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Hair Loss and Thinning Hair Treatments and Solutions Workshop

Come and join us fo a conversation about hairloss and thinning hair and what solutions are available.

Venue: Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions & Hair-loss Specialist Salon

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Date; 20th October

Time: 4pm – 6.30pm

Fee: £3.00

A recent report on anyone having covid suggested that 70% was experiencing hairloss.

We recognise that hair loss can be very upsetting and cause a lack of confidence, affecting your overall self-esteem. We also know that finding the right solution can be confusing, sometimes disappointing and at a time when you are most vunerable.

We are able to offer expert advice and guidance to all of our Alopecia, Chemotherapy & Hair Loss condition and help you understand the various treatments and solutions available.

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Top Dudley Salon Become Finalists in 5 Categories at the Salon Awards 2021

A local Dudley salon owner has been nominated for the third year running as a finalist in not one or two but five categories. Dudley is going through a major investment makeover and retailers are feeling the buzz coming back to Dudley.

Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions & Hairloss Specialist Salons were overall winners in two categories for the 2020 most coveted prizes. 1. Best hair Extension Salon West Midlands and 2. Best creative image.

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Now Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions and Hairloss Specialist Salon West Midlands has been announced as finalist in five categories for the Salon Awards  2021.

Best Salon
Best Customer Experience
Best Salon for Hair Extensions
Best Refurbished Salon
Best creative Image

The salon which is renowned locally, now awaits the awards ceremony in November 2021, to see if they have been crowned the overall category winner.

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Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions and Hairloss Specialist Salon impressed the judge’s thanks to its commitment to meeting customer needs, making their mark as an established business locally, providing an exceptional range of hair extensions and disguising hairloss techniques to clients and for their exception salon design and interiors.

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Commenting on the result, Diane the owner said; “To be named as a finalist in not just one but five categories for the third year highlights how hardworking and commitment can pay off. With hundreds of entries for each category and a panel of judges that excel at looking for the finer details, just to make the shortlist is an outstanding achievement. What also makes it more important is the fact that we have also had to deal with a pandemic and closure.”

The Salon Awards celebrate and acknowledge the success of the most creative, dynamic and innovative hair salons, hairdressers and barbers across the country through county awards events.

As a hair industry professional, these businesses are part one of the most exciting business sectors, and this is an opportunity to be recognised professionally for the great work that they do in there home county.

To find out more about their services  products and what they won visit:

http://www.needahairmakeover.co
http://www.needahairmakeoverfranchise.co.uk
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How to Create Trackable Social Media Links For Your Business by Diane Shawe

We can all agree tht social media plays an important part in sharing your message, services or products. But how do you start tracking what you have posted and how can it help your business, product or brand. I was researching this and have the following this to share with you.

It is important to set up a social media strategy to align with your business goals, and pulled together either paid or free social monitoring services, you’ve got one more habit to get into: tracking. From one fellow community manager to another, you know how important it is to know how one tweet performed versus another, or if one blog post rocked on one social network over another. This can only happen by having the right tracking in place.

Why Use Trackable Sharing Buttons

Not all sharing buttons are created equal, which is why you should pick sharing buttons that will give you a good signal of what’s going on in your site. You may see some insight in your analytics that tell you people visited your site, and some of them were from social. But to really know how and where your community is sharing your content, your sharing buttons should tell you.

How To Create Your Own Share Links

1) Go to http://www.sharelinkgenerator.com/.

2) Choose the social network you want people to share your content on.

3) Fill in the blanks.

4) Download a social button icon.

5) Make the icons clickable using your share link.

By using the right sharing buttons to help you see which social network is most popular among your audience, you’re going to understand your community better. Who knows? There may be a strong niche community reading your content in a social network you’re not actively engaging. These are a community manager’s dream gems to find!

Why Use Trackable Follow Buttons

Do you know, off the top of your head, how many social followers your site got for you this week? If your follow buttons were trackable, you’d be able to get this number without much digging in your analytics. And wouldn’t it rock to be able to tell your teammates you know that most of your Instagram followers came from your site? (This happened to us, actually!) As a community manager, this is the type of understanding that’ll open your eyes into exactly how your audience is engaging with your content. Discover which social networks your audience is most engaged with, and how your site is helping you drive engagement off your domain with trackable follow buttons.

Why Us Trackable Chatbots

Don’t lift a finger and still deal with your enquiries 24/7

The next big thing to hit SME’s is Chatbots Using Artificial Intelegence.
The number 1 complaint about launching and running a online business or attracting responses to a posting is generating enough enquiries to make a sale or even responding to all the enquiries within 24 hours.!

Chatbots can assist you and there is “No Need To Lift a Finger Because some of the Proven System Will Do The Work And Get You More Leads!”
The data coming out now is that more and more people are moving to online communications and shows that you need to start leveraging Chatbots to streamline customer communications, problem solving and sales.
Individuals are using messaging Chatbots for many different reasons. However, the key things your customers want from any communication is quick response, help with there enquiry, ability to make appointments or make a purchase or have a problem attended to quickly.

