Worthy contenders of the UK get shortlisted in the first ever Great British Hair & Beauty Awards 2021 after the Lockdown
Following the success of The Hair & Beauty Awards in Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales, Creative Oceanic are proud to present The Great British Hair & Beauty Awards.
The Great British Hair and Beauty Awards 2021 are an exclusive celebration of the hair and beauty gurus that operate in this country. Following the overwhelming response from the public and the phenomenal number of nominations received, the full list with finalists from the South of the UK has now been revealed.
The glamorous ceremony will take place in November 2021 and will celebrate professionals known for their perfection that have gone above and beyond in the salon and made a real difference in the industry with their excellent services.
Diane Shawe owner of Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions & Hairloss Specialist Salon states “To be named as a finalist highlights how hardwork and commitment can pay off. With hundreds of capable candidates for each category and a panel of judges looking at 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 elegant event seeks to acknowledge and honour the talented individuals, teams and salons, whose sole aim is to provide their customers with innovative services and treatments that really work, improving their appearance and confidence.
Top beauticians, hair extensions consultants, hairstylists, freelancers and barbers amongst others will gather together to celebrate their achievements and their efforts that put in daily to leave their customers with the best of impressions. The black-tie ceremony promises to be one of the most memorable celebrations in the industry’s calendar this year, with many accolades ready to be presented to the deserving winners.
A spokesperson for The Great British Hair and Beauty Awards, said: “We would like to thank the public for their participation in our nomination process.
“The Hair and Beauty Awards have become a stable event over the years and aim to showcase those who have shown great commitment, professionalism, creativity and care for the client. Therefore we are so excited to host the inaugural Great British Hair & Beauty Awards 2021.
Diane goes on further to state that “No matter who you are, your background, culture, age or gender, when you have problems with your hair, you want a non invasive quick solution to the problem which can help with ones own self esteem when you feel at your most vunerable. Even those who just simple want a makeover for a wedding, special occasion, work or for personal reasons can be helped”
The Hair and Beauty Awards state that “We hope to provide a platform to thank and appreciate the work of the professionals who have pushed the boundaries in a difficult time and had the continuous support of their customers.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Washing and conditioning hair after a perm, colouring, balayage, relaxer or texturing is not enough any more. The same clients who come into the salon today, want to leave with drastic (healthy) softer, silky hair. Social media and home treatment kits and the daily use of high temperature straighteners, have meant that any salon worth its salt need to invest in OLAPLEX!
Clients want to go from brown to platinum in less than two sittings had to contend with the dryness and damage caused to their hair so as to covet platinum blondes, perms, red hair and more, all came with a hefty price. Inspired by the desire salons and hairdressers have to take their clients to the next level, without damage, is why OLAPLEX exists.
The Olaplex range repairs the 5 types of damage listed below:
• Chemical services such as colouring, perms, relaxers and keratin treatments
• Thermal damage from electrical tools such as straighteners, curlers and hairdryers
• Mechanical damage from brushing, tugging and styling hair
• Environmental damage including the sun and humidity, extreme weather and pollution
• Lifestyle or Physiological changes including age, stress, undergoing medical treatment, hormone changes
What is the hype about?
Non-toxic, vegan and cruelty free, the allure of Olaplex products lie in their proven results and critical acclaim. Used by salon professionals all over the world, Olaplex has been featured in the prestigious pages of Glamour, USA Today, Refinery29, Teen Vogue, Byrdie, InStyle – and many more besides.
The Olaplex range features a whole suite of treatments which have appealed to celebrities, hair professionals and beauty gurus of all ages. And when we say beauty gurus, we mean readers like you.
Why should salons use OLAPLEX?
You’ll notice that the range has a key focus on one word in particular – Bond. From bond building to bond maintenance and smoothing… Olaplex are pretty bond obsessed. Ok, we get it, they’re very sleek and sophisticated products, but there are no classified secrets behind the science here. To explain the importance of the bond obsession, it’s time for a quick introduction to hair biology.
Hair is fibre. Composed of the keratin protein, your hair consists of millions of disulfide bonds, which hold the protein structures of your hair shaft together. These bonds can be damaged by high levels of heat, chemical treatments, excessive brushing and environmental exposure. Basically… anything from hair straightener addiction to extreme colour treatment can interfere with the long term health of your hair, as these stressors can damage your hair bonds.
