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.

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Sage Oil’s Unique Hair Nourishing and Strengthening Properties

 

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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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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.

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
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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.

Onesta Hair Care – Using Organic Ingredients in a Responsible Way

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Onesta Hair Care
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With more than 20 years of experience in the hair care industry, Tom Redmond is the former owner of hair care product company Aussie. Tom Redmond leverages his experience as head of Aussie to lead Minnesota-based Onesta Hair Care, which uses natural products and strives to be environmentally responsible.

Onesta Hair Care uses the most organic ingredients possible in its wide selection of hair care products. All of the fragrances in the company’s products are certified organic botanical extracts, with no synthetic fragrances or harmful chemicals. In addition to exceeding FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulations, Onesta’s formulas remain compliant with guidelines established by the European Union.

Also an environmentally friendly company, Onesta operates its business completely on wind energy to minimize its carbon footprint. The company even uses renewable packaging consisting of post-consumer resin bottles. Consumers can also rest assured that none of Onesta’s products contain animal products, as the company’s products have received approval from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). To learn more about Onesta Hair Care and its products, visit onestahaircare.com.

Hosanna! Church – On International and Domestic Missions

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Having founded the Aussie brand of salon products, Tom Redmond now serves as president of Onesta Hair Care in Edina, Minnesota. Tom Redmond’s philanthropic activities include contributions to the ministerial activities of the Hosanna! Church in Lakeville and Shakopee, Minnesota.

These Lutheran congregations engage in a number of outreach ministries to benefit those in need locally and internationally:

Hosanna! Emergency Action Response Teams (HEART) offer assistance during times of natural disaster to those who are impacted. The church also works with outside agencies in the Twin Cities area.

The Hands of Freedom program in India assists persons who live in poverty. Local churches are empowered to be a center of spiritual, economic, and cultural redevelopment. Hands of Freedom encourages leadership skills among new pastors and members.

Training centers in Ethiopia, sponsored by the church, teach Christian values to local law enforcement and develop businesses to help those in need create income. It also finds sources to provide fresh drinking water.