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Why Use Trackable URLs

You can automatically generate unique hashes appended to all of your site’s pages to help you generate unique links that you can then use to push to social. Address bar sharing adds a unique set of characters to the very end of your URL that will make that URL unique. (And don’t worry, this will not negatively affect your SEO.)

The reason you’ll want to do this is if you’re trying to monitor how the same content performs on different social networks, and which messaging performed best on the same topic.

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending so much time creating awesome content, and having tons of Tweets, tiktok and instagram out there to drive traffic to your pages, and then not being able to tell which phrasing or timing actually worked best.

Go beyond the pageviews and visits by making all your site’s URLs generate uniquely. You’ll then even be able to catch where a big segment of your traffic came from.

How to embed a tweet using the Twitter website

Open Twitter in a web browser, log in if necessary, and find the tweet you want to embed.

Click the three dots at the top right of the tweet.

In the dropdown menu, choose “Embed Tweet.”

The Twitter Publish page should appear. …

When you’re done, click “Update.”

How to embed a tweet on a website using Twitter’s embed tool

Why Use Analytics

Tying all of that data together into an easy-to-read dashboard is usually the hardest part of a community manager’s job, but lucky for you, AddThis’ dashboard pulls all of this information for you in one place.

The dashboard lays out in crisp and clear graphics how all of your audience members engaged with your site, which tools they used to engage, and which content they liked the most.

Know exactly which social network is growing the most from your site, and which is being shared to the most. Know all this by just scanning your dashboard (without drowning in search queries and exported spreadsheets).

Is Duplicating a Specialist Hair Salon Franchise a Genuine Opportunity?

HAIR & BEAUTY FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES

Did you know that Sales of beauty products in Britain have outstripped France and now exceed £4 billion. And the British love of luxury and everyday hair and beauty including personal care products shows no signs of receding. Meanwhile, the industry is quick to innovate, including forthcoming hair, hair extensions and personal care product ranges covering “active beauty” and “active hair” tied into the huge health and well-being market, the rise of synthetic heat tollerant hair that feels and looks like real hair, temperature and water-activated products, water repellant and high gloss hair products and even personalised beauty regimes linked to DNA analysis.

Hair & Beauty Franchise Ideas

Having the backing of a franchiser in the hair and beauty industry can be vital, as you are guaranteed well-known and trusted procedures, products, and you can tap into a wealth of business and product support, plus training and marketing services.

Thanks to the power of the internet, opening your own salon is no longer a lonely standalone task. A new breed of entrepreneurs has risen up and is taking the Hair & beauty industry by storm. They supply a growing range of specialist services and products often promoted via social media and video blogs.

There is also a thriving marketplace for, specialists who are looking to set up their own Hair Extensions & Hairloss business.

You’ll find a massive opportunity  at Need A Hair Makeover Franchise!

A fantastic opportunity

For many people in Britain and throughout Europe, hair loss, thin hair and damaged hair is a major problem. You can help them to get all the help that they need for a full-on hair makeover with the simplest of solutions.

With the help of our franchise set-up, you can:

* Duplicate a real, genuine business  that allows you to help others.

* Set up a business that consistently provides an impressive return on investment.

* Put together a business that helps you assist real people with genuine needs.

* Develop a meaningful career path for yourself that has rewards for years to come.

* Impressive returns on your investment

From ordinary hair to Specialist Hair Services

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Checkout our their Franchise Opportunity which includes Business Plan, Raising Finance, Training and launching your businness with full support.

Find out if you could secure your area today. Request a brochure or Click to have a chat http://bit.ly/3jYM20b

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50 Online Local Business Directories to list your Franchise or Business

Even Google Promotes itself!

Promoting a local business opportunity isn’t easy these days.

Whether it’s because of oversaturation or complicated search engine algorithms, it’s all too easy to feel like no one will find your business in the local or national search results.

Luckily, there’s an easy way to improve your local SEO. All you have to do is list your business in online business directories such as Yellow Pages, Manta, and more. This is called building citations, and it’s a critical piece of a local marketing strategy.

What is a business directory?

A business directory is an online list of businesses within a particular niche, location, or category. One way local businesses can get found by online searchers is through inclusion in business directories.

Why you need to get listed in multiple relevant  business directory?

Today, Google is inserting itself between consumer and local business websites much more often. For proof, you need to look no further than Google My Business, Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP), featured snippets, and most importantly, local packs.

By building citations, you can make sure that you appear in these local packs when people look for businesses like yours in their area. Business directories may seem like a thing of the past, but they’re a great way to grow your presence online.

You can improve visibility by listing your local business’ NAP (Name, Address, Phone Number) on directories, online business listing sites, and citation sites. Aside from improving your local SEO, these can also improve your rankings on search engines because the listings usually link back to your site.

Make sure your company listing has the following information once you add it to a directory:

• Consistent NAP. If you add or update your business on multiple business listing sites, make sure you’re providing the same company information across each directory.

• A link to your website. Backlinks — also known as inbound links — are crucial to your company website’s Domain Rating. Consider adding a tracking link at the end of this URL as well, so you can see how much traffic your website specifically gets from the business directories that are linking to it.