Step in Olaplex. Each product contains the patented ingredient bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate. It sounds super fancy but long story short, this ingredient works on a molecular level to help repair the disulfide bonds in your hair.
Olaplex works on all hair types and textures. If you get your hair coloured professionally, your stylist may have even recommended using Olaplex between salon visits to help nurture your hair after your treatment.
The holy grail of hair is to fix damage, which is where OLAPLEX started. Today, we have a line of 9 products that address rebuilding hair while tackling other hair concerns such as moisture, frizz, and heat protection. Our heritage began in the salons, inspired by the needs of professionals, and has grown to the at-home line we have today because of it. You ask, and we listen. There are no other products other than OLAPLEX on the market that rebuild broken bonds in the hair, period. Only OLAPLEX products can take that bond-building technology and pair it with moisture, smoothing, and protection.
OLAPLEX has elevated salon services forever, and with more use and heads of hair treated with OLAPLEX, we develop products based on clients’ needs.
How It Started:
Stand Alone Treatment | Performed in-salon using OLAPLEX Nº.1 and OLAPLEX Nº.2, this treatment is the first, only, and strongest bond-building treatment available.
OLAPLEX N°0 acts as an intensive repair booster working in tandem with N°3 to receive your most intense repair. This means 68% more repair & 3x stronger hair when used together. This can be added to hair colour or most chemical treatment.
Introducing the newest product to the range, the no.0 is a professional- inspired treatment that primes hair for deeper repair with the highest dose of patented Olaplex technology of any of their take home treatments. It rebuilds hair bonds, strengthens and protects hair integrity. For best results it is advised to use as the first step in a two-part system with N°.3 Hair Perfector. Use once or twice a week, three if you have severely damaged hair. Apply to dry hair, fully saturating each section and leave on for 10 minutes before applying the no.3 which you leave on for a further 10 minutes
OLAPLEX Nº.1 | (Professional Use) Inspired by these in-salon Stand Alone Treatment, Nº.0 is used as a primer to amplify the bond building. No.1 is meant to mitigate damage during chemical services.
Exclusive to professionals, the Olaplex No.1 Bond Multiplier is a concentrated first salon step that rebuilds broken disulphide bonds and begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair. Mix Olaplex No.1 with your client’s chosen hair colour, lightener or toner to help prevent hair damage and keep the hair in the best condition possible. Please note that this product isn’t available as a single product and comes as part of the Salon Intro kit.
OLAPLEX Nº.2 | (Professional Use) When lighten your client’s hair to levels never thought possible before, without compromising the integrity of the hair.
Bond Perfector No. 2 can also be used as a mini bond building treatment and as a cutting lotion.
No.2 finds more single sulfur hydrogen bonds and crosslinks them back together WITHOUT chemicals working against it. So don’t skip it
Exclusive to professionals, Olaplex No2 Bond Perfector works to rebuild and restore broken bonds, ensuring the strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair possible. Apply to the hair at the back wash after all processing has been completed, leave for 20 minutes and rinse to get the best out of this product.
OLAPLEX Nº.3 Hair Perfector | The first at-home bond building treatment. Repairs the hair internally. The second in-salon step continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds. REMEMBER: Clients can purchase this as ongoing and aftercare.
The original take-home treatment is a global bestseller and the product that put Olaplex on the map. No.3 is not a conditioner, it’s an at-home treatment that reduces breakage and visibly strengthens hair, improving its look and feel. It is known to visibly reduce breakage and strengthen the hair, improving the look and feel of all hair types. Perfect to retail on to your clients, it’s advised to use it once or twice a week on damp hair, applying from roots to ends. Suitable for
OLAPLEX Nº.4 | Bond Maintenance Shampoo maximizes cleansing by repairing the hair and increasing manageability.
The only shampoo in the range, No.4 protects and repairs hair from everyday stresses such as damage, split ends and unwanted frizz. How? It uses Olaplex’s bond rebuilding technology to repair and cleanse while also imparting moisture, strength, and manageability with every wash. Colour safe and perfect on all hair types, the No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo is available to purchase in two sizes. Ideal for salon treatments and selling on to clients for at-home use, we advise you to concentrate on the roots when applying. If required, it can be used daily on your client’
OLAPLEX Nº.5 | Bond Maintenance Conditioner is a bond-building conditioner that moisturizes the hair.
