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Conditions That Exist With Asperger’s or Autism

Conditions That Exist With Asperger's or Autism

In this article we will know about the conditions or symptoms that may exist with Asperger’s or Autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Comorbidity is when a condition exists with a primary condition. Many children with autism or Asperger’s have other conditions that may or may not require an evaluation and/or treatment. As a parent of a child with autism, it is difficult enough to accept one disorder but to have an additional disorder can be heartbreaking; however, these other disorders should not be overlooked. As with autism or Asperger’s, applying interventions can help that child to grow up to be a functioning adult.

What are some of those conditions that exist with autism or Asperger’s?

ADHD

“There are three sub-types of ADHD – ADHD: predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type, ADHD: predominantly inattentive type (sometimes called ADD) and ADHD: combined type (displays symptoms of both of the previous types).” (Robinson, 2004) Although not diagnosed, my son, I believe, has ADHD, inattentive type. This is characterized by symptoms of forgetfulness, inattentiveness, daydreaming and distractibility.

ADHD – Hyperactive/Impulsive Type is more excessive. These children are often fidgety, impulsive, and hyperactive. They often break the rules at home and at school. ADHD combined is having both types.

Tourette’s Syndrome

Those with Tourette’s may have peculiar movements, make sounds and/or have unusual facial expressions. All of these are referred to as tics and can be involuntary and uncontrollable. Tics can appear as excessive eye blinking, flinching, jerking, snorting or grunting. When a person is tired or feels stressed, these tics seem to increase. When a person is relaxed, the tic movements decrease. (Office of Scientific and Health Reports, 1995).

Tics may disappear, causing one to no longer think he or she has it. They may reappear at a later time and new tics may emerge.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, OCD, is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and/or repetitive behaviors (compulsions).” Obsessive Compulsive Disorder shares similar characteristics of autism or Aspergers in that the two disorders have repetitive behaviors or obsessive ideas called fixations. An example would be repeatedly washing your hands in fear of catching germs. In the case of my son, repeatedly making erasures on paper even when work appears to be neat.

Psychological disorders in children almost never occurs in isolation. To find out if your child has another existing condition, a psychological and behavioral assessment can be conducted.

Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Living a Heart Healthy Lifestyle

Everyone knows at least one person who suffers from some form of heart disease. Coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and high cholesterol are all too common. Being overweight or obese significantly increases the risk of developing heart disease. With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, it is important for you to know the facts and what you can do to lower your risk, click here.

You are What You Eat

You are What You Eat

If you eat fattening foods with high sugar and high sodium content, you will likely develop heart disease. Over time, these types of food cause bad cholesterol to build up along the artery walls, resulting in high blood pressure. Since high blood pressure can damage blood vessels, this increases the amount of bad cholesterol build up on the artery walls. This build up will continue unless you do something about it.

You can slow cholesterol build up and lower your risk of heart disease by incorporating some tried and true changes to your diet. Start by taking the basic advice you read from any medical or health publication. Increase consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These foods are highly nutritious and low in calories. Also, increasing these foods will increase the amount of fiber in your diet. Increased fiber helps lower cholesterol and can make you feel full for a longer period of time.

Monitor the animal products you eat. To reduce your risk of heart disease, replace fatty meat with lean meat and poultry. Be sure to remove the skin and trim any remaining fat. Replace whole dairy products with their low fat versions. Increase the consumption of fish that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, trout, and herring. Omega-3 fatty acids help increase high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and reduce low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels in the blood. The American Heart Association recommends consuming two servings per week.

For a heart healthy diet, reduce your consumption of saturated fat. Aim to increase polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat. When cooking, avoid hydrogenated vegetable oil. This type of cooking oil contains trans fat, which also is contributed to heart disease. Healthy cooking oils include canola and olive oils.

An overlooked factor which increases the risk of developing heart disease is portion size. Portion size has been reintroduced to the weight loss world in an effort to combat the battle of the bulge. Americans tend to over eat due to the collection of over sized portions that have become the standard meal. A triple whopper, large fries, and large soda are, individually, more than one portion size. When preparing food, read the nutrition label to find the portion size. For a great and simple guide to measuring portions sizes for different foods, visit www.mealsmatter.org.

A Sedentary Life will Kill You Faster

Your habits and activity deeply affects your cardiovascular health. Heart disease has been linked to an inactive lifestyle. In order to maintain a heart healthy lifestyle, you must exercise and find ways to be active. Here are a few tips.