• A company description. Make sure you have a detailed description of your business that reflects your organization’s mission, culture, and values.

• Multimedia. Give company searchers a visual taste of your business with a picture or video of your office, your employees, or your daily business operations.

There are plenty of location-specific and industry-specific business listing sites where you can submit your data. To start promoting your local business, however, you should start with the big sites and work your way toward the more niche directories.

First, let’s go over the top free business directories.

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Free Business Listings

• Facebook

• Apple Maps

• Google My Business

• LinkedIn Company Directory

• Bing

• Yelp

• MapQuest

• HubSpot

• Super Pages

• YellowBook.com

• Thumbtack

Online Directories for Local Businesses

• Facebook Pages (Domain Rating = 100)

• Instagram for Business (Domain Rating = 99)

• Google My Business (Domain Rating = 98)

• LinkedIn Company Directory (Domain Rating = 98)

• Apple Maps (Domain Rating = 97)

• Yelp (Domain Rating = 94)

• Bing (Domain Rating = 93)

• HubSpot’s Solutions Directory (Domain Rating = 93)

• Better Business Bureau (Domain Rating = 93)

• MapQuest (Domain Rating = 92)

• Foursquare (Domain Rating = 91)

• Yahoo! Local (Domain Rating = 91)

• Thumbtack (Domain Rating = 90)

• Yellow Pages (Domain Rating = 90)

• Angi, FKA Angie’s List ( Domain Rating = 91)

• Nextdoor (Domain Rating = 87)

• Manta (Domain Rating = 87)

• Merchant Circle (Domain Rating = 85)

• YellowBook.com (Domain Rating = 82)

• Dun & Bradstreet Business Directory (Domain Rating = 80)

• Local.com (Domain Rating = 79)

• Hotfrog (Domain Rating = 79)

• ChamberofCommerce.com (Domain Rating = 79)

• 2FindLocal (Domain Rating = 46)

• EZlocal (Domain Rating = 78)

• Brownbook.net (Domain Rating = 77)

About NAHM

Would you like to own your own Hair Extensions & Hair loss Business? Then you’ll find a massive opportunity here at Need A Hair Makeover & Hair loss Specialist Salon Franchise! You can make a comprehensive difference in someone’ life

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How to Do Butterfly Locs by Diane Shawe

Checkout my 1 minute tutorial on how to do butterfly locs that won’t unravel.

1 minute tutorial on how to install butterfly locs

Butterfly Locs are like the perfect mix of goddess locs and passion twists. The messy, bohemian style is ethereal, low maintenance, and very natural looking. For those of us that want a style that changes over time, doesn’t require much fuss to make it work, and celebrates curls and coils while still protecting our own hair, this style may be for you.

What Type of Hair to Use and How Much

Depending on how long your natural hair is and how long you want your locs to be, you may need two types of hair. If you  want locs that aren’t longer than your own hair, you’ll need need roughly 6-8 packs of some type of water wave or marley hair in 22-28 inches. This hair is curly and bouncy and that’s what will give you the characteristic loops that give Butterfly Locs their name.

Maintenance & refreshing Butterfly Locs

Keeping your style well maintained and your scalp healthy is a very important part to having a protective style. Make sure your hair is washed, deep-conditioned and well moisturised before installing the locs, and you’ll also need to do periodic maintenance with this style.

Keep leavein spray conditioner on hand to keep your scalp  moisturised. Try a non oily brand so you don’t get any flaky buildup in the hair between the fake hair.

Use mousse to keep flyaways at bay and to give your Butterfly Locs a “finished” look.

You may need to re-wrap a few locs here and there, and use some edge control on new growth.

Can you wash Butterfly Locs?

The short answer is yes, you can wash Butterfly Locs, but  most people focus on keeping their scalp clean. There are some really good dry shampoos out in the market place now that are not white powder based.

Try not to keep them in longer than 6 weeks

About us

At Need a Hair makeover hair extensions and hair loss specialist salon we can help make your dreams come true.

Accredited by the Good Salon Guide as a top Hair Extensions Artist, we recognise how important your hair is to you.

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We also work with models, actors, brides, wedding and prom hair group booking. Treat and disguising hair loss caused by medication, health issues or chemical damage.

Our makeovers can also include facials, contouring makeup, nail extensions, hair conditioning and photo.

We also have a private room for those who prefer to be treated exclusively, we take all major debit and credit cards, you can book appointments online

Just give us a call or visit our website http://www.needahairmakeover.co

Get s quote
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Training
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Social Media
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Publications
Diane Shawe Author of ‘Getting Started in the Hair Extensions Business’ and ‘How Hair Extensions are Sourced Treated and Graded’

Accreditation
http://www.goodsalonguide.com/salons/need-a-hair-makeover-hair-extensions-and-hair-loss-specialists

Blog & Podcast

https://www.needahairmakeover.blog
Anchor https://anchor.fm/diane-shawe-podcast

Press Releases
http://www.sbwire.com/press-releases/diane-shawe-celebrity-hair-extensions-specialist-wins-two-prestigious-salon-awards-2020-1340948.htm

Salon Awards winner 2020

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Courses and chatbots
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Top 10 #HairExtensions Makeover 2021 Take a look at a variety of Before and After #Makeovers by @needa_makeover  https://bit.ly/3tlZ4aK

Take a look at one of our recent #hairextensions makeover on short hair https://youtu.be/3v3LIAUsnFM

Look what happened when we had to work on dull, short, damaged hair https://youtu.be/KaWlk3a3F8Y

Top 7 Reasons for #investing in a #HairExtensions and #Hairloss #franchise  by #DianeShawe Would you like to open your own high profile Salon? Talk to us https://bit.ly/374TJLX https://bit.ly/3xdbSn3

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Why Is My Food Getting Mouldy So Quickly? I Could Not Believe What I found Out!