Ideally used in conjunction with No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, the Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner restores, repairs, and hydrates without adding excess weight to hair. The highly moisturising reparative formula eliminates damaged frizz for strong, healthy, shiny hair. Perfect on all hair types, the No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner is available to purchase in two sizes. Ideal for salon treatments and selling on to clients for at-home use, apply evenly to the ends of the hair. If required, it can be used daily on your client’s hair.
OLAPLEX Nº.6 | Our answer to the perfect leave-in. Hair repair, moisture, reduced frizz for up to 72 hours and increased manageability.
The Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother is a highly concentrated leave-in smoothing cream, which prevents frizz and flyaways in your client’s hair for up to 72 hours. Capable of protecting all hair types, including coloured, coiled and chemically treated; this silky cream strengthens and moisturises hair while also speeding up blow dry times, resulting in hair feeling smooth and silky. Apply a tiny amount of the product into damp or dry hair, focusing on putting it on your client’s mid-length to ends. Comb your client’s hair and then style it as you wish!
OLAPLEX Nº.7 | Bonding Oil is the first oil of its kind to rebuild the hair while protecting against heat to 450ºF, protecting against UV rays, adding shine, increasing manageability, and moisturizing the hair.
The Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil is a highly concentrated, ultra-lightweight, reparative styling oil dramatically increases shine, adds softness and strength, and enhances all hair types and textures. Ideal for clients who use heat tools daily, the No.7 Bonding Oil provides heat protection up to 450°F/230°C. And that’s not all. This golden bottle also contains UVA/UVB protection, making it perfect for the summer months. All you have to do is apply a few drops to your client’s wet or dry hair before styling. Here’s a bonus: this small bottle is perfect to sell to your clients if they need a treatment to carry around and their hair needs a quick refresh
OLAPLEX Nº.8 | Bond Intense Moisture Mask is OLAPLEX’s newest addition, an intensive moisture mask for all hair types, with bond building.
The Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask is a multi-benefit hair mask perfect for adding moisture, body and shine to all hair types. Infused with Olaplex’s bond-building technology, this mask is scientifically proven to add four times more moisture, twice as much shine and an unbelievable 96% more body than a regular hair mask. Capable of strengthening and repairing the most fragile of your client’s hair, all you have to do is apply the mask on damp hair from the mid-lengths to ends for ten minutes, and then rinse out. Once you see this mask’s more than visible results, your client will want to skip the styling stage!
Can I use Olaplex myself at home?
Olaplex No.3, No.4, No.5, No.6 and No.7 are available to be used at home.
Can I leave Olaplex on overnight?
Yes, you can leave Olaplex No.3 on overnight, but ensure it’s wrapped up so it doesn’t come into contact with your face or eyes.
WHAT’S A BOND?
Our hair contains millions of disulfide bonds.
These bonds give the hair its structure, strength and stability. When disulfide bonds are broken, it results in damage.
OLAPLEX restores damaged and compromised hair by repairing from the inside out with our patented single ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate.
Once all the bonds are intact and in alignment, you have healthy, beautiful, shiny, touchable hair.
Guided meditation and affirmations with visualised images are very popular on Youtube.
Visualisation activates the creative powers of the subconscious mind, motivating it to work harder at creating solutions. If done correctly some people have noticed new levels of motivation and find themselves doing things that normally they would avoid, but that will take them closer to success.
Visualisation and affirmations can help you to change your beliefs, assumptions, and opinions about the most important person in your life — YOU! They allow you to harness the 18 billion brain cells in your brain and get them all working in a singular and purposeful direction.
Your subconscious will become engaged in a process that transforms you forever. This happens intensionally or unintensionally because the subconcious mind absorbs everything every waking and sleeping moments of your life.
The process is invisible and doesn’t take a long time. this is why it is important to put in the time to visualise and affirm by practicing your techniques, surround yourself with positive people, read uplifting books and listen to audio programs that flood your mind with positive, life-affirming messages.
Negative Thinking is the Enemy
It is no secret that negative thinking is part of almost everyone’s life.
For some reason, it seems it is easier to think negative thoughts, than to think positive thoughts. The mind and emotions are vast, it is true that people are not taught to think expecially at school, so people tend to flip flop between thoughts and emotions.
Unpleasant situations, problems and difficulties arise in everyone’s lives, and these events cause negative thinking.
