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Indigo+Canary’s 12 Most Popular Posts Of 2012

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The end of 2012 is approaching, and once again, I’m looking forward to a new year that’s fresh with promise. I’m not one who believes the world is going to end this Friday, obviously! But I wanted to take a moment to look back at your favorite posts* of the year. Here they are, in all of their glory. Enjoy!

Dry Brushing to Detox Your Skin. I am still doing this most days, and I still adore how invigorating—and exfoliating—this daily treatment is.

Get Shiny, Glossy Hair—Naturally. I wrote this story for Breathe magazine; Julie Ebner offered some great, natural tips!

Natural Beauty Q&A with Michelle Witherby. She’s the founder of O&N Collective, and has great advice. She shares her comprehensive approach to natural beauty (and health), and a few of her must-have products.

Your Questions Answered: Laser Hair Removal. I had laser hair removal every six weeks for nearly a year…and answered your questions based on what I learned (and from asking my technician).

Natural Beauty Q&A with Sally Biondo. She’s a fantastic, all-natural makeup artist, and shared her beauty philosophy, her must-have products, and the one bad beauty habit she encourages everyone to break!

Natural Beauty Q&A with Karen Behnke. The founder of Juice Beauty told us about her path to natural beauty and offered some juicy inspiration.

Reader Question: Battling Hormonal Acne. Unfortunately, hormonal acne is something I continue to battle—and I offered up some techniques that can work on just about any type of skin that’s battling a hormonal acne invasion.

Sustainable (and natural) beauty. This story I wrote for Breathe features six natural beauty companies that take a commitment to Mother Nature very seriously.

Let’s talk about: Eyebrow threading. Threading is my preferred method of brow shaping and one of my favorite beauty treatments for a few reasons: it’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s (almost) painless, and it’s natural.

8 Leaps to Take in Your Beauty Routine. For Leap Day, I put together a special list of beauty “leaps” to try in its honor.

Roundup: Green Tea for Beautiful Skin. As an ingredient packed with antioxidants, green tea has taken the natural beauty scene by storm. And since the polyphenol in green tea, ECGC, has been proven to help rejuvenate and heal skin, fight inflammation, and heal acne, I put together a long list of products that include it.

How do you clean your yoga mat? I sought your advice for this post—and I’m so glad I did! There are some really great suggestions in the comments.

Did you have a favorite Indigo+Canary post this year? Any requests for 2013? —Aleigh


*This list doesn’t include any product reviews—I’ll tackle those in another post.

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Let’s talk about: Eyebrow threading

The first time I ever had my brows threaded, in NYC circa 2005.

This weekend as I was waiting to have my eyebrows threaded, I realized we had never discussed the practice on Indigo+Canary! Threading is my preferred method of brow shaping and one of my favorite beauty treatments for a few reasons: it’s affordable, it’s quick, it’s (almost) painless, and it’s natural.

The basics
Threading is an ancient technique that is believed to have originated in the Middle East and South Asia. It uses a single thread to grasp and pull out stray hairs—and it’s super precise. In my experience, it’s also more effective and more gentle than waxing. Plus, the only “products” involved in the process are thread and aloe (to soothe threaded spots), making it a natural treatment.

What it feels like
To me, threading feels like a very quick bee sting—but the pain only lasts for a second (not the same kind of throbbing pain that accompanies a real bee sting). Again, some people are more sensitive than others, so if you think waxing is extremely painful, you may feel the same about threading. There is always a risk of getting your skin caught in the thread (although it’s rare), so be sure to find a threader who properly sanitizes her hands and uses a new piece of thread on each client.

Costs
Prices are similar to waxing—I’ve seen threading listed for anywhere from $10 to $20 per treatment. Like waxing, prices vary for other parts of the face: you can also have your neck, upper lip, cheeks, forehead, etc. threaded.

What’s your preferred method of brow maintenance? Have you ever had your brows threaded?  —Aleigh 

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