Indeed I have learnt…….

I’ve learned….
That the best classroom in the world is at the feet of an elderly person.

I’ve learned….
That just one person saying to me, “You’ve made my day!” makes my day.

I’ve learned….
That having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.

I’ve learned….
That being kind is more important than being right.

I’ve learned….
That you should never say “no” to a gift from a child.

I’ve learned….
That I can always pray for someone when I don’t have the strength to help him in some other way.

I’ve learned….
That no matter how serious your life requires you to be, everyone needs a  friend to act goofy with.

I’ve learned….
That sometimes all a person needs is a hand to hold and a heart to  understand.

I’ve learned….
That simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I  was a child did wonders for me as an adult.

I’ve learned….
That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end,  the faster it goes.

I’ve learned….
That we should be glad God doesn’t give us everything we ask for.

I’ve learned….
That money doesn’t buy class.

I’ve learned….
That it’s those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular.

I’ve learned…
That under everyone’s hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved.

I’ve learned….
That the Lord didn’t do it all in one day. What makes me think I can?

I’ve learned….
That to ignore the facts does not change the facts.

I’ve learned….
That when you plan to get even with someone, you are only letting that person continue to hurt you.

I’ve learned….
That love, not time, heals all wounds.

I’ve learned….
That the easiest way for me to grow as a person is to surround myself with people smarter than I am.

I’ve learned….
That everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile.

I’ve learned….
That there’s nothing sweeter than sleeping with your babies and feeling their breath on your cheeks.

I’ve learned….
That no one is perfect until you fall in love with them.

I’ve learned….
That life is tough, but I’m tougher.

I’ve learned….
That opportunities are never lost; someone will take the ones you miss.

I’ve learned….
That when you harbour bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.

I’ve learned….
That I wish I could have told my Dad that I love him one more time before he passed away.

I’ve learned….
That one should keep his words both soft and tender, because tomorrow he may have to eat them.

I’ve learned….
That a smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.

I’ve learned….
That I can’t choose how I feel, but I can choose what I do about it.

I’ve learned….
That when your newly born child holds your little finger in his little  fist, that you’re hooked for life.

I’ve learned….
That everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

I’ve learned …
That it is best to give advice in only two circumstances; when it is requested and when it is a life threatening situation.

I’ve learned….
That the less time I have to work with, the more things I get done.

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Pakistani hair and style industry adopts new course with ‘Nabila Changes’

By Anita Saleem

As the renowned hairdresser of Pakistan completed her 25 years of service to the fashion industry, she recorded her triumphant expedition in a 135 page exclusive hardcover titled ‘Nabila Changes’. The book was launched at Nabila’s Studio in Karachi and a host of celebrities attended the event to show their support towards the proficient lady. The attendees ranged from the legendary cricketer Wasim Akram to ace designers like Safinaz Munir of Sana Safinaz, Umar Sayeed, Sonya Battla, Deepak Perwani to leading photographers like Tapu Javeri and Amean J. Musicians like Amir Zaki, Emu, Shallum Xavier and Ramiz Mukhtar, Fuzon and TV personalities like Mishi Khan, Ayesha Omar, Natasha Saleem and Anoushey Ashraf. Along with that, various diplomats and businessmen and women could also be spotted at the book launch hence making the night as the biggest in our small yet really talented hair and style industry. Nabila expresses her gratitude at the huge success of the event. She said that she felt “very touched to get such positive support and energy from a so called ‘catty industry’. Just goes to prove we have the sense to support the right thing!”

This is the first ever book to published by L’Oréal Professionnel Pakistan. It traces Nabila’s journey which, according to her, “Has gone against the tide most of the time but things came around because she had conviction”. The book reveals how her revolutionary spirit couple with her creativity and professionalism led her to redefine the preconceived boundaries of hairdressing, fashion and style in Pakistan. It acknowledges and promotes professional beauty platform in Pakistan. Speaking about ‘Nabila Changes’, managing director L’Oréal Pakistan Musharaf Hai said, “When I think of Nabila’s professional milestones, they reflect an eye for detail, daring concepts, a penchant for risk, passion for differentiation, a supreme belief in herself… and why not! Her craft has evolved over time. Her expertise is evident from her interpretations of L’Oréal collections where she celebrates the richness of Pakistani culture. Nabila’s journey is infinite as is her quest for perfection.”