Often, people are not very much aware of the thoughts they are thinking, and therefore, get easily immersed with negative thoughts and negative moods when listening to the news or to people talking about their problems. There is also a tendancy to gossip and gossip is almosy always negative.
It would be a good strategy to avoid negative discussion which can contribute to negative thinking though, in many cases, it is easier said than done.
So for instance when you decide to start some guided meditation there is often 3 choices. a) music only b) verbal affirmations c) visual/images (There is an agruement for silent meditation but this is not guided but may be personally accomplished privately or in a group)
a) Music: Often people will select a piece of music that either calms them, inspire or motivates them. If the music you come across grates on your nerves then it is unlikely that you will consider listening to it.
b) Verbal Affirmations: Words Matter and if the words you are hearing sound unbelievable then your subconcious mind and your inner self talk will start a negative debate about what you are listening too. So it is important that the verbal affirmation you select empowers your inner self, does not cause resistance or sounds unachievable.
c) Visual Images: Most of you would have heard the term ‘Create a vision board’ the purpose being to solidify the visual image into your subconcious mind everyday reinforcing your desires, dream or wish to come true. There are lots of Guided meditation videos on Youtube and the stats show that a high percentage of guided money meditations are listened to each day around the world.
However if you are british or european and your watching a guided money meditation in dollars there is instantly a conflict because the image does not fit your currency reality.
You will succeed in neutralising your efforts if you think positively about your goal for a few minutes, and have doubts or think about them negatively the rest of the day. So it is important to match your money mantra meditation with the currency you predominatly use every day, otherwise this is poor investment of your time, and is one of the main reasons why you are not getting results.
Meaningful Guided Meditation
Guided Meditation, Visualisation and Miracle Tones stimulate positivity which are essential components to focusing your intentions in a quiet moment to bring about change, bring you clients, bring you business, cashflow and business growth.
No matter your business, startup, not for profit, online business or charity, taking time out to clear your mind and focus on what you want to achieve with a clear vision can be very enlightening.
The brain is still a membrain that needs rest, need oxygen and the right minerals to support it. There is also lots of evidence to support that certain tones when listened to can stimulate deep into the brain. In this Guided Money Meditation, affirmations are powerful wrapped into the solfeggio tones and biennial beats with wads of british pounds tumbling towards you with a little added surprise.
You can watch and listen or just listen to this guided meditation anytime. To help you manifest your goals which will translate into money for your business try this guided money meditation in british pounds for 7 days. Please do not use whilst driving.
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Ten tips to prevent being scammed out of your money online when trying to setup a Business
It is now more than ever that anyone intending to set up a business must have built into the Business Startup DNA 7 disciplines.
1. Identify proper business advice or support 2. Take a short but credible Business Entrepreneur Course 3. Prepare a Business Plan and Cashflow Projections. 4. Setup Proper Legal Status, Bank and Merchant Account 5. Identify where you can apply for business startup funds and apply 6. Established Google verified Website & Social Media Links 7. Invest in effective Customer Aquisition online A.I technology
If you want to bypass these 7 disciplines, then you might be setting yourself up for failure and an empty bank account.
I have been in business for over 15 years. It is hard work, it takes resilience, the ability to adapt to change and short, medium and long term goal setting. (Not forgetting stress, the losses and wins).
I use to help individuals and partners establish their business startup when I worked for the DTI Business Development department back in 1986. The government engaged in a big national campaign to get unemployment down and increase small business startups. We were very busy.
I learnt a lot about the challenges facing business owners and I can confirm that there is no shortcut, no quick rich route to establishing a solid business
Now everytime you switch on your phone, click on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram to name but a few, there is someone telling you how they made 5 or 6 figure income each month by just doing a few clicks and 3 hours a week work! I suspect the reason most of them do this is because they are selling a replicatable business platform and each person who want to get involved needs to pay them several hundred pounds after you have been exhausted and convienced by a pretend training video which is just a long sales pitch! There I said it!
Even if you wanted to set up a online business, even if its a replicatable business, a amazon, ebay or spotify store I still beilieve that the 7 Business Startup DNA is essential so that you know where your going and not just sat there waiting for someone to come buy from your store.
According to a large Domain Name Registration Company there are over 9 million websites in the UK. Just let that sink in….and you would need to get people to it.
So my next point is how do you keep your hard earn money safe until you are really sure your making the right investment?
