair.


The idea is simple. Use purple color to balance out the yellow colors, because violet and yellow cancel each other out. They are spectrum opposites, and so they let the hair’s color look that much brighter. It is meant to be used once a week. You should probably, at least at first, use it twice. Once for up to about 20 minutes, and then rinse and apply once more for a few minutes, then rinse in cold water to let the hair shafts seal up.22947d790814cbd5d2086f632595422a

When you work in the shampoo, stay close to the roots at first, and then spread out to the rest of the hair. The roots are what determine the color, so the purple pigments must have a presence there. That first 20-minutes soak will not necessarily have to remain a part of your routine. It depends on the brand of shampoo, it depends on your hair color, and it depends on your scalp. Experiment and see what works best for you and your hair. If you find none of the store-bought products are giving you the results you want, try making your own purple shampoo. Some shampoo, some dye, and some creative spirit. There are many recipes online.

Don't use too much purple, or you may end up with a different color than you had envisioned. Too much pigmentation will cause the hair to look ashy and not healthy at all. Like I said – once a week is enough. Use the shampoo to maintain your color, and speaking of color – remember that purple dye can stain. Make sure to clear away anything which you don't want to accidentally become purple.

At some point, your dye job will lose its effect, of course. If you feel that it is time to head back to the salon, go with your gut. But, until that time comes, you can have the color you want with a little purple thrown into the mix. So cheer up! Sure, your life may be a mess, but that doesn’t mean your hair has to be! 

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Treehouse Learning

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Treehouse is a very unique massive open online course (MOOC) website. Unlike sites whose content is delivered by users-turned- mentors, or whose classes are ones filmed at colleges or universities (and given by their lecturers), Treehouse is famous for employing its own in-house teachers. It has no managers, and is run by its employees in a friendly and relatively free-spirited environment. It is a website which puts a lot into production, and that is not a given. There are many MOOCs which have a ton of courses, and even qualified instructors – but put very little thought into the filming, and have no production value.

Some may be okay with that, but I feel that you need to have a more polished look and feel, if you are interested in truly engaging online students. I am not saying that production is everything. Obviously, the basis of all quality education is the staff and the actual course material which can be read about on Edumuch.com. But, you have to admit that watching a well-lit, great-sounding video, shot in a studio by professionals, is a lot better than viewing a cheaply-made one shot at the home of a random, albeit experienced, user.

Treehouse’s goal is help those who are interested in making it in the information technology (IT) business. They have courses on web and app development, business, and anything in between. Their focus on IT is one which is attracting the attention of many students, and they currently have over 180,000 of them. Obviously, some are more active than others, but it is still a large number. A lot of MOOCs are all about learning at your own pace and in your own time. Treehouse’s course videos are generally broken up into up-to- 30-minute segments, which facilitate better knowledge retention, and allow the student to get things done faster. Many students can get individual segments done while on their morning or evening commute, and this is part of what makes the site so popular. mooc

From career changing novices to professional web developers looking to improve their digital chops, Treehouse has courses for anyone who is interested in programming and working in IT. They have entire tracks dedicated to beginners, which come as a bundle of videos and allow the student to go from basics to job readiness in a matter of months. The added bonus is that it is relatively inexpensive, especially compared to trade schools and designated hi-tech establishments.

Whether you want to learn a language for fun, or for your job, or in order to build a portfolio and land a new job – Treehouse has got you covered. Founded in 2011, the company has offices in Portland, Oregon and Orlando, Florida. There are over a dozen main categories and languages to choose from, with varying levels of skill and knowledge. It is a user-friendly website (obviously, it has to be), and there is a very active community of students. The forums are always busy, and there it can be a very dynamic experience. Treehouse even takes it one step further, and organizes real live events, such as lectures given by industry experts, which students can participate in.

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