‘Nabila Changes’ is a wholesome book consisting of 9 chapters. The foreward by Zain Mustafa is followed by an introduction whereby Nabila gives an account of how she started, her first professional project and how she eventually launched her brand ‘Nabila’. The third chapter ‘I’ is about her 25 years journey while the proceeding chapter ‘Us’ provides details of three personalities who served as an inspiration for her. The fifth chapter ‘We’ focuses on Nabila’s work with L’Oréal and the next two chapters titled ‘He’ and ‘She’ emphasise Nabila’s work with male and female personalities like Wasim Akram, Babra Sharif and Shaan. The eighth chapter entitled ‘You’ outlines her work with some of the top models while the concluding chapter ‘It’ presents her journey as “one aura always leading to a new era” as quoted by Nabila herself. Speaking of the book chapters, Nabila confesses, “’I’ is my favorite because it tells my story! My work is the extension of how I feel.”

‘Nabila Changes’ has been published with 500 exclusive collectors’ edition copies and since books are a relatively new concept in the fashion industry this endeavor makes Nabila a pioneer. She feels excited and comments, “I hope I can inspire not just the stylists but many more to live and write a magical story. One can engage the brain and make our experience a cerebral one.”

This launch of “Nabila Changes” is a manifest of L’Oréal Professionnel’s commitment to encourage, support and build the professional beauty platform in Pakistan; indeed to celebrate and project role models such as Nabila within the industry in order to galvanize hairdressing within Pakistan.

Hair dye could cause cancer – and brunettes are at greater risk

Women who regularly use permanent hair dye may be putting themselves at increased risk of bladder cancer, new research findings suggest.

The study is the first to show that how often you use hair dyes affects your bladder cancer risk.

Researcher Dr Manuela Gago-Dominguez has conducted a series of studies on bladder patients and healthy women – all of the same age – and found a link between bladder cancer and hair dye.

In the latest research Dr Gago-Dominguez, of the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles, and her colleagues analysed 897 cases of bladder cancer where information about hair dye use was available.

They compared these patients with a similar number of adults who did not use permanent hair dye.

The investigators found that women who used permanent hair dye at least once a month were twice as likely to develop bladder cancer, as women who did not use permanent hair dye.

They took cigarette smoking – a known risk factor for bladder cancer – into consideration in their calculations.

The study findings will be published in the February issue of the International Journal of Cancer.

Dr Manuela Gago-Dominguez said: ‘Our novel observations are provocative and carry enormous public health implications.

‘Yet it is a little premature to make any recommendation about stopping the use of permanent hair dyes.’

‘However, this is one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever conducted on the issue and we think our results should not be ignored.’

Those who reported regular use of the hair dye for at least 15 years were more than three times as likely to develop bladder cancer as non-dye users, concluded the study.

Even some hairstylists and barbers were 50 per cent more likely to have bladder cancer than those who did not experience occupational exposure.

But according to Dr John Corbett, a consultant to the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association, Dr Gago-Dominguez and her team may have used a faulty study design.

‘Their measure of exposure is just frequency of use and duration of use, which is not very good,’ said Dr Corbett.

He added: ‘The most important factor in exposure to hair dye is the shade you use.

‘All of the shades use essentially the same chemicals, but there’s quite a lot more of them (the chemicals) in dark brown and black than there are in blonde.’

Wig-O-Mania – Care instructions of SitUp Client for Synthetic Wigs

“I have recently purchased one of your wigs (\gloria -dark chocolate) as I have lost a lot of hair from the top and sides of my head due to medication i have been prescribed . Your wig is a great fit but i have lost the care details and i have to wear the wig every day and want to keep it looking good. Can you please forward care and washing details a.s.a.p .This has been a very traumatic time for me and your wig has given me some confidence back as for 4 years now i have been glueing extensions onto my scapl which hasnt helped. The maintainance of the extensions were becomming stressful for me so i took the plunge and took them all out. I would ideally prefer a human hair wig with the same good fit as the one i have brought. Can you suggest anything please. Thankyou.


Hi Juliana,

Thank you for purchasing one of our wigs.  I am glad that you are so pleased with it.  It is indeed a very traumatic time loosing your hair for anyone but I think especially for ladies.

You have done the right thing by stopping using extensions as they can actually put a lot of stress on the hair and make the problem worse so a wig is the correct thing for you.

The care instructions are quite simple.  Always keep a separate brush for your wig so that you are not putting grease from your own hair onto your wig.  This way it will need washing much less often.  Never brush it quickly as this can cause static and spoil the fibre.  I would not recommend sleeping in your wig as this will cause matting of the fibre.

Always de-tangle your wig gently before washing it.  Fill a bowl with either cold or tepid water.  Never ever hot water.  Add a little wig shampoo or a mild baby shampoo to the water.  Then gently dunk your wig up and down to cleanse it.  Never rub or scrub at it as this can cause matting.  When finished  empty the bowl and refill with fresh cold water and again dunk your wig up and down gently to remove all traces of shampoo.  Get another bowl of tepid water and add a little wig conditioner as a final rinse.  If you do not have any wig conditioner use a little fabric softener like Lenor or Comfort or something similar to prevent static.  Remember the fibre is synthetic like nylon so a normal hair conditioner will not do.

