small spray bottle, package of brown rice, red measuring cup and white rice bowl and strainer

image: the makings for rice water hair rinse

|| 24 October 2021

Rice Water Rinse for Hair

When I was a teenager in the late 1950s and early 1960s, it was common to use natural products for healthier, prettier hair: lemon juice or vinegar rinse for shine. If your hair was limp and looking dull, you added a beaten raw egg to your shampoo lather. (And then spent a lot of time rinsing the goopy shampoo egg combo out of your hair.)

My mother told me that when she was a teenager in the late 1920s and early 1930s, it was common to soak flaxseeds in water and use the resulting gel to give hair body and shine.

But I never heard of anyone using a rice water rinse for healthier hair — apparently common in Japan in the Heian period (794–1185). Yu-Su-Ru, the name for the rinse.

Vitacost offers a library of useful articles for health and beauty using natural products. You can find an article about using a rice water rinse (and instructions for making it) on the Vitacost website.

Is Rice Water the Secret to Healthy Hair?

|| 21 October 2021

Translating From French

How is your French? Did you work out the translations of the signs in the market photo our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat provided for the French Ready Meals Nouvelles? More . . .

|| 14 October 2021

French Ready Meals / Fast Food

I still have photos and comments sent by our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat during her recent trip to France that I have not yet shared with you. Today a photo and comment she sent mid-September on "ready meals" — what we in the USA call fast food — that Kat found available when out shopping. More . . .

|| 10 October 2021

A Simple French Lunch

Note: On the Simple French Lunch page (link below) the slideshow of images may not display properly on all devices. Sorry, but I have not been able to determine why the page tests correctly on my laptop, my desktop computer and my iPhone, but not my iPad. I can see all 12 photos on the iPad, but they are not in the slidshow player format. I am working on the problem and hope to find a solution soon. — Anne

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat recently sent wonderful photos and information about "a simple French lunch." she and her husband enjoyed on their homeward bound journey. I had been wanting to try some new software I acquired to show you more images than the usual Nouvelles format accomodated. This seemed to be a good opportunity to try it out.

As Kat explained in her email:

We always break the journey to Calais with a two hour lunch en route. After the owners of our old favourite, “Le Pied sur la Platte” at Blangy-sur-Bresle retired, and the restaurant closed, we stumbled upon this hotel-restaurant at Aumale. More . . .

|| 30 September 2021

Exercise à la française

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat sent interesting comments on the French and exercise. More . . .

|| 26 September 2021

Chic and Slim French Certain Age Elegance

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat is back in France. She has been sending interesting information and photos. I had planned a Nouvelles on some food information she sent earlier, but when a photo with a wonderful example of chic and slim French certain age elegance arrived this morning I thought the duck thighs in cider and the artichokes could wait. More . . .

|| 19 September 2021

The Perfect Length for Chic

One of the first lessons for French chic I learned was the importance of wearing clothes that were the best length to make you look slim and attractive. I was assured that chic French women would change the length as little as 1/4 inch (0.64 cm) to achieve what they deemed the perfect length for their personal style. More . . .

|| 16 September 2021

Thin / Thinning Hair

Thin/thinning hair is not only a problem for many women in certain age, but it can be a problem for women of any age. Thin hair can be caused by a number of factors, among them genetic.

Bustle identified 23 thinning hair products that have rave reviews on Amazon. Well we know that many of the reviews on Amazon, both favorable and unfavorable, are not authentic. Still, if thin hair is a problem for you, you will find in this article a list of products of which you might not have been aware. You could check them out on other vendors for verification of their effectiveness. Many are inexpensive.

Two of the listed appeared to work for my mother whose hair remained thick and healthy up to the day she died at 93. Sometime around age 60 she began sleeping in a pure satin sleep cap, — like an oversized shower cap made of satin. (The article suggests satin pillow cases.) All my mother’s adult life she insisted that her hairdresser give her a vigorous head massage at her weekly hair appointment. (The article has head massager products.) My mother made me a strong believer in regular head massage, though I do mine daily.

Bustle Thinning Hair Article

|| 6 September 2021

Savon de Marseille

Such lovely things to buy in French shops. From her recent visit to France our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat sent photos of a display of French soap she spotted in a shop in Pont-l'Evêque. More . . .

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