Study these ten simple tips to reduce the risk of being scams or fraudulently hoodwinked out of your finances just because your eager to start a business.
1. Be sceptical
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Thoroughly question all:
Online or offline deals, propositions or Quick money spinning Opportunities Presented Documents Request for or photo evidence of money transactions Information and the source
Anything can be pulled up, designed, prepared and recommended to make something look impressive.
2. A Business Plan will help you know your business inside out
Have a thorough understanding of your business so you know:
How it will operates What manpower or collaborators you will need The products and services it provides Your target market and your business SWOT Your legal and regulatory obligations Your financial Projections
This will help you realise immediately when something isn’t right when you talk to other businesses. If they cannot answer indept questions about their business and spend a lot of time blagging, don’t part with your money.
3. Find out about suppliers and how they work
When you understand who you do business with you can spot any business request or transaction that looks wrong for that customer or supplier and may be fraudulent.
Conduct due diligence using a risk-based approach, such as checking the customer or supplier details you have on file, as well as online searches. Check the website links, don’t be drawn in by glossy spotify websites for instance, anyone can set one up in minutes, which is good for the industry, but also very helpful to dishonest people.
4. Identify your vulnerability to fraud
Imagine how a fraudster might target you, both emotionally and motivationally. If you are desperate for instance to start making money, will that sway your judgement to be more risky? A business or marketing plan with your own financial projection will help keep you focused, on pointand strategic.
5. Develop a personal development strategy
It is easy to assum that if you have been working for a company for many years, or have just completed your degree, or you have had a hobby for years that setting up a business might be the next logical step especially if you want to change caeers or create work for yourself.
This is all fine, but it might be a good idea to take a credible short course in Business Management, Marketing, Social media, etc to increase your knowledge base and get up to date.
6. Take extra care against cyber attacks and data loss
With increasing threats from cybercrime, protect your mobile phone, tablet and computer. Try not to post your mobile number across the internet. For instance buy a skype number. Also if your working on projects make sure you back up your systems in the cloud in case things get lost or corrupted.
7. Protect your finances
Understand how money leaves your bank account and how hard it is to replace. A few thousand pounds in your bank account might seem like a lot, but when incorrectly invested or spent will have you kicking yourself after te event try to:
place the bulk of your money in a 30 days request account. This may help slow down any implusive purchases.
take time to study and understand the concept of Return on Investment.
Take great care with anything offering continued electronic growth like bitcoin in exvhange for real cash and flashy websites with sophisticated algorhymes.
Invstigate if you can borrow money first and keep your cash for backup and liquidity. There is a saying, ‘Us other peoples money’
Try to use a different debit visa mastercard that you have to load up online from your bank account, this will help protect your own credit and debit card numbers from fraudsters.
Always check your bank statements.
8. Secure and protect your mobile and intellectual property
This includes laptops, computers, smartphones and intellectual property. Factor in home or business insurance to cover these items if they’re compromised, damaged or stolen.
It is also worth copy righting any itellectual property that you have designed or created. This can be for instance putting logos or watermarks, saving and sendind as pdf, taking videos with you working on your project or design etc.
9. Develop an action plan
Consider when you might need professional or legal advice. While prevention is better than cure, it’s important for you to design an action plan.
10. Avoid Duplicating, copying or forwarding anything online that is not your copyright
Cybercrime is real and you could find yourself accidentially committing or participating in a crime or even become a victim. Criminals are aware that word of mouth, recommendations and reviews achieved in your excitment can act as strong validation and are the best way to legitamise their criminal activity.
If you are asked to share, copy or forward something that requires people to commit to any payments, familiarise yourself with the website copyright, privacy and legal status.
You should report and share any links to the police. Call the police cybercrime department if you suspect or have been a victim.
Remember if it sounds or reads to good to be true then the odds are you need to dig deeper.
A local Dudley salon owner has been nominated for the second year running as a finalist in not one or two but three categories.
Need a Hair Makeover Hair Extensions and Hairloss Specialist Salon West Midlands has been named as one of the Midlands top salons after being announced as finalist in three categories for the Salon Awards 2020.
The salon which is renowned locally, now awaits the awards ceremony in December, to see if they have been crowned the overall category winner.
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 a new business locally, providing an exceptional range of hair extensions techniques to new clients and for their exception salon design and interiors.
