10 Barn Safety Tips for Winter

10 Barn Safety Tips for Winter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter presents extra concerns for horse owners, we urge you to review these tips to keep your barn safe from risk of fire that could prove devastating.

One of the leading causes of barn fires is heating equipment and the majority of these fires occur during daytime working hours. Knowledge of this can help you be more proactive when making a plan. Review our 10 Barn Safety Tips and get started on your own emergency plan.

10 Barn Safety Tips for Winter

  1. Just as we mentioned in our Emergency Preparedness Article, its important to have a plan in the event of an emergency, in this case a fire, and review it with any employees or family members who will be in the barn.
  2. Contact other barns in the area and see if they have a plan, if they are close enough, they may also be able to assist in the event of a fire.
  3. Make sure and give the barn and stables a thorough clean out to remove excess dust, cobwebs and chaff. Store fuel, paint and other combustibles in a different location from the barn.
  4. Post clear directions to your barn near all phones, that way no matter who calls 911 they will be able to give accurate directions to the fire department.
  5. Ask your local fire department for a fire inspection of all buildings on the property.
  6. Hay storage should not be near any heat sources and newly-baled hay should not be allowed to overheat. Make sure you have proper ventilation to avoid spontaneous combustion of the hay.
  7. No Smoking – Have a “No Tolerance” policy for smoking in or around the barn and buildings on property.
  8. Sprinklers – If you haven’t already, install automatic sprinkler systems in the barns and stables.
  9. Extinguishers – Place fire extinguishers throughout the barn and let all staff know of their locations.
  10. Each horse should have a halter and lead rope hung on their stall door at all times, in case of an emergency.

No one likes thinking about disasters, but with planning and preparation, you improve your chances of preventing disaster.

 

Care for Chlorine-Damaged Hair

There is no question that swimming is an excellent sport for adults and children alike and not to mention an athletic skill that will last a lifetime. Swimming offers a full body workout, building muscle tone and strength, improving flexibility and lowering stress.

The benefits swimming provides to our bodies does not, however, extend to our hair. Repeatedly saturating hair in chlorinated water leads to damaged, dry and brittle and hair. And if you have blond hair, you will end up with a not so lovely greenish tint to your hair (great for Halloween, not great for every other day of the year).

There are many products on the market that claim to repair hair damaged by chlorine, but they often result in disappointment for the frustrated swimmer, not to mention wasting money trying product after product. If you and your family are in the pool on a regular basis than you need a secret weapon in your hair care arsenal. I am not referring to a swim cap, although they are helpful, they won’t completely eliminate the contact your hair has with chlorinated water. Enter the solution: COWBOY MAGIC® Rosewater Shampoo, Rosewater Conditioner and Detangler & Shine™.

For years, people in the equine industry have been benefitting from the use of COWBOY MAGIC® products on their horses, pets and themselves! The COWBOY MAGIC® Rosewater Shampoo and Conditioner offers a deep clean that is able to remove the build up from chlorine plus other minerals and chemicals (works wonders if your city has hard water) while leaving your hair softer and stronger.

And for managing the tangled hair after getting out of the pool, COWBOY MAGIC® Detangler & Shine™ is magic for taming the knots. Just a small amount will allow the comb to glide through the hair, giving it a long-lasting shine without an oily residue that many detanglers leave behind.

So the secret’s out, whether you are a swimmer, athlete or looking to improve your hair’s condition, try the line of COWBOY MAGIC® hair care products today! To find a store near you, use our Store Locator.

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5 Hair-Raising Halloween Hairdos

5 Hair-Raising Halloween Hairdos

I have never had much luck with wigs for Halloween costumes, they are usually cheap and always itchy. If you struggle with finding functional Halloween wigs than try your hand (or hair, as it were) at 1 of our 5 ideas for sculpting your own hair for Halloween this year.

5 Hair-Raising Halloween Hairdos

 

5 Hair-Raising Halloween Hairdos

 

Medusa Hair

The Medusa Halloween costume could easily be very sexy, but without the headful of snakes – you are just another Greek Goddess in a pretty dress. The snakes make the look. Here is one DIY version from Martha Stewart, but you could also make this work with your hair down – simply pin some long rubber snakes in your hair using bobby pins.

 

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Mummy Braid

This hairstyle is cute for a child, but also for an adult who is dressing as a mummy but doesn’t want their face and head covered.

 

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Cat Ears

Pipe cleaners are such a versatile craft item, and here they are used to turn braided hair into cat ears. This would look fabulous with a sexy cat costume or even perhaps a Cat Woman costume.

 

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Fun Frizz

The Fun Frizz hairstyle is indeed labor intensive but well worth it if you were dressing up as a 70s glamour queen, a lion with a full mane or even a witch.

 

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Silly Spider Halloween Hairdo

I love this hairstyle because it could work for a child’s costume – Spider Girl, or for a more subdued preteen “I don’t want to dress up but you are making me wear SOMETHING” look. And it also works for an adult costume, like this Spider Girl Glam costume.

 Halloween Hair Safety

While styling your hair for Halloween can be fun, please remember to be kind to your tresses. As we mentioned in 5 Bad Hair Habits, always use a protectant prior to using any styling tools with heat. Cowboy Magic® Detangler & Shine™ will help strengthen and protect your hair for Halloween night. After the costume party, or neighborhood trick-or-treating, make sure to give your hair a deep conditioning to help repair any damage the excessive styling caused. Cowboy Magic® Rosewater Conditioner can be used as part of your daily routine or as a deep conditioner when needed. Be safe and Happy Halloween!