After your final rinse wrap your wig in a towel and gently pat dry.  Do not wring it out or twist and squeeze it.   Give it gentle shake and then put your hand inside and form the head shape.  Leave to dry naturally away from any direct or indirect heat.  Never use a hair dryer, never leave on a radiator as the excessive heat would melt it as it is nylon.  When it is completely dry just brush into style as normal.

You mention Human Hair wigs, they are much, much more expensive, a lot heavier to wear and they react like your own hair would, in other words if you go out in the rain the rain will effect the style and it will drop.  This does not happen with synthetic wigs, they keep their style
in wet weather or if you are hot.  The fibre is now so good if you buy a good synthetic wig, they look like Human Hair.  You can also buy many more for the cost of one Human Hair wig.

A couple of helpful things to remember that you should always think about, firstly when opening an oven as you know the heat rises and can be very hot indeed.  Always make sure that you stand back and that your head is not in the direct line of the rising heat or it could melt your wig.  The same applies to opening a dish washer or when cooking or barbecuing.  Just remember to keep your head out of the way of excessive heat of any kind.

I hope you find this information helpful.


Easy fix for Frizzy Hair Extensions

Natural hair extensions аrе tһе mοѕt popular because they look and feel as natural and are so easy to wear.

There are however those occasions when like any Natural Hair, even Human Hair Extensions tend to become frizzy. This is because in principal Natural hair extensions do not have tһе advantage οf being supplied wіtһ tһе natural oils frοm tһе scalp like your own hair, and are therefore more vulnerable tο drying out аחԁ becoming frizzy.

This is not because of the quality of the Hair or the process it undergoes that is responsible for it.

Frizzy hair means that your hair needs moisture! Your hair is begging you to moisturize it!

Frizz happens when dry, porous hair sucks up moisture in the air, causing the shaft to swell. A dose of conditioner coats the hair shaft, making it harder for moisture to sink in.

One common cause for hair to become Frizzy is Humidity. Hence the use of a Leave-in Conditioner is among the first things that must be done. Fact is conditioner should be regularly used on the Hair Extensions to avoid it getting too dry or tangled. However, kindly ensure that Conditioner is not applied on the bonds – i.e. the area where your Natural Hair is bonded to the Extension. It will otherwise loosen the bond.

Another reason : Heat damage can also cause hair to look frizzy and frayed – whether they are natural or extensions.

So try some of the tips above and you should see a difference in the amount of frizz your hair has in it.
Using a moisture-enriched shampoo as opposed to a clarifying shampoo can help keep the tresses conditioned through the washing phase, as stated in Vidal Sassoon’s book.
Shampoo your hair, and then rinse with very cold water. After shampooing hair rinse your hair in the coldest water that you can to help lock in the moisture. Cold water helps close the cuticles and keep your color in so it last longer and will be shiner as well.
Be sure to rinse for several minutes before applying conditioner. After using conditioner, again rinse your hair with cold water for at least 3 minutes.
Apply a leave-in conditioner or anti-frizz serum to your damp hair
To touch up your hair, moisten your fingers with water and a small amount of conditioner. Run your fingers through your hair and smooth out the frizz.
Air dry your hair. Avoid using a blow dryer if at all possible. Blow drying your hair often can lead to damaged ends and more frizz. If you must blow dry your hair, do it only for a couple minutes after your hair is almost dry. Use a flat iron with Teflon plates to smooth your hair. Flat irons make your hair look shiny and healthy.
  • Do not use shampoos which contain alcohol. Alcohol dries your hair, leading to more frizzies.
  • Never pull or stretch the hair, especially when it is wet.
  • Comb your hair extensions regularly with a wide-toothed comb. According to “Hair Care: An Illustrated Dermatologic Handbook,” hair brushes should not be used to brush your hair extensions, as this can encourage frizz.
  • Spray hairspray onto your hair extensions the same way that you would apply it to your real hair to reduce frizz and fly-aways.
  • After a wash, let the hair air dry with as little touching as possible. Don’t play with it , brush it or dry it with a towel. This will also prevent the frizzies.

Why Wigs……

In earlier times wigs were merely used to hide a balding head or to go with a fancy dress costume for themed parties like Halloween etc. In recent years the stigma of wearing wigs has disappeared and they have become the in thing and very popular for many reasons.
For instance people who have cancer and are undergoing treatment can suffer hair loss.  Ladies suffering with hormone deficiency can suffer from thinning hair especially after having a baby.  Ladies with imbalanced hormones can suffer from hair loss or thinning hair.  Another problem that can cause hair loss is Alopecia, where patches of hair can be lost.  The hair may regrow, but if it does it usually grows back in a different colour and texture from the natural hair.   Alopecia Totalis is where the person loses all of their hair.  The true reason for such hair loss is not fully known, although it is believed various factors can contribute to such a dramatic and devastating hair loss, one being stress.
Today it is quite normal and classed as, “The in thing to do,” for ladies to wear wigs for fashion, for a colour change or to change their style without the trauma or cost of having their own hair coloured or cut.  Other ladies and particularly celebrities who have got use to having a beautifully coiffed hairdo all the time, find it easier and more convenient to wear a wig to maintain their good looks constantly.

