Wet Mountain Saddle Club Encourages Youth to Preserve Western Heritage

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Wet Mountain Saddle Club
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The former owner of hair products company Aussie, Tom Redmond leverages his experience leading Aussie to promote a new hair care business venture called Onesta Hair Care. Outside of work, Tom Redmond contributes to the Wet Mountain Saddle Club in order to support the Annual Westcliffe Stampede and Rodeo in Custer County, Colorado.

The Wet Mountain Saddle Club strives to preserve western heritage by continuing traditional lifestyles and events. In pursuit of this mission, the club engages young people in a variety of club activities.

These activities include a youth mentoring program, through which young people who would other not have the opportunity learn to ride and develop an appreciation for horses. To keep this program operational, volunteers contribute time, effort, and horses. The program is open to youth aged 8 to 19 and involves one-one-one mentorship from a mentor who offers additional riding time outside of scheduled meetings, which occur once per month.

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The Potential Dangers of Parabens

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A beauty products industry executive, Tom Redmond stands out as founder and former owner of the Aussie hair care company. Former Aussie owner Tom Redmond now stands out as president of Onesta, which manufactures and distributes natural and paraben-free hair care products.

Medical science has long known that a family of chemicals known as parabens can mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen on the body. According to a 2015 study published in Environmental Health Perspectives, this effect may be strong enough to increase the growth of tumor cells in the body.

The research team investigated the effects of parabens on HER2, a type of estrogen that is found in tumors and is linked to aggressive cancer growth. The team used growth factor heregulin to activate HER2 receptors, a process that prompted the development of breast cancer cells. When they exposed these cells to parabens, tumor cells proliferated more rapidly.

The team then lowered its use of heregulin and increased paraben exposure. Findings revealed that although paraben concentrations were 100 times less than those of the previously used heregulin, these findings add to previous research into the effects of paraben exposure, which studies have shown may contribute to a broad range of reproductive, gynecological, and other conditions.

Experts note that while there is not yet sufficient evidence to ban parabens and similar chemicals, consumers can reduce their exposure through informed product choice. Selected products should be specifically marked paraben-free, as some manufacturers list use such general terms as fragrances to note chemicals on ingredient lists, making it more difficult to determine actual ingredients.

Onesta Hair Care Gains PETA’s Approval

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Tom Redmond, founder of Aussie hair products, continues to bring innovations in hair care to market. Procter & Gamble Co. purchased the Aussie company in 2004, but Tom Redmond since has launched a new product line, Onesta Hair Care. Onesta is produced with natural ingredients and follows a sustainable, environmentally friendly philosophy.

Only natural fragrances made from organic botanical extracts are used in Onesta products. In addition, the company has avoided all forms of animal testing on its products and is included on PETA’s “Beauty Without Bunnies” list.

In order to be approved for the PETA list, a company must sign a statement of assurance that guarantees, among other things, that its product never has been involved in any kind of animal testing. PETA updates its online list of approved products frequently and distributes a printed list twice a year. Once a company is included on the list, it can license PETA’s “cruelty-free” bunny logo for use on products, literature, displays and websites. The logo makes it easy for consumers to see that products have met PETA’s stringent anti-cruelty standards.

The Nez Perce and the Battle of Bear Paw Mountains

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Battle of Bear Paw Mountains
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Tom Redmond, the founder of Aussie hair products, has a history of giving back to his community. In addition to supporting several local charitable organizations while running the Aussie company, he was involved in returning 19th century Nez Perce artifacts to current members of the Native American tribe. The Boston Historical Society owned the artifacts, but when the society decided to sell the collection in 1990, Tom Redmond contributed money to the effort to return these items to their rightful owners.