What’s the craziest way you’ve ever styled your hair?

5 Bad Hair Habits

 

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Bad hair days are no laughing matter – I am still traumatized by a coloring experiment gone wrong in high school. Hair care often gets lost in the monotony of our daily routines, but maybe it’s time for a quick refresher. Here are the Top 5 Worst Hair Habits (and how to break them).

5 Bad Hair Habits (and How to Break Them)

Heat Wave - We get it, you want your hair to look a certain way, maybe a way that it cannot naturally achieve on its own, but sometimes you need to temporarily set down the hair dryer – curling iron – hair straightener – crimper (please throw the crimper out permanently). If you don’t have to blow dry and straighten your hair every single day, then by all means don’t – give your hair a much needed cool down. When you do decided you need to use these heated hair torture devices follow these guidelines: set the heat to medium or lower – especially if you have thin hair and for your hair’s sake – use a heat protectant or blow dry serum. Cowboy Magic® Detangler & Shine™™ works perfectly in this role – a small amount will help protect your hair while also leaving it with a luxurious shine.

Wet Mop – Okay, so you took our advice to not use heating tools everyday – that does not mean you can jump out of the shower and throw your wet hair up in a pony tail! Your hair is more likely to break when it’s wet and being manhandled. And under no circumstances is it ever okay to use a rubber band from your desk drawer or tool box to put your hair up – you might as well just kiss your hard work goodbye because half of your pony tail will come back out attached to that rubber band! If you want to put your hair in a pony tail, wait until it has air dried and use a gentle band such as the ones from Emi-Jay (20% of their profits for the month of October benefit breast cancer research).

Brush Beating – You don’t actually need to sit in front of your ornate vanity in your dressing gown brushing your hair 100 times a day to have perfect hair (or if you have a lady’s maid, she doesn’t need to brush your hair a 100 times a day either). Be gentle and SLOWLY brush out your precious locks. Take a section of your hair and clasp one hand around the section while brushing gently below where you’ve gripped. Move up the strands of hair once you get the bottom section brushed. Brushing your hair in this manner will help prevent breakage and won’t cause static.

Avoiding the Shears – We talked about the importance of hair cuts in our 5 Tips For Growing Longer Hair Hair post, but as a reminder – it is important to remove damaged split ends so new healthy hair can continue to grow and flourish – like a hair rebirth, nay, a hair Renaissance! Okay, maybe not that dramatic, but you get the point. Aim to have your hair trimmed 1/4 inch to a 1/2 inch every 8 to 12 weeks.

Hair Color, Chemicals & Relaxers Oh My! – While it’s fun to change the color of your hair or chemically-alter the texture of your hair, these treatments are also the fastest way to damage your hair. Before you color, make sure your hair isn’t already badly damaged, if it is then you may need to give it some TLC before applying hair color or a relaxer. Use a deep conditioner a few days prior to coloring for a hair health boost. Try Cowboy Magic® Rosewater Conditioner, which works by deeply penetrating the hair and then replenishing moisture and repairing damage. It can be used as part of your daily routine or as a deep conditioner.

Make the commitment to practice healthy hair habits and you are guaranteed to look less like someone who just stuck their finger in an electrical outlet and more like someone starring in a hair product commercial.

Do you have any bad hair habits? Share them below

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5 Summer Beauty Must-Haves

Summertime is a perfect excuse to revamp the contents of your beauty bag – and the bag itself! This season is meant to be carefree – you know, less work, more time lounging by the sea or on a sailboat… or with your feet dipped in the baby pool you set up in the backyard for the kids. Regardless of whether you choose a trip to the islands, or a stay-cation, it’s time to lighten up your beauty routine. Choose products that are versatile – which can save you time, money and space!

5 Summer Beauty Must-Haves 
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Sunscreen/Moisturizer Combo – the days of slathering your body in baby oil to get a deeper sun tan (or burn) are over. It’s vitally important that you protect your skin, especially the more sensitive skin on your face. Simplify by picking a moisturizer that has sunscreen in it, this way you will get your sunscreen every morning when you apply your moisturizer.

Favorite: Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15
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Hair Treatments – Of course we are partial to the Cowboy Magic® Detangler & Shine™ and it’s perfect for your summer beauty bag. Whether you need a detangler or deep conditioner after a dip in the pool or the ocean or a lightweight blow dry serum, the Detangler & Shine™ can get the job done.

Favorite: Cowboy Magic® Detangler & Shine™
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Lip Crayon – Lip liner, lipstick and gloss all-in-one stick. Easy to throw in your beauty bag and easy to apply for a no-fuss gorgeous summer look.

Favorite: Cover Girl™ Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm
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Eye Shadow Crayon – With heat and humidity on the rise you will want to go lighter on makeup overall, but especially on the eyes. Try an eye shadow crayon – they are lightweight and come in numerous colors. Layer the colors and skip the eye liner.

Favorite: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Stick for Eyes
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Facial Cleansing Wipes – Keep a package of these on hand to give your face a quick refreshing after a morning at the beach or afternoon by the pool. These wipes are also great for removing makeup. Most drugstores and big box stores have their own brand which can save you some money.

Favorite:Yes to Cucumbers Cleansing Towelettes
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Bonus Must-Have – Of course if you are giving the contents of your beauty bag an overhaul for summer, then you should probably change out the old drab pouch you were using for a super chic Dopp Kit from Hudson + Bleecker. The Labyrinth Turquoise is our favorite!

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