Commenting on the result, Diane the owner said; “To be named as a finalist in not just one but three categories for the second 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:
In England, you must wear a face covering in the following indoor settings (a list of examples for each is included in the brackets):
public transport (aeroplanes, trains, trams and buses)
taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs)
transport hubs (airports, rail and tram stations and terminals, maritime ports and terminals, bus and coach stations and terminals)
shops and supermarkets (places which offer goods or services for retail sale or hire)
shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
premises providing hospitality (bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes), except when seated at a table to eat or drink (see exemptions) from 24 September
post offices, banks, building societies, high-street solicitors and accountants, credit unions, short-term loan providers, savings clubs and money service businesses
premises providing personal care and beauty treatments (hair salons, barbers, nail salons, massage centres, tattoo and piercing parlours)
premises providing veterinary services
visitor attractions and entertainment venues (museums, galleries, cinemas, theatres, concert halls, cultural and heritage sites, aquariums, indoor zoos and visitor farms, bingo halls, amusement arcades, adventure activity centres, indoor sports stadiums, funfairs, theme parks, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas including soft-play areas)
libraries and public reading rooms
places of worship
funeral service providers (funeral homes, crematoria and burial ground chapels)
community centres, youth centres and social clubs
exhibition halls and conference centres
public areas in hotels and hostels
storage and distribution facilities
You are expected to wear a face covering before entering any of these settings and must keep it on until you leave unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it. More detailed advice on the application of these requirements in different settings can be found in the government’s guidance for working safely.
You should also wear a face covering in indoor places not listed here where social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
Face coverings are needed in NHS settings, including hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They are also advised to be worn in care homes.
Enforcement measures for failing to comply with this law
Premises where face coverings are required should take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law.
The police can take measures if members of the public do not comply with this law without a valid exemption and transport operators can deny access to their public transport services if a passenger is not wearing a face covering, or direct them to wear one or leave a service.
If necessary, the police and Transport for London (TfL) officers have enforcement powers including issuing fines. From 24 September this will be £200 (reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days) for the first offence.
Repeat offenders receiving fines on public transport or in an indoor setting will have their fines doubled at each offence.
After the first offence, there will be no discount. For example, receiving a second fine will amount to £400 and a third fine will be £800, up to a maximum value of £6,400.
MCT oil is a supplement often added to smoothies, bulletproof coffee and salad dressings.
As the name suggests, medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil contains medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. Due to their shorter length, MCTs are easily digested and many health benefits are linked to the way your body processes these fats.
So Let’s Get To The Bottom Line First!
Taking MCT oil could have many benefits and very few risks.
For starters, it contains fatty acids that can promote weight loss by reducing body fat, increasing fullness and potentially improving your gut environment.
MCTs are also a great source of energy and may fight bacterial growth, help protect your heart and aid in managing diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and autism.
Potential drawbacks may include increased hunger and possible fat accumulation in your liver. However, as long as you keep to 1–2 tablespoons per day and use it to replace — not add — to your normal fat intake, any negative side effects are unlikely.
At the end of the day, MCT oil is a convenient way to take advantage of all the health benefits MCTs have to offer.
So where does it originate from
MCT oil is most commonly extracted from coconut oil, as more than 50% of the fat in coconut oil comes from MCTs. These fats are also found in many other foods, such as palm oil and dairy products.
Four different types of MCTs exist, of which caprylic and capric acid are most commonly used for MCT oil. In some cases, these specific types have unique benefits.
Here are 7 science-backed benefits you can get from adding MCT oil to your diet.
1. Promotes Weight Loss in Several Important Ways
There are several reasons why MCT oil may be beneficial when you’re trying to lose weight.
MCT oil has been shown to increase the release of two hormones that promote the feeling of fullness in the body: peptide YY and leptin. It may even be better than coconut oil in keeping you full. One study found that people taking two tablespoons of MCT oil as part of their breakfast ended up eating less food for lunch compared to those taking coconut oil.
The same study also discovered a lower rise in triglycerides and glucose with MCT oil, which may also influence the feeling of fullness.
Additionally, taking MCT oil has been shown to significantly reduce body weight and waist circumference. Researchers even report that it could help prevent obesity.
MCT oil has about 10% fewer calories than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), which are found in foods such as olive oil, nuts and avocados
Your body also processes MCTs differently, which may help you burn calories
Your body can use MCT oil as an instant source of energy, making it unnecessary to store fat for this purpose. Nevertheless, it’s important to note that your body may adapt to this dietary change, leading to only temporary results.