Food does not seem to last long now a days. Why?

Why is my Food Growing Mould?

Article by Diane Shawe

I have been noticing that most of my food is going mouldy quicker, even in the jars!  I was curious to find out why, espcially as this is happening more and more in the fridge as well. I thought the fridge was designed to keep things cool and slow down the detiriation of our food.

I also wanted to know what mould did to the body if injected, my mind started to generate all types of conspiracy theory so I decided to do a little research based on facts.

We all grow up learning mold is gross. But is it just unpleasant, or is it actually dangerous? Isn’t it mould that makes blue cheese blue? And wasn’t penicillin first discovered in moldy bread?

Are we wasting perfectly safe food when we throw it out? Or are we gambling our health when we shrug our shoulders and eat that piece of cheese that had a dusting of white fuzz?

How does mould grow on food?

I found this bit scary because is the air we are breathing so toxic? Is that why we are getting sicker even though we are more health concious? I mean think about it, our lungs are very moist!

So back to the question: Tiny mould spores are carried in the air. When these spores land on food, they take root and grow until they produce patches of mould visible to the naked eye. Once they mature, they produce new spores and release them into the environment and the cycle continues!

What is mold on food?

Mould is a microscopic fungus, and yes—spoilers!—consuming it can be bad for our health. Like its cousin the mushroom, there are thousands of different species.

Some are safe to consume, but many produce poisonous mycotoxins that cause illness and even death. Additionally, some people are allergic to mould and need to steer clear of it. So dealing with mold on food is serious business.

Why does mould grow on food?

Mould requires three things to grow: organic matter, water and oxygen. Food provides the the first two ingredients. Exposed to air, mold has everything it needs to grow.

How long does it take for mould to grow on food?

Many factors affect the rate of growth of mould: the specific type of mould, the food it’s growing on, and the ambient temperature and humidity. Many species of mould like warmer temperatures and mould growing on fruit on your counter may develop in very few days, especially in the warm humid summer months. Other mould growing on food with less water content in the cool of a refrigerator might take several weeks.

How to handle mould on food?

Mould can grow on most types of food, but not all food is the same.

Red Flag Food

Red flag food items should be automatically discarded when mouldy. These items include most food items, particularly soft and moist foods:

  • Luncheon meats, hot dogs, bacon, etc.
  • Cooked leftover meat, poultry and fish
  • Cooked pasta and cooked grains
  • Casseroles
  • Sour cream and yoghurt
  • Soft fruits such as tomatoes, berries, cucumbers, etc.

Some other drier, harder foods fall into this category as well:

  • Nuts and legumes
  • Bread, baked goods and other highly porous items

In general, softer food with more moisture content is more prone to moulding, and can’t be safely salvaged. In addition to the mould itself, soft moist food can provide an ideal environment for dangerous bacteria to grow. For these foods, it’s important not to assume the problem is limited to the mould you see.

Throw away the mouldy food, and carefully inspect other nearby food, especially food in the same package. Do not sniff mouldy food: spores might get into your respiratory system. Wrap the spoiled items in plastic to contain the spores, and discard.

To eat or not to eat?

Moulds can grow in the fridge and will even survive freezing. They can also survive in salty, sugary and acidic environments. This is scary!

As mould on our food is so hard to avoid, here are some general guidelines from the most Food Safety and Inspection Service on responding to the problem:

Discard all of these foods if mouldy:

  • Luncheon meat, bacon, and hot dogs.
  • Yoghurt, sour cream and soft cheese.
  • Soft fruits and vegetables
  • Bread and baked goods.
  • Peanut butter, nuts and legumes.
  • Jams and jellies – but note Dr Hocking has a slightly different view for Australian jams.

These foods can be saved from mould:

  • Hard salami (the dry, aged type) – scrub mould from the surface.
  • Hard cheese – cut off at least 2.5 centimetres around and below the mould. Don’t let the knife touch the mould and recover the cheese with fresh wrap.
  • Firm fruit and veg – small mould spots can be cut off.

Cheeses made with mould

  • Blue cheese
  • Roquefort
  • Gorgonzola
  • Stilton
  • Brie
  • Camembert

The mould used in making these cheeses is safe for consumption. However, if other mold that is not part of the manufacturing process is present, these items should be discarded just like any other red flag food item. Some blue cheeses may be hard enough to be treated as a Yellow Flag item (see below for care). However, if you are unsure where to draw the line, remember: when in doubt, throw it out.

