In October 2018, I closed my shop for Good. It felt like I had just come out of a fog of repression; like I’d got rid of a cheating partner that I had a love-hate relationship with, Etsy was out of my life for good! It is no longer a “Handmade ” or truly “global” marketplace for everyone to sell, it is now a costly business to be an Etsy seller.
So why did I turn my back on Etsy? My first problems occurred when they started to localise the search of my shop to the UK only. Etsy was no longer a global marketplace for me. I lost my Australian customers in my summer months, then said goodbye to Canadian buyers and lost 90% of my USA clients. So I stopped making hats and listing less to keep my costs down and still be in profit.
But the real kick in the teeth was when Etsy started redirecting my traffic to “Spread The Love” to the rest of the marketplace, so no matter what you sold you got some of my traffic.
They shut the door on me Etsy has said, “we have set an internal growth target for the number of sellers earning over a specific dollar threshold.” So pay Etsy and shut up, the costs are higher with little or no return, it is not your website, send your traffic to your site, not someone else’s.
This “Spread The Love” strategy is not just a conspiracy theory thought up Etsy sellers unable or unwilling to keep up with their business. No, this is a reality that affects everyone. Localization and keeping everyone in an earning bracket means that you’re never going to realize what an amazing seller you could have been. Long gone are the days when you could quit your day job with Etsy.
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ITS THE ZINC IN YOUR SHAMPOO
Zinc Pyrithione is not only the active ingredient found in products, they work in the same way by slowing down the shedding skin cells;
- Coal Tar- shampoos with a coal tar base
- Selenium sulfide shampoos- this can discolour bleached blond or coloured hair
- Salicylic acid- this can cause a dry scalp and possibly make your dandruff worse.
Please note I am not a Doctor or Scientist. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please always seek medical help if unsure, if you are on medication, have allergies, allergic reactions to products or are pregnant, always seek medical advice before trying anything new.
GET A TRIM
1. Yes I am afraid you will have to get a trim to rid yourself of split ends to stop your hair splitting up the hair shaft. Once your hair is cut you can get a micro trim ( just the very ends dusted) when needed. If your hair is in good condition you don’t need to trim every 4-8 weeks. Cutting your hair every month is counter productive as you are cutting your growth . Hair grows on average 0.5 inches A month. I can trim my hair twice a year.
PATIENCE IS THE KEY TO LONG HAIR
2. As your hair grows 0.5 inches a month that’s 6 inches a year (or 15cm). It can take years to get long locks. Get busy and you will soon forget about wishing for long hair. you will reach your goal before you know it.
CUT OUT THE BLEACH AND HEAT
3. Yes I am sorry but super long hair will be faster achieved if you can cut out the hair dye and heat styling. Avoiding chemical treatments and high heat on your hair will help prevent breakage and split ends. Try to use your hairdryer less and let your hair air dry once in A while
EAT YOUR GREENS
4. A good diet is not only key to A healthy body but also your hair. If your diet is lacking your hair will be the last place to get the nutrients. A balanced diet in vegetables, fruit, fats, proteins and whole grains is A great start.
CONDITION AND OIL
5. Moisture is your best friend. Invest in A good conditioner and oil. You don’t have to spend a fortune I love brands from the drug stores. Using oil on the mid lengths to ends will really help with sealing in the moisture helping to prevent spit ends, I find using oil on damp hair gives great results.
Hair and Protein sensitivity?
If you think about protein in terms of food some people love chicken and find it a great source of easily digestible protein to help build and repair your body. Now if beans are also protein but can give undesirable side affects to other folks. This is the same with protein with your hair some hair just likes other sources of protein to others.
Adding the right protein to your hair will improve your hair ability to hold on to moisture. Some hair is more porous than other hair types. Protein helps trap moisture into the hair shaft. All lot of hair products contain hydrolyzed wheat protein as this increases the hair’s ability to retain moisture , improves smoothness and reduces the hairs porosity.
SIDE AFFECTS OF PROTEIN ON THE HAIR
- Your hair feels lank and waxy.
- Hair feels straw like
- Brakes off easily when you detangle
- Dry hair
- The ends feel crunchy and dry.
ITS ABOUT HOW POROUS YOUR HAIR IS
If your hair as low porosity it means that your hair cuticles are resistant to opening up to moisture and water. If the product just sits on top of your hair it means that the moisture has escaped and has not been sealed in. You can help this problem by avoiding products that are heavily oil based and applying products to damp hair to increase the chance of trapping in moisture. This could be why some oil products such coconut oil could not work for some people as the hair can have a lot of build up and can make the hair crunchy, or brake off due to lack of moisture in the hair cuticle. Washing your hair with a good clarifying shampoo will help open up the cuticle to then seal in as much moisture as possible.
So if your hair is made up of 91 percent protein it is just finding the right one for your hair, If your hair does not get on with certain proteins oils can help with the problem too. For example fine hair needs less protein than course hair it is finding the right products for you.
WHAT IS HARD WATER?
This is a term to describe water with a high mineral content. This includes minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium, these minerals can be bad for your hair and skin leading to dryness and irritation. Think of that horrible white limescale that builds up in the shower, if you have bad limescale you most probably live in a hard water area.
The harder the water area the more shampoo you will need to wash your hair. Shampooing opens up the cuticle making the scales on each hair stand up. Washing your hair in hard water can make your hair more tangled than rough than it should be. The soap becomes less effective due to the high mineral contents left on your hair. Conditioner will help close down the cuticles but your hair could feel limp or feel like you have a coating on your hair. Hard water also prevents moisture from entering your hair leading to tangled, dull and limp hair and cause breakage or dandruff. It can also cause your hair colour to fade faster or alter the shade of your hair.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREVENT HARD WATER?
The most effective way is to get a shower filter to make the water soft. This will remove the Calcium, Magnesium and impurity’s from the water. This is a cheaper option than getting a water system for the whole home.
DIY METHODS YOU COULD TRY TO REMOVE OR REDUCE HARD WATER
- A vinegar rinse is a traditional method thought to give your hair more bounce and body to limp hair. It is recommended that you rinse off after use. This seems to slightly defeat the point as you do a final rinse in hard water , this would still/could leave a film on your hair. Also the pH levels would be different for each person depending on how much vinegar to water you use as a rinse.
- Bottled spring water is another option but could be an expensive one particularly if you have very long hair.
- Using a swimmers shampoo or clarifying shampoo could be worth a go before you invest in a shower or water filter. The only downside is that using these shampoos regularly can be a little drying.