The American Heart Association suggests that you should participate in vigorous activities 20 minutes, 3 times per week. Vigorous activities include jogging, running, bicycling, and swimming. If you do not like the vigorous activity route, then you can do moderate physical activities 30 minutes, 5 days per week. Moderate physical activities include brisk walking and other activities of that level.

Many people do not realize how much the little things (activities) in life can make the difference between a healthy cardiovascular system and a failing heart. Simple activities such as playing with your kids, walking from a farther parking spot, and walking to the corner store increase your heart rate. Raking leaves and shoveling snow are great ways to increase your heart rate. If your job involves sitting for most of the day, make it a point to walk during your breaks and lunch hour.

Making heart healthy changes

Making heart healthy changes, whether you decide to make them all at once or gradually, will not only help you live longer, but will improve your quality of life. Unfortunately, heart disease takes the lives of tens of millions of people each year. What is more unfortunate is that heart disease is one of the most preventable diseases we know. Make the decision to modify your lifestyle for a healthy heart.

Acupuncture and its uses – Alternative Medicine for More than Just Pain Relief

Acupuncture and its uses - Alternative Medicine for More than Just Pain Relief

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese Medicine [TCM] which has been practised in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years.
Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. It involves inserting fine needles into points of the body then leaving them or stimulating them intermittently for around 20 to 30 minutes to treat symptoms, Learn more here.

How does it work?

The traditional Chinese view is that there is an energy flowing through our bodies which is called Qi. The energy flows through channels but it can be blocked so producing a build up of energy in one area and related symptoms. This blockage can be due to injury, disease, anxiety or infection. The use of acupuncture to stimulate at the relevant points frees this stagnation of energy and eliminates the symptoms.

How does it work

Now for someone brought up in the western world and learning about the body from a medical point of view this whole energy thing was a little alien to me. Especially being a physiotherapist, you give physical therapies to help patients, mobilise joints, exercise muscles that all seems pretty logical. This acupuncture thing seemed a little strange yet I had seen it work for so many patients.

Well the western world now acknowledges the benefits of acupuncture but they explain its effects in a slightly different way. They believe that the needles work by stimulating the nerves in skin and muscle so increases the body’s release of natural painkillers – endorphins and serotonin. This changes the way pain signals are received and interpreted by the brain. Working in a very similar way to a TENS machine which many people will be familiar with as it is used quite commonly with backpain and in childbirth.

Although we don’t understand all the reasons why acupuncture works it certainly does seem to have an effect on the body. Furthermore you don’t have to believe in it for it to work on you!

Can Anyone Use it?

No. There are some people that should not use acupuncture or should only use it under certain precautions. Firstly pregnant women, some of the points especially those on the legs should not be used in pregnancy. There is however a point on the little toe which is said to be able to turn breech babies, I have a friend who claims to have had success with several pregnant women, however it is hard to prove if the acupuncture treatment did it or whether the baby would have turned anyway!

Also if you are on anti-coagulant drugs (these are drugs which thin your blood to stop clotting) this can be a problem as although needling doesn’t usually produce blood the acupuncturist needs to be aware of this potential problem.

broken skin or infection

If you have any sores, broken skin or infection over the site to be treated then the acupuncture is not appropriate. If you have a metal allergy then acupuncture needles cannot be used. Needles should not be inserted into any lumps or moles. A qualified acupuncturist will ask you questions about these things before starting treatment and will advise you on what is the best treatment option.

Grow a Moustache to Raise Prostate Cancer Awareness for Movember

Grow a Moustache to Raise Prostate Cancer Awareness for Movember

Beginning as a small group of charity workers who came up with the idea of growing a moustache during the month of November in order to raise funds and awareness for the RSPCA, Movember is now an international yearly phenomenon encouring men from all walks of life to grow a moustache in order to support their charity of choice, get more info. The Movember Foundation raises funds for men’s health issues, of primarcy concern being male depression and research and treatment for prostate cancer.

The Movember Foundation, Raising Awareness of Men’s Health Issues

The Movember Foundation, Raising Awareness of Men's Health Issues

The Movember Foundation officially oversees the grass-roots movement, which is currently active in six nations – Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States, Ireland, and the UK. Growth over the past few years has swelled, perhaps due to the rise in popularity of social networking or perhaps due to the tenacity and beautiful moustaches sported by Mo Bro’s.