Note that while the mould that forms the blue veins inside blue cheeses is harmless when deprived of oxygen inside the cheese, the same strain of mold can form harmful mycotoxins if allowed to grow on surfaces exposed to air. Be careful of cross-contamination with these cheeses and keep them wrapped in cellophane while storing them.

Yellow Flag Food

Other foods, particularly harder and drier foods, can sometimes be kept once the mold is carefully removed. These include:

  • Hard cheese
  • Firm fruits and vegetables (cabbage, carrots, bell pepers, etc.)
  • Hard salami and dry-cured ham

If you’re going to cut away mould rather than discard the item, it’s important to remember that there is more mould present than what you can see. Below the surface, mould will have penetrated up to 2cm or more. For these food items, mould can be cut away but you should cut at least 2.5cm (1 inch) outside of and underneath any visible surface mould. Be careful to keep the knife clear of the mould to avoid contaminating the rest of the food as you cut.

Note that surface mould is a normal occurrence on certain hard salamis. In this case, scrubbing the mould off the surface is sufficient. Again, it never hurts to be cautious. When in doubt, throw it out.

Different types of food mould

Black mold on food

I did not like this bit, but if you are going to understand something, you can’t disguard the ugly sides. Well here goes.. Various strains of mould can have a black appearance. Homeowners know to watch out for black toxic moldStachybotrys chartarum, commonly found in attics.

However there are many non-toxic strains of black mould as well, including Rhizopus stolonifera, also known as black bread mould. You may encounter black mould on the rubber seals of your refrigerator or on food. While this doesn’t prove you have black toxic mould in your house, you are best to assume it may be harmful and discard the food item in question, meticulously scrub clean the refrigerator, and look for signs of black mould in your house.

Pink mould on food

Pink mouldy formations on food may not be mould at all, but rather bacteria growing. Aureobasidium and Fusarium are also two common fungi that grow with a pinkish colour.

Pink mould is most often seen on bread, dairy products and meat. Dangers of pink mold include infection of the respiratory, gastro-intestinal or urinary tracts.

White mould on food

White mould is seen on a variety of foods, from the white mould purposefully grown on the outside of certain cheeses, to fluffy white mold appearing on berries and other fruit.

Many strains of mould can appear white, and to complicate matters many coloured strains of mould may go through a phase where they appear white before developing the spores that give them their colour. Unless white mould is a purposeful part of a food’s production (e.g. brie and camembert cheese), assume it is toxic and handle affected food accordingly.

Green mould on food

Green mould is commonly found on citrus fruit and bread. Cladosporium is one particularly common species of green mould.

It can have a potent smell and be particularly irritating, particularly for people with mould allergies. This can lead to respiratory problems such as wheezing and coughing, as well as vomiting. Clodosporium mold can produce mycotoxins as well, so avoid exposure.

Orange mould on food

A variety of mould can take on an orange colour, including Fuligo septica and Aleuria aurantia. These orange moulds commonly have a slimy texture.

While they may be less dangerous than some other colours of mould, they can still cause respiratory problems, and where orange mould is present, bacteria are also likely to be found.

Furthermore, orange mould is particularly prone to growing on wood. So not only is orange mould a threat to your food, it is a threat to the wood in your house.

Red mould on food

While various strains of mould can be red, red mould on food is most commonly Neurospora. While this type of mould is typically less dangerous than other types of mould, some mycotoxin-producing moulds might appear red in certain conditions, or might be present alongside red mould. It’s therefore wisest to treat red mould on food with the same caution as other mould.

Blue mould on food

Blue mould on bread and the blue mould deliberately cultivated to make blue cheese are strains of the genus Penicillium. And yes, some species of Penicillium (but not all!) produce penicillin. Many species of Penicillium are innocuous, but some are not.

And while the blue mould in blue cheese, deprived of oxygen, is safe for consumption, that same strain of mould can produce mycotoxins when it grows on an outside surface exposed to air. So, eat that blue cheese but treat other blue mould as potentially toxic.

Consumers Select Food Based on Colour at the Supermarket

It is widely accepted that consumers select a food product with their eyes, so products need to look fresh and tasty.

Oxidation is the Enemy

Oxidation, a chain reaction that occurs in the presence of oxygen, is responsible for the deterioration of food products, including off-flavours and off-odours. This process is affected by processing, packaging and storing techniques, as well as product ingredients.

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What are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are molecules that:

  • Significantly delay or prevent oxidation
  • Help maintain fresh appearance and colour
  • Extend shelf life

How Do They Work?

Antioxidants delay the onset of oxidation by donating hydrogen atoms to quench free radicals, forming a stable antioxidant radical that is unable to participate in propagation reactions, slowing down oxidation.

What happens if you eat mould?

what happens if you eat mold
You have to be really careful

Is it dangerous to inhale mould spores from food?

Inhaling mould visible on food is risky and should be avoided. It may cause allergic reactions or problems with the respiratory tract. When mould isn’t visible, sniffing may be a useful way to detect it—e.g. smelling dishcloths. However, once you’ve spotted mould, avoid inhaling.