MCTs can be converted into ketones, which are produced from the breakdown of fat when carb intake is low. If you’re following a ketogenic diet, which is very low in carbs yet high in fat, then taking MCT oil can help you stay in the fat-burning state known as ketosis.
Lastly, your gut environment is very important when it comes to your weight. MCT oil can help optimize the growth of good bacteria and support the gut lining, which could also help you lose weight.
MCT oil may support weight loss by increasing fullness, fat loss, energy burning, ketone production and by improving your gut environment.
2. Instant Source of Energy That Can Also Be Used to Fuel Your Brain
MCT oil has been dubbed a super fuel since your body absorbs MCTs more rapidly than long-chain triglycerides (LCTs), which contain more carbons in their fatty acid chains.
Due to their shorter chain length, MCTs travel straight from the gut to the liver and do not require bile to break down like longer-chain fats do.
In the liver, the fats are broken down to be either used as fuel or stored as body fat.
Since MCTs easily enter your cells without being broken down, they can be used as an immediate source of energy.
When you’re on a ketogenic diet, MCTs can also be converted into ketones in the liver.
These ketones can pass through your blood-brain barrier, making them a convenient source of energy for your brain cells.
MCT oil is easily absorbed and transported throughout the body. It can be used as an instant source of energy or can be converted into ketones to fuel your brain.
3.May Reduce Lactate Buildup in Athletes and Help Use Fat for Energy
MCT oil has gained popularity amongst athletes. During exercise, rising lactate levels can negatively impact exercise performance.
Interestingly, MCTs may help with lactate buildup. One study found that athletes who took 6 grams or about 1.5 teaspoons of MCTs with food before cycling had lower lactate levels and found it easier to exercise, compared to those taking LCTs. Furthermore, the study found that taking the MCT oil before exercise may help you use more fat instead of carbs for energy.
Even though MCTs can increase fat burning during exercise, study results are mixed as to whether MCT oil can help you exercise better. One study showed it could improve swimming capacity in mice, but another human-based study found no improvement in endurance performance in runners.
At the very least, the results of one animal study suggest that MCT oil does not negatively affect exercise performance, which is encouraging.
MCT oil can increase fat burning and reduce the need for carbs during exercise. However, it is unclear whether this translates to improved exercise performance.
4. Could Help Manage Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s Disease and Autism
Studies have shown that MCT oil and a ketogenic diet may help manage conditions such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and autism.
While the ketogenic diet has gained popularity amongst people wishing to lose weight, it was first introduced as a way of managing epilepsy.
Scientists found that fasting increases ketone production and that this may reduce the frequency of epileptic seizures.
Since MTCs can be converted into ketones, they may be beneficial in managing epilepsy. However, the type of MCT may be important. One test-tube study showed that the MCT capric acid improved seizure control better than a widespread anti-epileptic drug.
Another study in rats found that the same MCT blocked receptors in the brain that cause seizures, though more human studies are needed. In addition, it’s important to note that a ketogenic diet is not for everyone and can be challenging to follow long term.
If you are considering a ketogenic diet to help manage your epilepsy, talk to your doctor or nutrition professional first.
Alzheimer’s disease impairs your brain’s ability to use sugar. An MCT ketogenic diet offers an alternative energy source: ketones. This allows brain cells to survive better. It also blocks a receptor in the brain that causes memory loss.
One study found that a single dose of MCTs improved short-term cognition in 20 people with Alzheimer’s disease with a certain gene type, namely APOE ɛ4-negative.
While genetic factors play a role, evidence suggests that 20–70 grams of supplemental MCTs that include caprylic or capric acid can modestly improve the symptoms of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s.
Overall, the benefits of MCT oil in Alzheimer’s disease are promising, but longer and larger scale studies are needed .
MCT oil may also help children with autism.
One study found positive overall improvements when a ketogenic diet was followed for 6 months. Another study found that adding MCTs to a ketogenic and gluten-free diet substantially improved autism behaviors for 6 of the 15 children involved. Because autism is a spectrum condition, it can affect people in different ways.
This means that adding MCT oil to your child’s diet may help to varying degrees or may show no positive effects. More research is needed here, as well.
If you are considering a ketogenic diet to help manage your child’s autism, talk to your doctor or nutrition professional first.
