Archive for May 17th, 2011

The Great Straight Hair Debate Continues

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about how the Brazilian Blowout and other chemical hair straightening treatments have come under fire recently due to the associated health risks caused by formaldehyde, a common ingredient in many of them. The treatments are again the topic of concern today at a congressional staff briefing on the dangers of chemical exposure in the spa and salon workplace. Hosted by the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, in partnership with the National Healthy Nail Salon Alliance and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, the briefing will feature a discussion of the Brazilian Blowout case study, which showed that hair products with dangerously high levels of formaldehyde are allowed to be used in salons due to lax federal and state regulations. Salon owners and technicians will also be available to give firsthand accounts of working with the products as well as the impact they’ve had on their health. Ten members of Congress sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday, expressing their concern about hair straighteners containing formaldehyde and asking the agency to act immediately to protect both salon employees and consumers. Do you think such straighteners should be banned?

St. Regis Bora Bora Offers Exclusive Wellness Retreats

While I do get to travel to some amazing places, thanks to this job, one place on my list that I have yet to visit is Bora Bora. In addition to being one of the most secluded and beautiful islands in the world, St. Regis Bora Bora Resort is now enticing spa-goers with another reason (as if we really need one) to visit this paradise. From June 17-23 and June 24-30, guests can opt to partake in an exclusive Wellness Retreat Package. In partnership with the Tirisula Yoga School, Singapore, the resort is offering visitors an opportunity to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Starting at $1,570 per night, the program includes the following:

• Accommodation for one or two persons in Overwater Villa

• Daily breakfast in Te Pahu Restaurant for one person

• Four two-course lunches in Te Pahu Restaurant for one person

• One cooking class at Lagoon Restaurant with Lunch for one person

• One-Day Hiking excursion with picnic lunch for one person

• Four three-course dinners in one of the three resort restaurants for one person

• One Polynesian buffet Dinner for one person

• Extensive daily yoga schedule for one person

• One Healthy Eating workshop for one person

• One 50-minute treatment at Miri Miri Spa for one person

• One farewell beach cocktail for one person

Who knew paradise could get even better?

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