Can mould on food make you sick?

Mould on food can be harmful in various ways. Some people are allergic to mould and could have a potentially serious reaction. However, even if you don’t have allergies, mould can cause irritation in the respiratory, gastro-intestinal or urinary tracts. And the mycotoxins created by some moulds are poisonous carcinogens that can prove fatal.

What are health symptoms you can get by eating mould on food?

Allergic reactions to mould can include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, coughing, postnasal drip, irritated eyes, nose and throat and dry, scaly skin. Those with asthma may experience coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest.

Those without allergies may still experience respiratory problems such as wheezing, sneezing, tightness in the chest and difficulty breathing. In more severe cases, this can lead to respiratory infection and even hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

A particular concern is ingesting mould that produces mycotoxins. Signs of mycotoxin poisoning include reduced appetite, a general feeling of malaise, acute illness or death in rare cases.

Food mould facts and questions

Which food will mould fastest?

Storage conditions will have a significant effect on how quickly a given food turns mouldy. However, all things being equal, food with a high moisture content will mould first. Thus, in the fridge, fruits such as strawberries or cucumber might get mouldy before other foods. Stored at room temperature, natural bread (with no preservatives) can get mouldy quite quickly.

Is it safe to eat fruits with mould on a peel you discard?

It may be tempting to think that for fruit with a peel, simply removing and discarding the peel may be enough to protect you. In the case of a firm fruit like a pineapple, it can indeed be treated as a “yellow flag” food, carefully cutting away the affected area.

Fruits with a softer peel like oranges or bananas should be treated as “red flag” foods and discarded—underneath the visible mould, it may have penetrated the peel to the flesh of the fruit inside. In the case of an avocado, while the skin is quite tough mold can still get underneath and infect the fruit inside. Play it safe and discard it.

What temperature kills mould spores in food?

Most moulds are killed off by temperatures of 60-70°C (140-160°F). Thus, boiling water is generally enough to kill off mould. Remember, though, that mould doesn’t just grow on the surface: heat will have to penetrate into whatever the mould is growing in to kill it. Also keep in mind that the mycotoxins produced by certain mould can survive intense heat: boiling may kill the mould but leave its poisons still intact.

How to prevent mould on food?

Mold on Food
Putting Items in the fridge is good

Of course, far better than throwing out mouldy food is avoiding having your food get moldy to begin with! Fortunately there are steps you can take to keep your food fresh and mold-free:

  • It takes one mouldy food item to get the whole basket covered in mold! This is very important rule to remember the moment you are at the market. If you are buying nonpacked items, ensure each of them is fresh. If you notice mold on any single piece, simply don’t buy it. Examine each item for bruising, softness, oxidation or signs of mould before you buy it and avoid any items that look overly ripe.
  • On the other hand, when buying pre-packed food you cannot examine every single piece, meaning that mouldy items can go unseen. In that case, ensure you checked the date and chose the one that was most recently packed. Instead of buying processed or pre-packed food, where you often don’t have control of the freshness (the story of wrong dates is not rarely heard), choose local markets and stores you can trust.
  • Once you buy your delicious food, especially fresh fruit and veggies, it is important to keep it covered until you’re ready to eat it to minimize the risk of cross-contamination with bacteria, mold, dust and debris from the environment. Use plastic wrap to cover foods you want to keep for longest, such as fresh fruits, vegetables, salads and cheese.
  • Rinse the contents of canned goods under water and store them in your fridge in tightly sealed plastic or glass containers. Refrigerate leftovers and use them within four days.
  • Consume early to avoid mold. The first step you can take to prevent food going bad is to eat it before mould has time to take hold. Especially for moisture-rich and porous food like fruits and breads, buy in smaller quantities so you can consume it within a just a few days.
  • Keep food cold: the cooler the better. Keep food, especially soft moist food like fruit, in the refrigerator rather than at room temperature. Only take it out while you’re using it—under two hours. To keep food mould-free for longer periods, store it in the freezer rather than the fridge.
  • Use heat to kill mold. High acid foods such as fruits, jams and jellies can be made safe to preserve through heat treatment. A boiling water bath is a common practice to prepare them for a long shelf-life. The amount of time required for a water bath will vary depending on what and how much you’re canning, so be sure to adapt your method to the specific food you’re treating.
  • Keep kitchen tools and surfaces clean. Mould may thrive on food, but it can be found anywhere. The less mould in your kitchen, the less your food will get exposed. Clean your refrigerator and other kitchen surfaces with a mixture of 5ml of baking powder to 1L of water. Watch out for black-coloured mold on your fridge’s rubber seals and scrub carefully to clean it out.
  • Keep your dishcloths, tea towels, sponges, mops and other kitchen tools clean. Give them the sniff test: if they smell musty, they may be harbouring mould. Any item that you can’t get clean and fresh-smelling, discard and replace.

Mould proofing kitchen and cleaning tips

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Since food is stored in the kitchen (most of the times), keeping your kitchen clean and well-aired will also have a big impact on your food’s life. For example, mould will develop anywhere where there is a leak, and if you are storing food close to that it can easily transfer from a corner and attack your favorite otherwise fresh food.