The Nez Perce occupied large portions of the Pacific Northwest. At the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition in the early 1800s, the Nez Perce claimed about 17 million acres covering portions of modern-day Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Members of the Nez Perce tribe engaged in battle with the United States over their refusal to leave their native land and move to a reservation. Following weeks of conflict in the fall of 1877, the tribe camped along the Snake Creek, 40 miles from the safety of the Canadian border. Scouts discovered the location of the camp, and fighting, led by Colonel Nelson Miles, resumed.

After several days, Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce surrendered, stating, “Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.”

Best Times to Visit Hawaii

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The former owner of Aussie, Tom Redmond leads salon hair care company Onesta as president and breeds Arabian and half-Arabian horses, cattle, and buffalo as the owner of Wolf Springs Ranches. In his free time, the former Aussie owner enjoys traveling around the world. Hawaii is one of Tom Redmond’s favorite destinations due to its great climate and friendly locals.

Hawaii is one of the world’s most popular vacation destinations and is well-known for its agreeable year-round weather. Still, the state its high and low seasons. Summer is the peak travel season for Hawaii, with the weather at its best on most of the Hawaiian islands between June and August. Unfortunately, crowds can be extremely large during this time, and prices often skyrocket to accommodate the increased demand. Winter experiences a similar problem. Although the weather in Hawaii is slightly cooler during the winter season, it is still a popular destination for travelers looking to get away from the cold and snow of their hometowns.

Summer crowds typically begin thinning out after Labor Day, with tourism remaining relatively quiet through November. Visitors who travel to the islands during this period enjoy fewer crowds, shorter lines at attractions, and cheaper accommodations. Spring can be even less crowded, despite the blooming flowers and lush vegetation of the season. In April and May, Hawaiian establishments often offer travel discounts, making a visit to these lush islands more affordable.

Hosanna! Church Sponsors Mission Trip to Ecuador

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Hosanna! Church Sponsors Mission Trip to Ecuador
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Tom Redmond founded the Aussie shampoo brand in 1979, which Procter & Gamble Co. purchased in 2004. Active within his community, Aussie founder Tom Redmond donates to individuals on mission trips through the Hosanna! Church in Lakeville, Minnesota.

With its first worship service taking part in the gymnasium at Orchard Lake Elementary School in 1980, the Hosanna! Church purchased land in Lakeville in 1992. It opened a second campus in nearby Shakopee in 2014. The Hosanna! Church maintains membership with the Alliance of Renewal Churches (ARC) and the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).

One of the trips sponsored by the Hosanna! Church is its IMPACT Trip to Ecuador where individuals meet with orphans. Scheduled for October 22 through 29, this week-long trip gives people a chance to work alongside missionaries Denise and Oswaldo Pineiros and their orphan ministry. For approximately $2,600 through $2,900, individuals will share Bible stories, make crafts, and play games with the orphans. They also have an opportunity to travel to several orphanages. Those interested must be 12 and over with a parent or 17 and over without a parent.

Three Ways to Protect Your Hair

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Tom Redmond of Aussie Hair Care recently created Onesta Hair Care, an all-natural approach to hair products. Tom Redmond, who founded Aussie, designed this new line of products with healthy oils and natural botanical ingredients to cleanse and style hair without damaging it. Many other brands use harmful chemicals such as parabens, propylene glycol, and synthetic dyes.

Synthetic ingredients and chemicals are not the only way to damage your hair. Follow these tips to keep your hair healthy as you go about your beauty routine.

1. Be gentle with your hairbrush. Aggressive brushing can break and damage hair. When using a hairbrush, gently brush tangles out from the ends first. Wet hair is even more susceptible to damage. Instead of brushing wet hair, use a wide toothed comb to pull out tangles.

2. Avoid heat if you can. If you often use heat to style your hair, invest in good tools and use the lowest heat setting you can manage. The finer your hair is, the less heat you should be using.

3. The sun’s UV rays can damage hair just as they damage skin. Dark hair fares better than light, but it is always best to keep exposure to a minimum. If you’re going to be in the sun for a long time, it is best to wear a hat or scarf.