Mo Bros and their counterparts, Mo Sistas, are volunteers for the cause. Mo Bros grow moustaches in the month of November in order to show solidarity as well as to encourage questions that can lead to an increased awareness of the Movember event through word of mouth. Mo Sistas are supporters of the men in their lives and support them in fundraising as well as in promoting the event itself.

It is important to remember that men’s health issues are often overlooked in contemporary society. The facts speak for themselves – Men lead women in the fifteen leading causes of death; men die, on average, eight years earlier than women; men are more likely to suffer from chronic illness, and men are much more likely to die from cancer. Funds raised for Movember in Canada directly benefit Prostate Cancer Canada.

Grow a Moustache in November to Support Men’s Health Research Worldwide

So what can you do to help? Join in with the fun during Movember, of course. All it takes to become a Mo Bro is a clean-shaven face on October 31st – tie it in somehow with your halloween costume – and the willingness to grow a moustache of any size, shape, or colour during the next month. Registration takes place on the Official Movember Foundation website – a portal from which you can set up a profile and allow donations to take place in order to sponsor your lustrous new ‘stache.

Grow a Moustache in November to Support Men's Health Research Worldwide

Taking the effort – or in this case, non-effort – to let a moustache grow wild and free (or trimmed and neat) is an innovative way to bring attention to an often overlooked health problem. Men tend to feel the pressure to stay reserved, stoic, and fearless in the face of stress and the obstacles that life throws at us – for one month at least, we should let it all hang out and grow a magnificent moustache in the name of a great cause.

Movember: Grow a Moustache in Aid of Prostate Cancer Research

Grow a Moustache in Aid of Prostate Cancer Research

Here’s a simple question – what do moustaches and prostate cancer have in common? The most obvious answer is that only men get prostate cancer and (usually) only men grow moustaches. And, there are interesting statistics behind that statement – the number of moustaches is reducing and today there is a one in three chance that the average American man will have a moustache; the number of cases of prostate cancer is increasing and today there is a one in six chance that the average American man will get prostate cancer meaning that there are around 2 million American men living with prostate cancer today. In fact, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer for men.

However, there are those that want to buck both those trends. And that’s where every man able to grow facial hair comes in, as well as every one who knows a man able to grow facial hair. And the name of this cause is Movember, which kicks off on November 1, 2010.

What is Movember?

What is Movember

Movember is the month formerly know as November or, more precisely, it’s a yearly challenge during November (obviously) for men around the world to: raise awareness of prostate cancer; raise funds for research into prostate cancer; and – to grow a mo.

It actually set off as an idea in 2003 after a few beers (and where else do brilliant ideas come from?) in Melbourne and so in 2004 November ended with 432 No Bros (those gentlemen sporting ‘staches for November) having raised $55,000. By 2009 there were 255,755 participants who raised a grand total of £26 million!

Getting Involved in Movember

Both men (Mo Bros) and women (Mo Sistas) can support Movember in a number of ways. They may become Movember team leaders and create a team in their work place or amongst their friends; fund raise in support of Movember; encourage others to join Movember; and, of course, grow a moustache (although, understandably, that may be more difficult for some of the Mo Sistas), view source.

Finally, if none of that is possible, simply support the charity by making a donation to a Mo Bro, a Mo Sista or directly to the charity itself.

What are the Rules?

What are the Rules

The rules are quite simple: start November clean-shaven; register with Movember; start growing that Mo (which, fortunately, comes quite naturally to around half of the worlds population). A Mo Bro does not even have to worry about collecting donations – all of that is done one line via the Movember web site. All the Mo Bro needs to do is to concentrate on growing that moustache with the knowledge that he’s doing it both for himself and all men around the world

Bakers Invents Heated Knife to Perfectly Spread Cold Butter on Toast

Bakers Invents Heated Knife

It’s one of those little annoyances that virtually everyone experiences at one time or another, getting butter just out of the fridge to spread on a piece of bread or toast. Some take the time to heat the butter a little bit in the microwave, or near a stove burner, but most just grit their teeth and try to make the best of things.