In order to prevent mould on food you will have to work on overall kitchen mould prevention. In most cases it includes either ensuring there is enough fresh air or regular cleaning. Here are a few tips that can help you prevent mold in the kitchen.

  • As said above – mould can grow in the fridge and, thus, it is important to keep the inside of the refrigerator clean. We suggest cleaning it every few months with one tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in a quart of water. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly before storing food again.
  • Ensure your food is still fresh by checking it every day or two. Toss away anything that has a sign of mould or that started rotting away.
  • Replace sponges at least once a week and always use clean dish clothes and towels. If you notice a musty smell coming from a sponge or towel, replace it immediately.
  • Wash the dishes at least once a day. Don’t leave food leftovers in your sink behind you once you are done with the meal. Throw them away immediately. If you are in a rush, keep your dishes under water to prevent food stains from hardening until you can wash them properly.
  • Mould can be found in dishwasher and garbage disposals. It can be the reason behind the odors, thus keeping it clean should be your priority. At least once a week pour baking soda, salt and vinegar (or lemon) own the sink and leave it for 10 minutes. You can add lemon or orange peels and even essential oils to give it a nice smell. After that all you have to do is pour boiled water to wash it up and your disposal and sink will be clean, mould-free and refreshed.
  • Kitchen tools, especially wooden ones should be washed and well dried before set aside, because wood is one of the favourite food for mould. All you have to do is simply wash them after you used them and leave them to dry well somewhere where it is not wet and it has enough fresh air and light. (for example if you are done with cooking and your stove is still warm, you can put it next to it to dry.
  • Don’t forget about unused kitchen appliances. They are often sealed and if not well dried, mould can form due to water evaporation inside. The best way to prevent mold from developing inside is to ensure it is well dried before storing and, if there is a possibility, keep it open.
  • And last but not least, make sure that the relative humidity in your home is between 30% and 50%, especially in the warmer months, when mold is known to flourish. The easiest thing you can do to control the humidity level is to keep your windows open as often as possible. If that is not possible your next steps should bes either air vents or even a dehumidifier.

Conclusion

As with mould in general, there are many strains of mould that can be found on food. While some are innocuous, many are not. While mould that’s purposefully introduced into certain cheeses can be safe, always treat other mould on food as a dangerous substance. Treat “yellow flag” foods with caution and for “red flag” foods, play it safe and discard it.

And remember, the same concerns about mould allergies and mould toxicity that applies to food mould also applies to other mould in your house. Keep watch for mould in your kitchen and whole house, and if you detect signs of mould, get informed as to the steps needed to eradicate it safely.

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Review On The long awaited sequel Coming 2 America has a Shocking Revelation for the New King (Eddie Murphy) of Zamunda

Well we all found out at the same time that he has a Son living in Queens! How and when did that happen?

by Diane Shawe M.Ed

We all loved the original story line in Coming to America when a young Prince from Zumunda Africa crossed the seas to Queens USA to find his true Love, Wife and future Queen.

It was lovely to see most of the original characters like James Earl Jones the King and new ones like Wesley Snipes as General Izzi, funny, intimidating with an over done swagger, Morgan Freeman, En Vogue to Gladys Knight.

Almost distinct to the sequel Coming 2 America we were able to see a lot more of Zamunda, the richness of the costumes, ornate jewellery and the mixed media of metals, shells, furs and silk unconventional placed throughout the movie. Even the royal announcer was back with his strained singing and you could almost smell the rose petals.

The film had a very distinct feel to the original unique masterpieces the back story plot worked almost effortlessly in todays timeline with a flashback clearing up the mystery of this Prince.

The Sequel movie had lots of mixed reviews, this is natural as viewers had 30 years to totally fall in love with the love story a bit like ‘Pretty Women’, no one wants to see a sequel to the Happy Ever After fairy-tale. It’s hard not to compare the two after a 30 years gap!

If you want to take a trip down memory lane, laughter with a bit of ‘tongue and cheek’ script then grab some popcorn, something nice to drink because entertainment is back in town.

The Secret of How Rock Star Advisors can Help Your Business Grow by Diane Shawe


A lot of people refer to them as Influencers today but here’s a little secret that can help you raise your status or even attract funding to help you successfully grow your business, So what’s the secret? find and
leverage mentors and advisors.

You might think this is odd and not doable, but think about it, this is a win win senerio.

So, who or what are advisors?

Advisors are successful people that you respect and that agree to help your company. Advisors are generally successful and/or retired executives, business owners, service providers, professors, or others that could help your business.

Advisors generally will not cost you any money (you don’t pay them), although I do recommend giving
them stock options to incentivise them to contribute as much as possible. But one of the benefits to them is that they also need referrals and new clients.