MCT oil may improve brain function, which could have benefits for people with epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and autism.
5. Contains Powerful Fatty Acids That Fight Yeast and Bacterial Growth
MCTs have been shown to have antimicrobial and anti fungal effects.
Coconut oil, which contains a large amount of MCTs, has been shown to reduce the growth of Candida albicans by 25%. This is a common yeast that can cause thrush and various skin infections.
A test-tube study also showed that coconut oil reduced the growth of a disease-causing bacteria called Clostridium difficile.
Coconut oil’s ability to reduce yeast and bacterial growth may be due to the caprylic, capric and lauric acid in MCTs.
MCTs themselves have also been shown to suppress the growth of a widespread infectious fungus in hospitals by up to 50%. However, note that most of the research on MCTs and immune support has been conducted via test-tube or animal studies. High-quality human studies are needed before stronger conclusions can be made.
MCT oil contains fatty acids that have been shown to reduce the growth of yeast and bacteria. Overall, MCTs may have a variety of antimicrobial and anti-fungal effects.
6. May Reduce Risk Factors for Heart Disease, Such as Weight and Cholesterol
Heart disease is a growing problem. Some factors that increase your risk include high cholesterol, blood pressure, inflammation, being overweight and smoking.
MCT oil has been shown to support weight and fat loss. This may, in turn, help reduce your risk of heart disease. A study of 24 overweight men found that taking MCT oil combined with phytosterols and flaxseed oil for 29 days reduced total cholesterol by 12.5%. However, when olive oil was used instead, the reduction was only 4.7%.
The same study also found better reductions in LDL or “bad” cholesterol when the MCT oil mixture was added to their diet. Moreover, MCT oil can also increase the production of heart-protective HDL or “good” cholesterol .
It can even significantly reduce C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammatory marker that increases the risk of heart disease. Additional studies found that MCT-oil-based mixtures can have a positive effect on other heart disease risk factors, as well.
MCT oil may reduce heart disease risk factors such as weight, cholesterol and inflammation. Adding it to your diet could help lower your risk of heart disease.
7. May Help Control Blood Sugar Levels and Support Diabetes Management
MCT oil may also have benefits for those with diabetes. Most people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese, which makes diabetes harder to manage. However, MCTs have been shown to reduce fat storage and increase fat burning.
One small Chinese study of 40 people with diabetes found that those who consumed MCT oil daily had significant reductions in body weight, waist circumference and insulin resistance, compared to those taking corn oil containing LCTs.
Another study found that when 10 people with diabetes were injected with insulin, they needed 30% less sugar to maintain normal blood sugar levels when they consumed MCTs, compared to LCTs. However, the same study did not find any effect of MCTs on reducing fasting blood sugar levels. Therefore, other factors such as timing and the amount of food eaten may influence the effects of MCT oil.
MCT oil may help manage diabetes by reducing fat storage and increasing fat burning. It may also help you control your blood sugar.
Potential Drawbacks of MCT Oil
Although MCTs are considered safe, they may have some disadvantages.
May Stimulate the Release of Hunger Hormones
While MCTs can increase the release of hormones that help you feel fuller longer, they may also stimulate the release of hunger hormones in some people
A study on people with anorexia found that MCTs increased the release of two hormones that stimulate appetite: ghrelin and neuropeptide Y.
People who took more than 6 grams of MCTs per day produced more of these hormones than those who had less than 1 gram per day.
However, it is unclear whether the increase in these hormones actually causes you to eat more.
High Doses Could Lead to Fat Buildup in the Liver
High doses of MCT oil may increase the amount of fat in your liver in the long term.
One 12-week study in mice found that a diet in which 50% of the fats were MCTs increased liver fat. Interestingly, the same study also found that MCTs reduced total body fat and improved insulin resistance.
However, keep in mind that high doses of MCT oil, such as those in the study above, are not recommended. Overall, more research is needed on the long-term effects of MCT oil.
MCTs are high in calories and usually only make up about 5–10% of your total calorie intake. If you are trying to maintain or lose weight, you should consume MCT oil as part of your total amount of fat intake and not as an additional amount of fat.
MCT oil increases the release of hunger hormones, which could lead to increased food intake. In the long term, it may also increase the amount of fat in your liver.
Source Previously Written by Sharon O’Brien on May 14, 2018
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