Now however, it appears those days might just be over as a group of baking engineers from bakery company Warburtens, has invented what they call the perfect knife for spreading butter on bread; the Toastie Knife, they’re calling it and Mail Online couldn’t be happier, describing it as the answer to the prayers of millions of Britons the world over. Slash Gear is a little more subdued but is equally impressed as clearly the need for well spread butter crosses every international border.

bakery company Warburtens

Online explains that it took till now for someone to come up with the right butter knife because until recently, the technology simply didn’t exist. What’s changed is the minituration of electronics, specifically the kind needed to not just heat the knife blade to the perfect temperature (41.8C/107.24F) but to hold it there and to indicate to the user when it’s was ready to go, know more.

The result is a normal looking butter knife with a single red LED on top to indicate when the knife has heated and a small button that kicks things off. Once pressed a signal is sent to tiny microprocessor that then sends a signal to the heating element with is spread throughout the knife blade, ensuring a uniform heat. Once the right temperature is reached, the LED goes on and the heating element goes into steady mode, using a very tiny thermostat to keep the knife at the proper temperature as it’s used to first cut the butter slice, and then to slather it across the bread, toast, muffin or bagel.

designing the knife

Slash Gear notes that more work went into designing the knife that might be expected when just looking at it. For example the engineers tested hundreds of metals to find the perfect combination of washability, endurance and heat spread. Also, many tests were conducted to ensure the knife had a good feel in the hand, and of course to find that perfect temperature which would ensure enough melt to carve and spread, but not so much to liquidize the butter. In short, they say, the Toastie Knife is a true innovation that butter and bread eaters will likely be enjoying centuries from now.

10 Science Fiction Technologies Science Hasn’t Caught Up With

Science fiction and technology have certainly improved our lives but our imagination still looms larger than life. Here are 10 concepts that science has not yet implemented that would revolutionize our existence.

Fusion Power

Forget carbon based fuels, No need to build windmills across wide expanses of our countryside. No nuclear waste to dispose of. The fuel, hydrogen, is cheap and plentiful. It’s closer than you think, The National Ignition Facility in California is set to try the first energy positive fusion reaction in 2010. Ground has been broken on Project Iter, a prototype fusion plant, in France slated for 2016 completion.

Science Fiction

Bionics

Remember the 8 Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman? They had bionic ears and eyes. We could end blindness and deafness. Implanted servo motors could end quadriplegia. Bionic implants could have no end of everyday and medical uses.

Teleportation

Here’s a fun one. Think of all the time we spend traveling! No more traffic jams to contend with going to work. No terrorist blowing planes out of the sky. Instant transport of supplies to disaster areas. Of course something would have too be done about in-laws dropping in unexpectedly…..

Personal Force Fields

The ultimate safety device. No more injuries in car accidents. Muggings a thing of the past. No more mass killings by crazed shooters. An item that would be much in demand.

Bioengineering

We do some of this now making hybrid seeds and such. But we could do so much more! What if we genetically engineered people with gills, for example? There would be no more drowning accidents and we could even cultivate food sources and build colonies cheaply underwater.

X-Ray Glasses

From the come on ads in old comic books. This would be of great aid to the medical industry and undoubtedly have security and commercial uses. Guys, get that lecherous grin off your face.

Replicators

Remember these from Star Trek? No one ever cooked. You just pressed a few buttons and the computer replicated your desired food. Full nutritional control as well.

Tissue Regeneration

Any number of science fiction books have had devices and treatments that allow organs and even whole severed limbs to be regrown, Stem cell research is a step along the way.

Neural Computer Implants

Some work has been done on this: allowing paralyzed people to communicate by computer, for example. But what if you could wire yourself to your computer or iPad? No keyboards, no touch screens and instantaneous execution of your commands. Who would be assimilated?

Time Travel

My favorite dream. Scientists could go back in time and bring back, say, a breeding pair of dodo birds. Historians could watch the great events in history directly. I could find out who wins the fifth at Aqueduct and go back in time and make a really sweet bet.

How to Identify a Valuable Case Knife

How to Identify a Valuable Case Knife

You might have seen it languishing in one of the glass cases as your wife drags you through yet another dreary, stuffy antique store, or it might have called out to you from a table at an estate sale: a Case pocket knife that looks a good bit older than the one in your pocket. Is the price fair? Identifying a valuable Case knife, for many knife collectors, is a full-time occupation. There are so many factors involved in determining the value of a Case knife, including its age, composition of the blade and handle, and its condition, that it can be a daunting task to really get a fair value for that antique-store knife.

