Donating Hair

It’s a new year, so you’re maybe thinking of a new hairstyle.

If you like drastic changes, consider donating the hair you’re chopping off to help make wigs for women and children who have lost their hair as a result of cancer treatment.

Note that your hair must be chemically untreated (no dyes or perms). It took me awhile to do this because I’ve always had a little bit of something in my hair since I was 16.

If you have at least 8″ of hair to donate, you can send it to the Pantene Beautiful Lengths, which is a partnership program with the Canadian Cancer Society. If you have at least 12″ to donate, you can donate to the Angel Hair for Kids.

In the summer, I was able to cut off 12 inches! Here’s the before and after photo (of what my stepdaughter calls “the mom cut” :))

Sugaring vs. Waxing

I asked my OB if it was safe to sugar while pregnant. He had no clue what I was talking about, so it was quite amusing trying to explain it to him. ‘So I can just use sugar to remove hair from my body??’ he asked. Um no, not quite.

I first tried sugaring a few years ago. I came across a great deal on Groupon so I was tempted to give it a try, and I’m so glad I did.

Sugaring is a hair removal process that’s similar to waxing, but so much better! The paste is made from water-soluble natural ingredients so cleanup is really easy. All you need is a damp cloth, compared to an oil-based cleanser for wax. Also, the sugar paste does not adhere to skin the way wax does, so it isn’t as terrible. Plus, it’s not hot, whereas wax could be painfully hot if you’re sensitive.

I’ve tried a few different sugarists in Toronto, and just like any other esthetician, stick with one you’re comfortable with and it’ll be worth it. There are also some home sugaring kits, but I’ve never been successful with those. Maybe some of you will have better luck.

It’s Cold Out There

With the windchill, it’s -37 degrees Celsius.

cold-weather

And I heard it again today, ‘Being from Edmonton, you must be used to this.’ No one can get used to this cold. True, it’s not rare for Edmonton to get this cold during the winter but the biggest difference is most people drive in Edmonton. Toronto has a large population who takes public transit or walks regularly in the downtown core. I, myself, take the GO train and walk 10 minutes to/from the station. In Edmonton, I drove everywhere. I was indoors, not enduring the frigid winter temperatures. So, to everyone who thinks Edmontonians are immune to this weather — I think it’s safe to say that on average, the Edmonton commuter is indoors longer than a Torontonian.

So, Torontonian, if you have to go out, use layers and bundle up! But on a day like today, try to keep yourself and those kiddies indoors!

Drinking Water for Mama-to-Be

Because I live in a house that was built prior to the mid-1950s, I sent a water sample to the City for lead testing as a precaution during my pregnancy. It takes up to 6 weeks for results.

In the meantime, I found the only pitcher filter (ZeroWater‎) that is NSF approved to remove lead. It came with a TDS meter that tests for the concentration of total dissolved solids in PPM – harmful or not, such as include fluoride, calcium bicarbonate, road salts, lead, copper or other inorganic/organic materials.

I didn’t need to be convinced to shell out $35 for it, but as I was purchasing it, the sales associate told me that they use this technology in space to filter urine for drinking water. Now, I have no idea if it’s true, but if it is, that’s pretty cool!

Regardless, just looking at the TDS meter results is impressive. Take a look. I was like a kid excited by a science class demonstration.

Tap water =160 PPM

wpid-tap.jpg

Brita filter = 78 PPM

wpid-brita.jpg

ZeroWater filter = 0 PPM

wpid-zerowater.jpg

The TDS in tap water is still within safe levels but I’d like to reduce lead intake as much as possible for my growing fetus. Another option of course is bottled water, but this is fun to watch and requires less packaging :) I’ve had the filter for about 2.5 weeks now and it’s still at 0 and tastes great! Hopefully, it lasts until I get my lead test results back.