Getting advisors is not a requirement for raising money, but they have multiple benefits as follows:

  1. Practice: if you can’t successfully pitch an advisor to invest time in your business, then you’re not
    going to successfully pitch anyone to invest money in your business. So, practice your pitch on
    prospective advisors first, and use that practice to perfect it.
  2. Connections to capital and more: as successful individuals, advisors often have the ability to
    invest directly in your company; and/or they tend to have large, high quality networks of
    individuals they can introduce you to. Likewise the right mentors and advisors can connect you with
    key strategic partners, employees and customers.
  3. Credibility: having quality advisors gives your company instant credibility in the eyes of investors,
    partners, customers, etc., can build enormous credibility.
  4. Operational success: Having Advisors with whom you can discuss key business matters as you grow your venture will help ensure you make the right decisions,
    particularly if they have encountered and dealt with the same challenges already in their careers.

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PLANNING, CONDUCTING AND GETTING RESULTS BY DIANE SHAWE

Pat yourself on the back a little bit more


When it comes to success, are you stuck in the same cycle, or are you ready to move beyond?
Are you ready to move forward – not just a step or two, but a whole level?

Are you ready to leap into a new existence of achievement and power and if so, what does that look like?

Are you ready to leave your old life behind and move right into the life you deserve and if so what would your life looked like?

But if you were so ready, wouldn’t you be there already? Maybe. Maybe not.

Maybe, as much as you long for this dream world, you are also a little scared, a little nervous, or a little
hesitant, you might also be exhausted.

Maybe as much as you say you’re ready, you’re blocking your own way. The good news is, if you’re your own worst enemy, then the only thing standing between you and the life you’ve always imagined is… you!

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And once you recognise the issues that are holding you back, you can address them, one at a time.
That’s what I hope to help you do in this short blog. I’ll discuss some of the main ways you can achieve
lasting change and progress towards your dreams. It won’t be easy, but it’ll be life-changing – if you are
willing to do the work.

  1. Up” Your Deserve Level
    We can only achieve as much as we think we can.
    Try this little exercise: Stand up and extend your arms out on both sides of your body. Close your
    eyes and, turning at the waist, see how far you can twist to one side without causing yourself bodily
    harm. Open your eyes and make a mental note of where you are pointing behind you. Now, close
    your eyes and imagine yourself going a little farther. Ready, twist! Open your eyes and see if you
    surpassed your previous point. If you’re like most people, you did!

Why didn’t you go further the first time? For the simple reason that you didn’t think you could. Once you
imagined yourself going further, you did. It’s not very complicated!

If you allow others or your mental beliefs to impose limits on your physical stretching, it makes sense that you’lle limit your mental and spiritual achievement, too. So, you need to ask yourself what limits you’re putting on your:
…dreams.

Are you dreaming big enough?


income potential. Are you unnecessarily or purposely limiting your income or salary?
relationships. Do you doubt what you can achieve or deserve in your friendships and family life?
physical health.

Are you accepting less or making excuses other than the best because you think you’re too old or too outof shape?

The first step to changing your boundaries is to “up” your deserve level.

Here are three things that block you from accepting that you deserve the best:


1. Envy.

Envy is the result of a scarcity or lack mindset. You think that if someone else gets something – a
great job, a new car, a book deal – that you can’t have it, too.

That is not the way the universe works. Just because someone else gets something doesn’t mean no one else can’t as well. even Angelina Jones has been married more than once! Realise that whatever anyone else in this world has – from a great career to a great family to a great body – you can have it, too.

Live your life to the full

Use their example to inspire, rather than depress you.

2. Fear.

Fear is one of the greatest demotivators. It’s hard to feel limitless and powerful when you’re shaking in your shoes! It’s natural to feel scared of breaking outside your normal boundaries, but remind yourself that all growth takes place outside your comfort zone.

To grow, you must push your own limits, by definition. get comfortable with discomfort – see it as a sign of growth, much like aching muscles indicate you worked out hard and are getting stronger and leaner.

3. Laziness.

We tend to get used to where we are and decide that it’s good enough because we don’t really want to have to work harder. Time for a harsh truth: There are different types of laziness such as mental, emotional, physical and spiritual liziness.

If you want an extraordinary life, you’re going to have to go to some out-of-the-ordinary measures. That means pushing yourself, challenging yourself, coaching yourself, whatever it takes to motivate you to move beyond
“average.” Not that there is anything wrong with average.

Moving upward and onward starts with believing you deserve to have more and be more. It’s essential to
own your dreams – and dream big, But it’s also imperative to live in the now and appreciate each experience, each gift and your blessings.

Allow No Excuses

In the immortal words of one of the greatest philosophers of our generation:

Do or Do Not: There is no Try.

Yoda

Your body doesn’t care that you were going to eat the right foods and go to the gym, but it was your
birthday.

Your social media agent doesn’t care that you were going to finish that last chapter, but you was just too exhausted.

You do it, or you don’t. There are no points to trying. Once you accept that, you can move out of the victim
mentality you begin to realise that it really is all up to you!

The other thing you can be sure of is that 99.9 percent of people don’t really care if you succeed or not.

Whether you finish your novel, run the triathlon, start your business or your still holding onto a grudge – they’re going on about their life, without much regard to you and your goals.

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It’s All up to you

What it really comes down to is that it’s all up to you, and it’s all about you. That’s a little scary, but it’s
also very empowering. That means once you make up your mind, no one can hold you back.