The Importance of Emollients and Humectants for Hair and Skin Health


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Tom Redmond

Tom Redmond, the founder and former owner of the Aussie shampoo brand, guided the hair care company known for its use of native Australian botanicals. Building on his experience with Aussie, Tom Redmond is now the president of Onesta Hair Care.

Onesta’s Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acid Complex is featured in its shampoos and conditioners. The product provides replacements for emollients lost to chemical processing, styling products, and UV exposure.

Emollients, which are found in a variety of natural oils, including coconut, argan, and almond, coat the hair with a protective film that helps it retain moisture and create a full, thick look. Emollients work in the hair with humectants, which attract and absorb water. Common humectants include glycerin, honey, fructose, and agave nectar.

Emollients and humectants do more than protect hair. They also provide an occlusive barrier that smooths and soothes the scalp and helps prevent dryness and itching.


Sage Oil’s Unique Hair Nourishing and Strengthening Properties


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Onesta Hair Care

As founder and owner of the Aussie hair products brand, Tom Redmond emphasized natural ingredients native to Australia such as blue gum leaves and quandong. Building on his experience leading and ultimately selling the Aussie brand, Tom Redmond has launched Onesta as a hair care line sold in salons that features natural botanicals in place of synthetic ingredients.

Among the distinct components of Onesta Hair Care are rhatany root, milk thistle, organic green tea, and sage oil, which acts as a preservative. Long used for a variety of skin issues, antioxidant-rich sage oil fights dandruff through its astringent properties while adding shine to hair. Also stimulating the hair follicles, sage oil can increase circulation in the scalp, with fuller hair growth a common result.

Sage oil also contains beta-sitosterol, a 5-alpha reductase compound which guards against male pattern baldness. As part of a complex formulation that incorporates complementary oils, it can have a host of beneficial effects.

Drawbacks of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate in Body Care Products

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Onesta Hair Care

The founder and previous owner of Aussie hair care products, Tom Redmond now leads Onesta Hair Care. Like Aussie, Tom Redmond’s new company promotes safe botanical ingredients and avoids dangerous chemicals in its product line of shampoos, conditioners, and other items.

Other companies’ salon products often contain detrimental chemicals, such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), present in body washes, shampoos, and soaps as a foaming agent. (It also has industrial applications, such as cleaning garage floors and removing grease from auto engines.) SLS has been linked to scalp and eye irritation and tangled hair. Possible connections have also been found to organ and nerve toxicity and interference with the endocrine system.

Although SLS is derived from a natural source (coconuts), the manufacturing process often adds in 1,4-dioxane. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health identifies this substance as a potential carcinogen that may cause problems with the central nervous system, liver, and kidneys.

Research has yet to focus on the long-term effects on body care consumers of SLS and related chemicals, such as sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium lauryl sulfate. The Environmental Working Group advises using alternatives to these chemicals.

Vikings Select Dalvin Cook with Top Pick in NFL Draft

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Dalvin Cook

A business graduate of Lewis University, Tom Redmond founded the popular hair care company Aussie in 1979. Since selling Aussie in 1998, Tom Redmond has focused his professional endeavors on his new enterprise Onesta, as well as his Colorado-based ranch. In his free time, he enjoys following his favorite National Football League (NFL) team, the Minnesota Vikings.

Following a 5-0 start to the 2016 NFL season, the Vikings won just three of its final 11 games en route to missing the playoffs with a record of 8-8. That finish meant the Vikings would pick ninth in the 2017 NFL Draft, however, the team dealt its first-round pick at the beginning of the season to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Sam Bradford.

Although the Vikings didn’t have a first-round pick, the team still found a potential high-impact player in the second round with its selection of running back Dalvin Cook. In three seasons at Florida State University, Cook recorded a combined 46 rushing touchdowns and 4,464 rushing yards. He scored 19 touchdowns in both his sophomore and junior seasons and finished in the top 10 in Heisman Trophy voting each season. The Vikings had 10 other picks in the draft and added two defensive lineman, two linebackers, two offensive lineman, two wide receivers, a cornerback, and a tight end.

Phthalates: Health Risks and How to Avoid

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Tom Redmond may be best known as the former owner of Aussie, a popular brand of hair-care products. Since selling Aussie, Tom Redmond has established Onesta Hair Care. His new brand is dedicated to natural ingredients, and never uses synthetic fragrances or harmful phthalates.

Phthalates are plasticizing chemicals commonly used in household items such as cosmetics, detergents, and children’s toys. They are useful as binding agents or solvents, and can also make plastics more flexible.

These compounds are also known to have adverse effects on human health. While reports on their specific hazards vary, they are widely known to cause endocrine and reproductive problems in both humans and animals. Some studies link phthalates to ADHD, asthma, neurodevelopmental problems, and certain types of cancer.

Phthalates are notoriously difficult to avoid. To minimize your exposure, consider staying away from synthetic fragrances, and reduce your use of plastic items. If you have small children, consider avoiding soft plastic toys manufactured prior to 2009, as these are likely to contain phthalates.

Arabian Horse Care – Health Concerns to Be Aware Of

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Arabian Horse Care

Aussie creator Tom Redmond is now the president of Onesta Hair Care and the owner of Wolf Springs Ranches in Westcliffe, Colorado. At Wolf Springs, Tom Redmond focuses on raising and showing Arabian horses.

Arabian horses are known for their beauty, stamina, and intelligence. These traits make them popular choices for both racing and pleasure riding. However, Arabian horses are particularly susceptible to several common health concerns. Any Arabian owner or caregiver should be aware of the following breed-specific problems.

Though they have dense bones and strong legs in adulthood, Arabians tend to mature more slowly than other breeds. This means it is important to avoid extremely strenuous activities, such as jumping, until the horse is five years old.

Arabians are also at risk for several genetic conditions. Some of these, like equine juvenile epilepsy, are treatable and fairly mild. Other common conditions, such as cerebellar abiotrophy and occipital atlanto-axial malformation, can be treated, but may make a horse unsuitable for serious riding.

Gymkhana’s Three Common Events

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Tom Redmond founded Aussie, a world-renowned hair care company, in 1979. The success of Aussie has allowed Tom Redmond to pursue other business ventures, including a Colorado-based ranch, where he breeds Arabian and half-Arabian horses to participate in equine shows. He’s also a regular supporter of the Wet Mountain Saddle Club, which hosts gymkhana competitions throughout the summer.

Gymkhana is a speed- and precision-based equestrian event in which children or people still learning the sport often participate. It can feature a variety of different activities, including the following three.

Pole bending: A rider trains his or her horse to obey leg aids and rein while navigating through a six pole course. The height of the poles should be 6 feet, and spaced 21 feet apart. A five second penalty is given to riders who miss a pole.

Barrel racing: Similar to pole bending, the horse and rider must work together to complete tight turns around three barrels placed in a clover-leaf pattern. A five second penalty is given to riders who knock down a barrel.

Keyhole race: Emphasizing close-quarter movements, the rider must rein his or her horse through a tightly marked keyhole design on the ground, completing a full 360 degree turn and galloping back to the start/finish. Contestants are disqualified for failing to stay within the 20-foot diameter of the keyhole.