It is now reported that a large array of wigs and hairpieces are in very hot demand on markets all over the world.  When very famous people appear each day with awesome refreshing hairdos by wearing wigs and hairpieces it is like a red light for thousands of ordinary people to do the same and now that is possible.

Later I will illustrate a number of major tips pertaining to alternative types of wigs and hairpieces. You may have found yourself staring at countless human hair wigs or synthetic wigs yet still find it hard to make the correct choice for you.. Below are a few main pointers to help you make the decision to which wig will be the correct and best option for you.

First, ask yourself which style of wig you would certainly be happy to wear.  Normally wigs can be categorized into two main types:  Human hair wigs and synthetic wigs. Obviously there are different items suitable for ladies and items suitable for men.  The fact is that the quantity of wigs and hairpieces sold for girls and ladies is clearly much larger than that of hairpieces for males sold on the international market.

The advantages or disadvantages between human hair wigs and synthetic wigs are very distinct. Human hair wigs look and feel much more natural although they can be heavier to wear unless hand knotted.  They can easily be styled like a natural head of hair using curling tongs, straighteners or hair dryers and they will normally last much longer than synthetic wigs, however they are a lot more expensive to buy.

In contrast synthetic wigs can not normally be restyled using any kind of heat as it will melt the fibre.  Some can look very unnatural unless you buy a good one.  They are much lighter to wear than Human Hair and they are much easier to care for and are much less costly.  It all virtually depends on your purse limits and the amount of time and energy you wish to spend in caring for your wig.

My point of view is that if you are buying your wig or hairpieces purely to create a new trendy look, purchase a number of synthetic wigs in various colours and designs. This way you can have more choices to recreate your own style on different days for various situations and it is unusually budget friendly.  It is very likely that if you only purchase one, you will soon become board with it and want more.

Instructions for How to Put on an Exquisite Wig from Wig-O-Mania


To fit your wig onto your head yourself is really quite simple once you acquaint yourself with the inside of the wig and fit it on yourself a couple of times.  Follow the simple instructions below and practice and play around with it until you feel confident before any outing or special occasion.

  1. First acquaint yourself with the inside of your wig.
  2. Inside the wig there is a definite structure finishing with an edge.  This is known as the cap of the wig.
  3. Inside the cap there is a label. This is the back of the wig.
  4. A little further around the edge of the cap on either side there are 2 elastic straps.  These are so that you can tighten the wig should it feel a little loose.
  5. You tighten them by simply lifting the Velcro tag on the end of the elastic and placing them a little further along the soft comfort band at the back, so it makes the inside of the cap smaller, until you are happy with the fit.
  1. Above those straps again on the edge of the cap there is a little section on either side that are known as the ear tabs.  Inside these ear tabs feels quite stiff. They should be turned slightly inwards and can be bent so that the cap lies flat at the sides instead of sticking out at the temples.
  1. These ear tabs go over the top of your ears but not covering them.  The cap of the wig should not cover your ears.   It should follow your natural hairline.
  2. To put on your wig after acquainting yourself with its structure, secure your own hair as flat as possible either by clipping it flat or putting on a wig liner.
  3. Find the centre front so you know roughly where it is and then hold the ear tabs level on either side.  Slip your head inside the wig from the front as if you were putting a hat on and ease the back down until your wig is level with your own natural hairline at the front.  Do not come lower down your forehead or your wig will look unnatural.
  1. Check that your ear tabs are level.  If one side is slightly higher than the other then your wig is not on straight so adjust it until they are level.
  2. Make sure that you are happy with the fit or if the straps need adjusting.
  3. When you are happy with the fit make sure that no stray hairs of your own hair are showing.  If there are any tuck them inside securely.
  4. You can now dress your wig into style.
  5. If the fringe is too long it can be cut to the length you require by your hairdresser.  If you decide to cut it yourself, just take a little off at a time.  Remember it will not grow back again.
  6. Once you have combed or brushed it into style you may use a small amount of water soluble hairspray to hold it in place.
  7. To help to keep your wig looking lovely for longer, be sure to follow the care label instructions enclosed.
  8. To help to keep your wig looking fresher for longer remember to keep a separate wig brush just for your wig so that you are not transferring grease from your own hair onto your wig.
  9. I hope you found these instructions helpful.  Enjoy your new look and wear it with confidence.