Do you like it?

Do you like it

The most important question in any collecting hobby is the question of whether or not you actually like the item you’re about to purchase. It can become tiresome when collecting to constantly be putting a monetary value on everything. While that will make the collection easier to sell if you ever need to, the truest form of collection on any subject matter, but in particular in collecting Case knives, is to actually enjoy your collection. Case knives have been around for well over a hundred years now, and they’ve made several thousand different types of knife, all of them in different handle variations, with different tang stampings and different badging in the handle. All this adds up to an almost complete impossibility to acquire one of each type of Case knife ever made. This leads in to the question of what particular type of Case knife or variety of Case knife do you like? Center your knife collection around this, and it won’t be quite so daunting (or expensive) of a task to put together a significant Case knife collection. This also allows you the freedom to walk into those antique stores, properly value a Case knife, and even put your own personal valuation on it. Is it one that you need for your collection? If not, is it one that you would like to add to your collection anyway? If you don’t need the knife, it’s expensive, and you don’t particularly like it, then why would you get it?

Important determinations to make when valuing Case knives

Important determinations to make when valuing Case knives

Two of the most important things to keep in mind when determining the value of a Case knife you are considering purchasing are: Is the knife in new or used condition, and has the knife been sharpened? Some overzealous collectors might not realize that sharpening a collectible Case knife can seriously diminish its value, as can carrying the knife. While it might make for an interesting conversation piece, a knife which has the scratches and dings on it which are indicative of having been used can reduce the piece’s value as much as 50%-75% over the value of a mint, never used Case knife, find more info.

So, you’re still looking at that Case knife with the $35 price tag in the antique store, and wondering if it’s worth it? Well, have a look. Let’s say for instance that this is a 1980 Case large trapper with a yellow handle. The stamping number on these knives is #3254. You know that the new value of these knives ranges between $70-$90, and earlier examples can be priced in new condition from nearly $250. This knife, however, is obviously not new. While it has not been sharpened, it has a small crack on the handle, and one of the blades shows signs of use- tiny pits in the surface of the metal indicative of light use and common on knives more than 20 years old. As you know, a used knife depreciates value by about 50% Split the difference between 250 and 70, and you’re left with $160. The crack on the handle is a serious imperfection, even on a used knife, so knock another 75% from that, and you’re left with $40. The price, then, for that particular Case knife, is not entirely unreasonable for its condition, but you might want to try to knock the price down a bit further. Around $27 would be a good deal. Considering that, if you still like the knife, and don’t mind the crack, it’s still less expensive than a new Case knife of the same type, and it’s got some history behind it. For the cost, it’s worth it even if you decide to carry it yourself rather than mount it on the wall.

As with any collection, collecting Case knives is a hobby which can very easily get out of control. Knowing how to properly value Case knives can help you to build a better collection which will have considerable residual value in the future. Just remember to always buy the Case knife that you like before buying one that’s expensive just because it’s a collector piece.

Huge Turnout at the Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show

Huge Turnout at the Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show

The Indy 1500 Gun and Knife Show is held five times a year at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, click over here. A typical Gun Show, it features both modern and antique firearms and edged weapons for sale. In addition, all sorts of related accessories, including military surplus, tactical gear, optics, and just about anything related to firearms can be found at the hundreds of table displays. The most recent Indy 1500 Gun Show was the weekend of January 9th, 10th and 11th. The cost of admission was $10, up $1 from last spring’s show. This increased fee was but a portent of what would be found inside the show itself.

My son and I arrived on Saturday right after noon. The parking lots were very close to full, and for the first time I had ever seen there was a line about 100 yards long waiting to enter. I had heard some friends previously discussing and cussing the rumors that the new Obama administration would soon endorse not only more restrictive gun control, but also push for an extremely high % of “user” taxes on both firearms and ammunition.

restrictive gun control

While the specter of more restrictive gun control has been debated for years, the thought of a new tax structure for firearms and ammunition seemed a real threat, and was taken seriously in discussions. Needless to say, the conversations my son and I overheard went into gory detail about the mayhem that new legislation and taxes could bring to the gun owner’s community in this country. Repeatedly we heard those around us stating that “This may be the last Gun Show” or “You better stock up on ammo now, it’ll cost you triple once Obama gets in” or even “Yea, the liberals are gonna ban anything that holds more than 5 rounds, and forget semi-automatic anything!”. Thus, the stage was set.

Once inside the gun show hall, one might say that pandemonium prevailed. Granted, the extreme size of crowd made it difficult to move about. The aisles between the display tables were barely wide enough to allow customers to stand at tables on both sides, and allow more than two people to pass each other in the center. And of course those families with strollers added to the crowed conditions. Allow me to blame the organizers for not providing more square footage, not the people themselves. Wonder what the Fire Marshall would have said.

Many patrons of the show were not, I might add, in the panic buying mode. Truly fine antique firearms were abundant, and specific niche collectors would have enjoyed the quality of the offered items. However, the activity surrounding the dealers fortunate enough to have AR15 type rifles and carbines can only be described as a feeding frenzy. (These are the semi-automatic version of the standard weapon carried by our military and law enforcement, incorrectly called “assault” rifles by some misinformed people.) We witnessed three sales of these in the time it took to weed our way through the crowd next to one dealer.

There were several others waiting rather impatiently for their chance to purchase. I talked with two other dealers who had sold out of AR’s already. Tactical type shotguns were also in short supply. (For those that know, I only saw one 870, and no 500 or 590’s.) Oh yes, the prices on the “evil black rifles” were at least $400 more than the same weapon at last summer’s show. $20 thirty-round clips were going for $30 and up, when you could find them. Ammunition was also running at least 20% higher than the last time I checked prices, which was sometime within the past six months.

These high prices were in no way a deterrent to those gun show patrons who had made up their minds that price be darned they were going to get that rifle before the new Obama reign took control of our 2nd Amendment rights. No, I did not interview any purchasers. But I heard their comments. Demand dictated price. Can’t blame the dealers. At least this niche segment of the economy seems to be booming instead of busting!

economic evaluation

Perhaps my feeble attempt at economic evaluation is flawed. But I do know that my quick search on the internet revealed only the tag of “Out of Stock” on several dealers’ sites when I looked for AR type firearms. AR type rifles can’t be found available for immediate delivery. Maybe the dealers at gun shows have them all, jacking up the price $300 to $500, and selling them like the proverbial hotcakes. The near panics of some are driving up prices. As the ‘Monk’ TV show theme song says, “I may be wrong now, but I don’t think so”.

How to Clean Hair Brushes and Hair Combs

How to Clean Hair Brushes and Hair Combs

Part of your proper hygiene is hair brushing, so this means that you need to regularly wash your hair brushes and hair combs. This doesn’t have to be a chore. Here’s an easy way to clean your brushes and combs on a weekly basis:

First, clean out all the hair, every single strand, from your brushes and combs. (Discard the excess hair.)

Then fill your bathroom sink with warm water, mixed with some hair shampoo. Make sure that you put the shampoo in the sink while it is still filling with water. You need plenty of lather to get your hair brushes and hair combs clean go here for more.

Clean Hair Brushes

Once the sink is full of lathered-up water, place all your hair brushes and hair combs into the water and let them sit for around 5 or 10 minutes. Soaking your hair brushes and hair combs will loosen the dirt from the brushes’ bristles and comb’s teeth.

After you’ve allowed your hair brushes and hair combs to soak for a bit, begin the cleaning process by using your hair brushes to scrub the dirt out from between the teeth of your hair combs. Scrub diligently and rinse in the lathered water as necessary.

Next, use one hair brush to scrub another hair brush and so on until all your hair brushes and hair combs are clean. Drain the lathered water and rinse your hair brushes and hair combs by placing them underneath the water faucet.

You might want to fill your sink again, this time using a small amount of hair conditioner in with the water. (You might need to stir the conditioner into the water as the sink fills to help distribute the hair conditioner.) This process will help keep your brushes and combs pliable.

Let your brushes and combs soak for a bit in the conditioner water and then remove them and again rinse them by holding them underneath the water faucet. Gently shake the excess water from your hair brushes and hair combs and then lay them on a towel to dry.

Once your hair brushes and hair combs are dry, feel free to use them. Repeat this process weekly to help keep your hair brushes and hair combs the cleanest they can be.

*If you have loose hair left in your sink after it drains, don’t try to rinse it down the drain. Hair buildup will only create a clogged-up sink. Take a piece of toilet tissue and wipe the loose hair up and toss it into the trash.

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